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Chip Kelly’s insistence on personnel control was his undoing

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Chip Kelly proved at Oregon that he’s a good football coach. And he proved in Philadelphia that he’s a bad personnel evaluator.

After three seasons of increasingly poor results, the Eagles have fired Kelly today, and it’s no surprise that only one person was fired with him: Ed Marynowitz, who was vice president of player personnel and an ally of Kelly’s within the building. When Kelly insisted on — and was granted — full personnel control this offseason, it was Marynowitz who was anointed Kelly’s No. 2.

Kelly and Marynowitz were primarily responsible for the personnel decisions the Eagles made this offseason, and those decisions were disasters. Sam Bradford, acquired in a trade that cost the Eagles their 2016 second-round pick, has been a disappointment at quarterback. DeMarco Murray, acquired in a big free agent signing, looked like a terrible fit in Kelly’s offense. Nelson Agholor, the first-round draft pick, was a downgrade at wide receiver.

As it turned out, Kelly simply doesn’t know how to run an NFL personnel department. He has no experience dealing with scouting, or with the draft, or with the salary cap. He may know his own offensive system, but he lacks the skill set to scout other players and determine whether they’ll fit in his system.

And so Kelly is done in Philadelphia, but not done as a head coach. He’ll land on his feet somewhere, maybe in college or maybe in the NFL. He just won’t get another opportunity for full personnel control. He’s already shown he’s a failure at that job.

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65 Responses to “Chip Kelly’s insistence on personnel control was his undoing”
  1. medialovesthecowboys says: Dec 29, 2015 7:34 PM

    Kelly was just in over his head.
    Lots of guys rebound though. Sometimes, experience isn’t just the best teacher…it’s the only one.

  2. cjpom664 says: Dec 29, 2015 7:36 PM

    Man he set that franchise back a few years with all of those personnel moves… bitter sweet day for Philly fans.

  3. kerrchris65 says: Dec 29, 2015 7:36 PM

    Titans on line 1.

  4. thepftpoet says: Dec 29, 2015 7:37 PM

    Chip Kelly wasn’t a horrible coach.

    He’s clearly better than a lot of current ones in the NFL…

    Mike McCarthy is the perfect example of a horrible one who still has a job year after year.

    The Best Head Coach in the NFL is Mike Zimmer.

  5. billswillnevermove says: Dec 29, 2015 7:38 PM

    Yes, because he did such a great job with that……ask Jackson, Maclin and McCoy.

  6. crappygovernment says: Dec 29, 2015 7:38 PM

    Go to Canada and get some more reps in the CFL, Chip!

  7. argh88 says: Dec 29, 2015 7:39 PM

    Dumb move by the Eagles to move on from Chip.

  8. stinkymcmulligan says: Dec 29, 2015 7:39 PM

    Chip Kelly as the ultimate overseer of an NFL team was an ABSOLUTE and UNMITIGATED DISGRACE

  9. theuglitruth says: Dec 29, 2015 7:39 PM

    And Andy Reid going to the playoffs…lol.

  10. chuckymaloof says: Dec 29, 2015 7:39 PM

    I bet the organization and the new coach sure would love to have Shady, Maclin, and D-Jax on the roster.

  11. blackcatnfl says: Dec 29, 2015 7:42 PM

    More like his insistence that time of possession “doesn’t matter”

  12. dangerbird28 says: Dec 29, 2015 7:43 PM

    when will NFL owners realize that coaches should not also be the GM? it doesn’t work

  13. raiderlyfe510 says: Dec 29, 2015 7:43 PM

    Should have been more moat isn’t. He needed at least two more draft classes.

  14. spittake1 says: Dec 29, 2015 7:43 PM

    Michael, you forgot to include Byron Maxwell, who was ridiculously overpaid.

  15. jamarcuslives says: Dec 29, 2015 7:46 PM

    The day he canned DeSean Jackson and smeared him with the gang stuff, I knew he was doomed. Especially after keeping Riley Cooper. Was just matter of time.

  16. theuglitruth says: Dec 29, 2015 7:48 PM

    This is what happens when you listen to the fans who wanted Andy Reid gone…careful what you wish for!

  17. Ferdinand says: Dec 29, 2015 7:51 PM

    Not that it was unexpected or undeserved – but why now? Why not wait 5 days until the season is over?

  18. xpensivewinos says: Dec 29, 2015 7:51 PM

    Don’t sell him short, Chip Kelly is a HUGE #2 himself……

  19. thegame2love says: Dec 29, 2015 7:57 PM

    He had the perfect players for his flawed system and traded them all away for average Joes.

    I laugh constantly at the nano speed offense that does nothing more than cause his offense to make mistakes, punt the ball or turn it over, and wears out his defense.

    Square peg, round hole.

  20. dingusgenius says: Dec 29, 2015 8:00 PM

    “when will NFL owners realize that coaches should not also be the GM? it doesn’t work”

    Unless you’re name is Bill Belichick

  21. averagjoe says: Dec 29, 2015 8:01 PM

    Kelly sees himself as some kind of football God who wants to create a team in his own image. We can see how that worked out in Philly. So why would Tennesse want him? Having a man-crush on Mariota is no excuse to let him screw up the rest of the team.

  22. bleedeaglegreen says: Dec 29, 2015 8:02 PM

    “As it turned out, Kelly simply doesn’t know how to run an NFL personnel department. He has no experience dealing with scouting, or with the draft, or with the salary cap. He may know his own offensive system, but he lacks the skill set to scout other players and determine whether they’ll fit in his system.”

    @charliecharger – this is exactly the difference between football geniuses like Jimmy Johnson & Bill Walsh & a college coach like Chip Kelly. This what made them championship winning coaches & exactly what Chip didn’t possess.

  23. jag1959 says: Dec 29, 2015 8:03 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Dec 29, 2015 7:37 PM
    Chip Kelly wasn’t a horrible coach.

    He’s clearly better than a lot of current ones in the NFL…

    Mike McCarthy is the perfect example of a horrible one who still has a job year after year.

    The Best Head Coach in the NFL is Mike Zimmer.
    ___________________

    I can’t decide what part of that is the funniest but thanks for the laugh. I guarantee it wasn’t as loud or long as the one that is probably still going on in KC but I probably needed my laugh more than Andy Reid needed his so there’s that. Either way thanks again

  24. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Dec 29, 2015 8:03 PM

    kerrchris65 says:
    Dec 29, 2015 7:36 PM
    Titans on line 1.
    =====

    Why? Because they have an Oregon player Kelly recruited on their roster?

    How many teams is that true of? 6? 9? More? Why would the Titans hire this dumpster fire of a coach just because their QB played for him in college?

    Why?

  25. davearnone says: Dec 29, 2015 8:04 PM

    If a senior leader in any company who demanded more power after a single year of employment I’d expect the owner/CEO boss to have told that joker to pack sand.

    This falls on ownership. Bad decision.

  26. dawiz2008 says: Dec 29, 2015 8:04 PM

    Thats what happens wwhen andy reid starts dabbing. You had his great players and booted them to comfort your ego, but all that did was show your weakness to accept and adapt.

  27. internetcommenter7 says: Dec 29, 2015 8:05 PM

    dangerbird28 says:
    Dec 29, 2015 7:43 PM
    when will NFL owners realize that coaches should not also be the GM? it doesn’t work

    4 0
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    It does in New England

  28. meximyke says: Dec 29, 2015 8:05 PM

    Easier to coach college kids who want to learn, then a bunch of prima donnas who think they know everything! He did a good job weeding out some of the trash, but didn’t get rid of them all! Just look at the league!

  29. raidernation37 says: Dec 29, 2015 8:07 PM

    Not really fair comparing a rookie wide out to Maclin and Jackson who are pro bowlers and stars in the league

  30. averagjoe says: Dec 29, 2015 8:07 PM

    Kudos to Jeff Lurie for cutting his losses and setting off on a course of healing.

    ~aj

  31. savior72 says: Dec 29, 2015 8:08 PM

    Bradford for Foles trade is a wash. Foles isn’t even starting now.

  32. anarchopurplism says: Dec 29, 2015 8:08 PM

    He’ll be out of a job…..for like 5 minutes.

    Ego has to be a bit smaller in the NFL, when managing men.

    Question is….how many years until the next College Coach negotiates that much personnel power? Maybe when the Harbaugh Strikes Back.

  33. PATRIOTSDYNASTYLIVES says: Dec 29, 2015 8:10 PM

    Everybody is a football expert …when you all ready know the results of games……..

  34. rjth2012 says: Dec 29, 2015 8:11 PM

    Bill Davis absolutely gave Kelly no chance!!! Kelly had his issues and made plenty of mistakes. I still am very happy that Jackson, McCoy are gone. As a 50 plus year fan I understand the move yet still do not fully understand why. I think it was over personnel and it looked like in that regard Chip was inexperienced. Still a very good coach and he will learn from this much like Pete Carroll, Bill B. , and a long list of former head coaches. He has to accept it, process it and then move forward. He is a brilliant offensive mind.

  35. freedomofspeechyesway says: Dec 29, 2015 8:11 PM

    This guy wanted college campus control in the real world. Go back to playing with children, Chip.

  36. raiderlyfe510 says: Dec 29, 2015 8:11 PM

    It’s a mistake just like the firing of Schiano. When you hire a college coach you have to let him get rid of the old vets that are stuck in their ways and let him build his program with wild eyed rookies that he can mold in his image.

    If you don’t have that kind of patience then hire an experienced NFL coach who can work with vets.

  37. fanboyarmy says: Dec 29, 2015 8:12 PM

    Wait for it. Because of yet another new Head Coach, Eagle Nation will spend all off season spouting claims of dynasty. As usual, Eagles all mouth no fist.

  38. bassplucker says: Dec 29, 2015 8:12 PM

    And yet somewhere, possibly as early as this offseason, another team will grant another hot HC candidate full personnel control just to get him on their sideline. The NFL is a copycat league but also a league where teams are very slow to learn from others mistakes.

  39. bert1913 says: Dec 29, 2015 8:17 PM

    go back to college and run your college offense where it belongs

  40. slick50ks says: Dec 29, 2015 8:19 PM

    Lets not kid ourselves, he is a terrible head coach too.

    Only the idiot Eagles fans think any differently.

  41. jonathankrobinson424 says: Dec 29, 2015 8:19 PM

    ……Chip was spending Luries money and draft picks and getting nothing in return. (Murray/Bradford/Thurmon..etc).Dont mess with a millionare owner and his $$$$$.

  42. lambeaudungbarn says: Dec 29, 2015 8:23 PM

    Bradford was worth a 4th or late 3rd, he reminds me of an injury prone Stafford from the Lions!
    You just didn’t know which Sam was showing up,
    Sam Bradford, Or Yosemite Sam shooting himself in the foot.. But he’s yours now….

  43. v2787 says: Dec 29, 2015 8:24 PM

    I love it when arrogant, self-anointed geniuses fall flat on their faces. Good riddance to Kelly. The fans of Philly deserved better.

  44. chunkderrrty says: Dec 29, 2015 8:34 PM

    He’ll end up in Cleveland

  45. eagleswin says: Dec 29, 2015 8:45 PM

    savior72 says:
    Dec 29, 2015 8:08 PM
    Bradford for Foles trade is a wash. Foles isn’t even starting now.

    ——————————-

    Not really. The Eagles are without a 2nd round pick this year in the trade for Bradford. That really hurts for a team that has a lot of needs.

    I still think that Foles was a better fit than Bradford. How many times did we hear from the media towards the end of the season how Bradford was never really comfortable with the system.

    It sounded like damage control from his agent but hey, he made 13 mill to suck this year.

  46. Cheating Inc, Boston Mass says: Dec 29, 2015 8:46 PM

    Ge off Kelly’s back, people! All he needed was time.

    Sincerely,
    Josh McDaniels & Hue Jackson

  47. wrlegrand says: Dec 29, 2015 8:54 PM

    I’m really not sure why they didn’t try to trade him to the Titans first. At least they could have netted a pick in the meantime…

  48. stevegrogannakedbootleg says: Dec 29, 2015 9:07 PM

    Chip was spending Luries money and draft picks and getting nothing in return. (Murray/Bradford/Thurmon..etc).Dont mess with a millionare owner and his $$$$$.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Firing cost him potentially 13 Million

  49. ebhaynz says: Dec 29, 2015 9:11 PM

    Eagles fans: “Kelly set us back a few years by his incompetence”.

    Reality: The Eagles are always floundering backwards.

  50. ebhaynz says: Dec 29, 2015 9:13 PM

    I remember last year Peter King made a special section in his MMQB for the wisdom of Chip Kelly.

    And yeah, that didn’t last very long either.

  51. namriverrat69 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:15 PM

    savior72

    The reason Foles isn’t playing is because he is injured. .

  52. ebhaynz says: Dec 29, 2015 9:16 PM

    Yo Chip, the NFL stands for “Not For Long” now doesn’t it?

  53. danceformemarionetteboy says: Dec 29, 2015 9:21 PM

    PATRIOTSDYNASTYLIVES says:
    Dec 29, 2015 8:10 PM

    Everybody is a football expert …when you all ready know the results of games……..

    ===============

    Cheating also helps…

    I hear.

  54. ptm014100 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:29 PM

    This reminds me a lot of Josh McDaniels tenure with the broncos. Came in, traded away all their talenttalent, and left the team in shambles.

  55. lightofkolob says: Dec 29, 2015 9:59 PM

    Murray didn’t fit what the Eagles were doing, but making sure he didn’t remain a Cowboy was brilliant. He made them a very one dimensional team.

  56. bearsfan5150 says: Dec 29, 2015 10:13 PM

    I’m not an Eagles fan, nor a fan of a rival, so I am just going to give an objective opinion… My opinion is that Kelly tried to “out-genius” himself. What I mean is that he thought his system, & his system alone, would be enough to get the Eagles to the “Promised Land”. He had no room for egos or opinions, henceforth getting rid of Jackson & McCoy. He also thought his system would be enough to get by without a great O-Line & any QB, so he didn’t address the O-Line, & then traded Foles for Bradford. Plus I believe that the only reason he signed Murray (Ryan Matthews had already agreed to sign at that point) was that he thought that would weaken the Cowboys, all the while he had the pieces to move up on the Cowboys. Murray was never a fit for his system while Matthews & Sproles are. Just my opinion though…

  57. djaehne says: Dec 29, 2015 10:42 PM

    That picture makes it look like Kelly is trying to hold back on passing gas.

  58. eagles512 says: Dec 29, 2015 11:11 PM

    Should have been given another year. Lurie bowed to the media and fan unrest. That’s not how you run an organization.

  59. raiderblack1 says: Dec 30, 2015 12:02 AM

    And firing Kelly after one mediocre season was the Eagles undoing…

  60. kpizzow says: Dec 30, 2015 7:46 AM

    Look at all the players he got rid of going to the playoffs. He can’t handle men. He wants boys who do what they are told. He doesn’t want to be confronted or questioned at all. He better run back to college ball so he can boss the kids around.

  61. bocabob12 says: Dec 30, 2015 8:30 AM

    Interesting…. Very few can do both jobs…

    Mike Holmgren resigned from the Green Bay Packers after the 1998 season to accept an eight-year head coach contract offered by the Seattle Seahawks. Originally, Holmgren was the Executive Vice President/General Manager and Head Coach of the Seahawks. Following the 2002 season, Holmgren was terminated as Seahawks General Manager and was then a full time coach…. Holmgren took the Seahawks to their first postseason since 1988 during his first season with the club in 1999, breaking a 10-year playoff drought. Holmgren has posted a 72-56 (56.3%) regular-season record and a 3-4 (42.9%) postseason record, including an AFC West Division title (1999), one NFC Wildcard berth (2003), four consecutive NFC West Division titles (2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007), an NFC championship (2005), and the Seahawks’ first-ever berth in a Super Bowl.and the rest is history…

  62. markwri says: Dec 30, 2015 8:33 AM

    meximyke says:
    Dec 29, 2015 8:05 PM

    Easier to coach college kids who want to learn, then a bunch of prima donnas who think they know everything!

    ———————————————————————————-

    Interesting point, I wonder how many teams are succeeding with lower round draft choices and undrafted free agents? These players seem to be willing to learn and are hungrier. Clearly, a team needs first rounders to win as well, but it’s the “role players” (to steal a basketball term), that seem to make the difference for sustained success.

  63. szwhtsup123 says: Dec 30, 2015 9:18 AM

    Chip Kelly is the Obama of the Eagles organization. He set this franchise back years, and it’s going to take some real leadership and time to turn them around and clean up his mess. Good luck Eagles fans….

  64. mogogo1 says: Dec 30, 2015 11:26 AM

    Crazy fact many don’t realize about Chip. He had a total of only 4 years as a head coach before the Eagles hired him and gave him personnel control. His 4 years running Oregon–which was already a power when he took over–was it, at any level. No surprise he wasn’t ready for the NFL.

  65. steelerben says: Dec 30, 2015 11:27 AM

    The Eagles might not be in as bad shape moving forward as everyone is predicting here. There is talent on that roster, even if it didn’t fit the Chip Kelly mold. The defense had some bright spots and could gel under the right leadership and the offense could become productive quickly with a change to a power scheme and adding some lineman via the draft and free agency.

    The puzzling thing is why they didn’t just let him finish off the last game and see if they could get anything in return for him before letting him go. I would guess that the reports of Peters pulling himself were true and that Kelly had totally lost control of the team.

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