Chip Kelly’s insistence on personnel control was his undoing

AP

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.

65 responses to “Chip Kelly’s insistence on personnel control was his undoing

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

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. “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.

  7. 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.
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    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

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

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    It does in New England

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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….

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

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

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    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.

  21. 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 $$$$$.
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    Firing cost him potentially 13 Million

  22. 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.

  23. 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…

  24. 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.

  25. 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…

  26. 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!

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    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.

  27. 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….

  28. 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.

  29. 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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