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Report: Kelly balked when Lurie asked him to give up personnel

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Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie recognized that Chip Kelly wasn’t getting the job done as a personnel man, and tried to fix that problem. But Kelly resisted.

Sal Paolantonio of ESPN reports that Lurie has been considering changes to the structure of the Eagles franchise for weeks, and one of those changes Lurie considered was keeping Kelly but stripping him of personnel control. But when Lurie proposed that to Kelly during a recent meeting, Kelly balked at the idea.

When Kelly wouldn’t agree to give up personnel and focus only on coaching, that’s when Lurie decided it just wasn’t working with Kelly. According to Paolantonio, Lurie decided to fire Kelly now, rather than waiting until after Week 17, because he figured it would give the Eagles a jump on attracting some of the best candidates to replace him.

So because Kelly wanted to be both the coach and the head of personnel, he’s now neither.

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51 Responses to “Report: Kelly balked when Lurie asked him to give up personnel”
  1. enochmh2 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:03 PM

    do not give unproven coaches absolute power! chip didnt even win a national championship

  2. slizzyslizz says: Dec 29, 2015 9:03 PM

    He’s a rich unemployed man though…

  3. jobo50 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:04 PM

    You heard it here first Sean McDermott from the Panthers will be the 2016 Eagles Head Coach

  4. a1b24312 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:06 PM

    Surprising, but the correct move.

  5. qdog112 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:08 PM

    Hey Chip, clean out your locker and leave my visor on the table.

  6. joewilliesshnoz says: Dec 29, 2015 9:08 PM

    Todd Haley, Mr. Lurie is on line one.

  7. raidermark says: Dec 29, 2015 9:13 PM

    I’ve never understood a GM handling the roster. That’s like a GM of a restaurant buying the food for a chef and telling him what to cook.

  8. mendenhallfumblemachine says: Dec 29, 2015 9:18 PM


    Todd Haley has done a great job as coordinator, but he kind of fits that toxic coordinator mood, great play caller not fit to be a heard coach. Kind of reminds me of a Josh Mcdaniels or Wade Phillips, most teams would be crazy to not want them as coordinators, but very few would dare as head coaches. We’ll see if Haley has overcome his rep with his time in Pittsburgh, as a what I’d like to call myself an informed steelers fan, I just don’t see that being the case yet. Or maybe I’m just hoping.

  9. dwinsgames says: Dec 29, 2015 9:19 PM

    The GM got the coach fired.

  10. trainwrecksryan says: Dec 29, 2015 9:20 PM

    Coach Kelly, GM Killer
    GM Kelly, Coach Killer

  11. mrtomlarson says: Dec 29, 2015 9:20 PM

    It will be Holmgren….. Lurie tried the unproven so now wants a proven winner….. Decision was made when Holmgren announced he wants to coach again

  12. mrtomlarson says: Dec 29, 2015 9:27 PM

    Lurie tried the unproven and once Holmgren announced he wants to coach again, decision was made…. Now they hire a proven

  13. vottorific says: Dec 29, 2015 9:29 PM

    Carefull what you ask for Chip. You might get it. Lmao!

  14. tonebones says: Dec 29, 2015 9:30 PM

    Jeffrey Lurie has owned the Eagles for a long time now and doesn’t have a super bowl trophy. We can laugh at Chip Kelly or Andy Reid all we want, but Lurie’s decisions obviously haven’t led to a championship. I’m not quick to jump up and start cheering this latest decision either. I’m starting to think the man just doesn’t have it. The most stable organizations are the ones that win super bowls, not the teams that make changes just to look busy. They’re not fooling anyone. I take that back. Lurie is fooling some of you.

  15. tfarr45 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:32 PM

    Next will come the ESPN report : NFL owners fighting and falling all over themselves to hire Chip Kelly !!!!! … ala Doug Marrone last year. Wait for it ……

  16. namriverrat69 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:32 PM

    Dick Vermeil he wasn’t.

  17. richabbs says: Dec 29, 2015 9:33 PM

    They probably won’t do it, but Vic Fangio would be the perfect guy to be HC.

  18. eagles1960 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:35 PM

    Bring back vermeil.

  19. jhorton83 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:36 PM

    Same thing happened in Seattle a long time ago actually. Early in his tenure, Mike Holmgren was given complete control of the roster along with being head coach and after a few mediocre seasons and terrible personnel moves, he was almost fired. It was only when he agreed to give up personnel control and focus on coaching did the Seahawks become a good team. Some coaches are just to arrogant to accept the fact that there are others more qualified to be GM.

  20. eagles1960 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:37 PM

    Talent trumps culture chippah. Enjoy your millions you fraud.

  21. coltzfan166 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:39 PM

    We all keep speculating Chip to Tennessee but what about Cleveland? He might be one of the only coaches that will want Manziel

  22. wheels579 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:42 PM

    This is a totally unfair assessment. Lurie gave Chip total control to begin with, so the blame should be on Lurie, not Chip, especially when Lurie turns around and fires him one year after the promotion. So why is Lurie being cast as the good guy for trying to take away control he just gave to Chip last year (which almost never works out well, by the way), and Chip is the bad guy for not eagerly relinquishing control without being given at least a year to fix his mistakes? Ask yourself this question: if you were in Chip’s shoes, would you just give up control to save a job that’s unlikely to last beyond next year without an extension? It’s Lurie, not Chip, that doesn’t know what he’s doing.

  23. margoadams says: Dec 29, 2015 9:45 PM

    He was railroaded by the players. Big mistake by the owner to side with the players. Should’ve had Chip’s back. Now they will be in rebuilding mode…. Again!

  24. txwj says: Dec 29, 2015 9:49 PM

    Chip Kelly is an offensive genius. The best eagles coach since rich kotite. I hope they hire another idiot real soon.

  25. pdp2100 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:49 PM

    McDermott bringing in Mike McCoy as OC?

  26. thegreatestofalltimes says: Dec 29, 2015 9:50 PM

    Bye, Felicia.

  27. chrisk61 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:52 PM

    I heard Kelly tested positive for HGH

  28. intrafinesse says: Dec 29, 2015 9:52 PM

    I want to see how Chip Kelly does with another team.
    Lets see how much of a genius he is with Marcus Mariota and the Titans.

    At least he did major damage to the Eagles and it will take them a couple of years to recover.

  29. jjmcowboyup says: Dec 29, 2015 10:09 PM

    Eagles should be fine. Isn’t everyone in this high powered offense replaceable? Just insert another coach in….

  30. cambodianbreastmilk says: Dec 29, 2015 10:11 PM

    I expected Kelly to get fired, but figured he’d get another year to turn it around. Wrong. Lol

  31. rams1999 says: Dec 29, 2015 10:12 PM

    So can I now proclaim the Rams as the winners of the weak Foles/Bradford trade?
    Rams gained Nick Foles (who is not an upgrade nor downgrade at QB, although we did screw up with a minor extension before season began), a 2nd round pick in ’16, and rid of the hefty Bradford contract.

    Eagles gained Bradford for a year.

  32. j0esixpack says: Dec 29, 2015 10:13 PM

    It wouldn’t surprise me if Kelly has the Tennessee job locked up already and thus was happy to force the issue of his firing to collect an extra $13 million.

    If that’s the case it’s wrong to characterize anything Kelly said or did to get fired as anything BUT a pretty savvy move

  33. vikings1234 says: Dec 29, 2015 10:14 PM

    But, but, but, I thought the Chipster was the smartest guy in the world. A genius, I think they called him.

    Eagles starting over again. Too bad, they have rabid fans.

  34. maestro1899 says: Dec 29, 2015 10:16 PM

    HE WILL BE COACHING THE tennessee titties next season! He like Marcus Mariota.

  35. roadtrip3500 says: Dec 29, 2015 10:19 PM

    If Chip had been brought in to run a struggling perennial-basement team, that might have worked. He could start essentially from scratch and there’d be no expectations for 4-5 years. But he took over a playoff-caliber team (Andy’s final season notwithstanding), gutted the playoff-caliber talent, and was too stubborn to update his “system” after the rest of the league figured out how to stop it.

    The fact that his “system” was figured out so quickly by NFL defensive coordinators is what may keep him from an NFL head coaching job in 2016. At this point, I don’t see any team worth their salt even wanting him as an OC… this wasn’t the next great offense a la Bill Walsh’s West Coast scheme that every team had to have.

    Parcells had two rings before he asked to “shop for the groceries”… Kelly had no such resume.

  36. ivanpavlov0000 says: Dec 29, 2015 10:19 PM

    Sounds like Kelly decided that as a coach, he wanted nothing to do with the mess he made as a GM.

  37. saintsredwings says: Dec 29, 2015 10:20 PM

    I’d for for Gase ( I think Bears OC NOW ). He has a good track record plus he’s made Cutler a good QB.

  38. sourcesclosetothesituation says: Dec 29, 2015 10:39 PM

    Ha, he didn’t want control of personnel. He’s smart enough to know if he got fired, he gets his entire contract paid out. Then if he is hired as a coach somewhere else, he get the full value of that contract, without any offsets. The guy’s much smarter than you might think after watching him flop this year.

  39. phillyphanatic77 says: Dec 29, 2015 10:55 PM

    Joewilliesshnoz- I don’t think there is a candidate I’d be less enthused about than Todd Haley. I would rather the Birds keep Chip over hiring Haley.

  40. najacoo22 says: Dec 29, 2015 11:30 PM

    jobo50 says:
    Dec 29, 2015 9:04 PM
    You heard it here first Sean McDermott from the Panthers will be the 2016 Eagles Head Coach


    Probably not… He was on Andy Reid’s staff and things didn’t go so well during his tenure in Philadelphia.

  41. tangovader says: Dec 29, 2015 11:46 PM

    The same personnel control that he tried to deny he had control over in his last presser. lol

  42. esd45suf says: Dec 29, 2015 11:52 PM

    How can you go from total control to not in the same organization?

  43. SlinginSammieB says: Dec 30, 2015 12:41 AM

    Mr. Lurie, bring me Josh McDaniels or Matt Patricia.

  44. suncawy says: Dec 30, 2015 1:08 AM

    Not many can copy what Jimmy Johnson did for the Cowboys.

  45. xpensivewinos says: Dec 30, 2015 1:12 AM

    Sorry, I couldn’t hear you over the thunderous laughter of LeSean McCoy……

  46. screamingyellowzonkers says: Dec 30, 2015 5:14 AM

    Given this story that Chip wouldn’t give up control, I wonder if Chip orchestrated this to get out of Philly and to coach Mariota?

  47. annes22 says: Dec 30, 2015 8:04 AM

    Don’t come near the Dolphins please.

  48. mogogo1 says: Dec 30, 2015 11:06 AM

    He shouldn’t have been given power over personnel in the first place. He might have made it if he’d just been coaching because his best year was the first one before any of his guys were on board.

    But after that interview the other day where he basically said the team was fine and that next year the same roster would prove he’d been right all along how could they let him keep personnel power?

  49. cosmicconvoy says: Dec 30, 2015 6:02 PM

    Why would Lurie need to ask Kelly to reduce his role? He could just say this is how it’s gonna be – take it or leave it.

  50. ohand16 says: Dec 30, 2015 11:09 PM

    Tom Cable should get the Philly job

  51. trina16 says: Jan 1, 2016 5:14 PM

    SlinginSammieB says:
    Dec 30, 2015 12:41 AM
    Mr. Lurie, bring me Josh McDaniels or Matt Patricia.

    No, go get your own. I like them just where they are.

    – A Patriots fan

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