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After Chip Kelly, Eagles looking for coach with “emotional intelligence”

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Chip Kelly will get another coaching job in the NFL if he wants one.

But after watching owner Jeff Lurie’s press conference Wednesday, there will be one thing Kelly will have to prove able to overcome — for himself as much as future employers — if he wants to be successful.

As much as anything else Lurie said, saying he wanted his next coach to value “emotional intelligence” will go down as the epitaph on Kelly’s coaching career in Philadelphia.

Kelly thinks fast, and talks fast. He’s fascinated by science and technology.

But at its core, football remains a people business, and being able to maximize the personnel on hand has as much to do with massaging their egos as their muscles.

When running back DeMarco Murray talked to Lurie recently, much was made of the “broken promises.” That has as much with his role as a high-profile player (which he’d naturally think he was, given the contract he received) as the plays he was running. Football players may want to be led, but they also want to be valued, or their affection and attention will last as long as the good fortune it takes to win on a regular basis.

Such things that can’t be quantified seemed to matter little to Kelly, and it was clear the longer Lurie talked, the more of a problem that was within the organization.

As a result, the next coach of the Eagles seems likely to be a get-along guy, someone who can work within a framework (specifically, one created and administered by Howie Roseman). Or at least understand that the chess pieces he’s moving around the board have feelings and families attached to them.

So while it may have lacked the same fervor of Al Davis firing Lane Kiffin via overhead projector, having Lurie stand there so coolly explaining that Kelly’s failure was a human one was every bit as damning.

Again, Kelly won enough to make himself valuable to other franchises, particularly the kind who have perpetual openings.

But in his next stop, he might be better served if he’s able to better blend the art and the science of managing a roster of 53 men and the small army of other people that surround them.

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  1. bassplucker says: Dec 30, 2015 2:10 PM

    Same thing was Trestman’s undoing in Chicago. He is well above average in football intelligence but by multiple accounts he just was not tuned in to his players at all relationally.

  2. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Dec 30, 2015 2:11 PM

    Could we please stop looking for so called genuis in the 100 years of the NFL there has never been a genius employed in the NFL and there never will be

  3. margoadams says: Dec 30, 2015 2:14 PM

    Lurie had that coach. Both Reid and Kelly are better than anything else available. Lurie messed up. AGAIN! Now players will know they can go above the coach to whine about playing time.

  4. bleedingfacemask says: Dec 30, 2015 2:18 PM

    “As a result, the next coach of the Eagles seems likely to be a get-along guy, someone who can work within a framework”

    In other words, they’ve already rejected Jim Harbaugh’s job application.

    Got it.

  5. fumblenuts says: Dec 30, 2015 2:18 PM

    Emotional intelligence?

    Sweeeeeeeeeet……. Emoooooooootion

    Jim Schwartz

  6. jocyn says: Dec 30, 2015 2:19 PM

    30 seconds after the announcement on Tuesday… “Mr. Lurie… we’ve got Jon Gruden on Line 1”.

  7. a1b24312 says: Dec 30, 2015 2:21 PM

    Sounds a lot like Ryne Sandberg from a few months ago in Philadelphia.

  8. zeke2517 says: Dec 30, 2015 2:22 PM

    “Chip Kelly will get another coaching job in the NFL if he wants one.”

    You sure about that?

  9. RavenzGunnerz says: Dec 30, 2015 2:22 PM

    The temperatures are below zero. A hall of famer QB is beating your …., the air is thin at mile high.

    You need men (not kids), and camaraderie (Not FAs who want to get more carries for their own stats), to get out of the lions den victorious.

    Talent wise, the NFL is basically, wants all team to be mediocre. not good, not bad, just same level. What wins in the NFL, is leadership and togetherness. A bunch of guys who have been together for a long while, been to war together, lost battles together, have a common goal.

    If you load up on FAs, like Chip did, you end up with a bunch of me, me, me… and the locker room becomes toxic.

    Chip Kelly has set the Eagles waay back, by cutting almost 50% of the talent that he obtained. It will take years to build that team again…

  10. jocko1181 says: Dec 30, 2015 2:24 PM

    Translation: Chip was a douche

  11. laserw says: Dec 30, 2015 2:25 PM

    The Philthydelphia football has chased away two wining coaches in the last four years.

    I think the owner of that pathetic team now wants to be Daniel Snyder AND Jerruh Jones.

    Laurie has been way oversold for way too many years.

  12. roadtrip3500 says: Dec 30, 2015 2:28 PM

    Science and technology are just fine when you’re playing Madden… not so much with live humans who have egos, injuries, brain locks, and the occasional disagreement.

    Technical savvy works in college because it’s a constant revolving roster and you have to plug-and-play every year. In the NFL, it’s about a system and players that will work for the long haul. Kelly found out this year that trying to flip a roster doesn’t have the same results in the pros.

  13. eaglesfanalways says: Dec 30, 2015 2:30 PM

    Lurie also wants a coach that understand Philadelphia fans…when you’re losing we don’t want someone who talks down to you like we don’t see the situation for what it is. Chip had some great one liners, but never spoke to the fans here. 85% said they were glad see him go…

  14. jonathankrobinson424 says: Dec 30, 2015 2:31 PM

    ……..I know he may be considered a re-tread…but I hope the Eagle interview Mike Smith the ex-Falcons coach. A coaching veteran. I think it’s best when you hire a coach with a strong defensive background and let them hire a young Offensive coordinator.

  15. baltimoresnativeson says: Dec 30, 2015 2:36 PM

    He got rid of his top 2 receivers. Both of whom are in the playoffs. And his top running back.

    Then got fired.

    Just a thought, but maybe he should have kept his best players. At least with them he had a winning record.

  16. araidersfan says: Dec 30, 2015 2:36 PM

    Since I neither like nor hate the Eagles I have no dog in this hunt. It sounds to me like Lurie is looking for a “player’s coach”. From what I’ve seen, that doesn’t generally work because often the players view such a guy as wishy-washy, or a puppet of the front office (past examples with my Raiders – Joe Bugel, Norv Turner). And if he is a nice guy who sincerely cares about being the players’ friend then he’ll get walked over .

    Generally the most successful “player’s coaches” ‘s have been those guys who are ex-NFL players themselves because they have credibility, can empathize but generally have enough inner-toughness to make it clear who is in charge of the squad. Another warning: there have been other successful “player’s coaches” who were popular in the locker room but took the players side against the front-office and were ultimately fired.

    If I were a Philly fan I would NOT want a “player’s coach” but rather a guy with some successful past experience as a HC and who can live within the organizational structure but is firmly in charge of the players he coaches – without being a petty dictator like Kelly turned into.

  17. jrossizzle says: Dec 30, 2015 2:37 PM

    Maybe they’ll hire Michael Sam

  18. peytonwantsaflag says: Dec 30, 2015 2:37 PM

    yep, cause the greats – Belichick, Landry, Lombardi, etc,- were all big feelings first guys.

    if you win Demarco Murray doesn’t get that plane sit-down, or if he does he gets a pat on the head and hearty “hang in there bud”.

  19. broncosfanatic277 says: Dec 30, 2015 2:38 PM

    Maybe Philly needs an owner with some emotional intelligence?

  20. artvan15 says: Dec 30, 2015 2:39 PM

    You just described DICK VERMEIL

  21. jrob0215 says: Dec 30, 2015 2:40 PM

    The guy won 20 games in his first two years with Mike Vick, Nick Foles, and Mark Sanchez at QB. You can only win so many games without a good player at that spot, but he also made a mistake of ditching too much talent at the skill positions.

    As far as the whole emotion thing goes, it’s total nonsense. Belichick is as dull as they come, but he wins and his players respect him. Now the Eagles will get some rah-rah guy like Pagano that will have early success and fall off after two years, followed by a fiery coach that wears his players out after two years. Rinse. Repeat.

  22. jmc8888 says: Dec 30, 2015 2:40 PM

    There is no science in managing a roster. Statistical theory is not science. Never has been in ANY field, never will be in ANY field.

    Science can utilize numbers, but the use of numbers does not equate it to being science.

    Analytics in not science. It can be a useful tool, or a misused tool. It definitely no matter how you look at it, is not science.

    Just like there is no such thing as a social science.

    We use the word ‘science’ way too much in an incorrect fashion. It’s like ‘reality tv’. You know where they put people on an island and throw the world against them to see them fight like savages. It’s not reality, just like the above is not science.

    On that note, it’s smart to see Lurie understand that a college creative offensive mind, who is rigid and narrow overall in his offensive mind (thus not a genius, just creative given the circumstances of the college game and not recognizing different circumstances effecting the NFL game), is not the most important aspect. There are equally important aspects…

    Such as doing your due diligence on incorporating talent that fits with your narrow offensive philosophy BEFORE signing them, and being able to take all these pieces and harmonize it both within your philosophy and within a locker room.

    Kelly may be a creative college offensive mind, but he lacks in many aspects of being an NFL coach, let alone a coach and de-facto GM.

  23. rootpain says: Dec 30, 2015 2:41 PM

    “As a result, the next coach of the Eagles seems likely to be a get-along guy, someone who can work within a framework”

    But I don’t think Belichick is looking for a job.

  24. kevinlawrencecantor says: Dec 30, 2015 2:42 PM

    An outside the box one, but I think it could work: Matt Patricia

    Think the defensive smarts of Rex Ryan, but someone who could actually bring discipline to the franchise.

  25. farmmbig says: Dec 30, 2015 2:43 PM

    Did Chip Kelly get fired?….

    I don’t think it’s been covered by the media. (insert sarcasm)

  26. jag1959 says: Dec 30, 2015 2:44 PM

    There has to be a balancing act when it comes to the human side of being a head coach, Kelly may have failed that test in Philly but if the handling of Murray is a prime example of it then a closer look is in order. There’s a difference between valuing a player on a professional level and coddling one. Is it any coincidence that Murray had issues with Kelly after coming over from the enabling franchise that is Dallas? The three longest tenured coaches are Belichick, Lewis and Coughlin, that doesn’t exactly sound like a list of guys that would be leading a group hug. Jay Gruden was thought to be in the hot seat in training camp, a division title later not so much, the long and short of it is winning cures most all ills

  27. redrew says: Dec 30, 2015 2:48 PM

    Bill Belichick is laughing his off right now. Imagine the HOF coach massaging his players’ egos….to funny. You win football games with players that put the team first…not with players that need their hands held. Laurie is making the mistake so many organizations make ….worrying about the players’ feelings. Does Philly want a winner or a locker room full of well paid, emotionally fulfilled losers. Just pay attention to the Wrecks Ryan Experiment….a players coach whose team crumble ….but his players love playing for him.
    Teams making changes need to start from scratch….new coach and new players that have not been corrupted by their sense of self worth.

  28. coltzfan166 says: Dec 30, 2015 2:49 PM

    Pagano?

  29. inchipwetrust2015 says: Dec 30, 2015 2:57 PM

    elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    Dec 30, 2015 2:11 PM

    Could we please stop looking for so called genuis in the 100 years of the NFL there has never been a genius employed in the NFL and there never will be

    ________________________________________

    Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.

  30. oreo51 says: Dec 30, 2015 2:59 PM

    Everyone now wants a coach like Pete Carroll. Carroll could be the countries top motivational speaker. He has no ego. He takes the heat for the failures such as Bevell’s goal line slant pass and eagerly passes on the credit to his coaches and players when the team wins. Carroll shows the love for all his guys even when they fail. As a result, he and his front office staff are a top destination by free agents who will work for less in Seattle than elsewhere. Half the Seattle roster is free agents. It helps to load the roster when the players choose you rather than the other way around.

  31. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 30, 2015 3:00 PM

    How about one with “football intelligence” ?

  32. kenchun24 says: Dec 30, 2015 3:03 PM

    Dude won a division title/over .500 twice with last legs Vick, Foles, Sanchez, and was in the race for a bit this year with bust Bradford, a pretty mediocre list. If he can get a QB to run his Speedy Duck O (ahem Titans & Mariota) and find a GM that he can work with instead of running the whole show…he can win again in the NFL fast.

    QB…you need that QB to win, so all the Murray/McCoy talk is moot.

  33. peytonwantsaflag says: Dec 30, 2015 3:03 PM

    Well I don’t know about the players but if they want the next coach to get along with the fans they should probably get somebody who hates Santa.

  34. lscottman3 says: Dec 30, 2015 3:04 PM

    Nobody in football should be called a genius unless the guy is Bill Belichick.

  35. rams645 says: Dec 30, 2015 3:06 PM

    Chip Went 10-6, 10-6 and 6 -9 , bellichick was 37 and 45 with the Browns

  36. liquidchaoss says: Dec 30, 2015 3:06 PM

    Eagles let 2 WR’s leave and they are in the playoffs with their team…

    So what? How does that make a difference? DJax missed several games this year because he ran into a tackling sled. Maclin and the Chiefs started out 1-5. Just because they are on a team that made the playoffs doesnt mean they would of somehow made the Eagles make the playoffs. Especially when you dont have a QB to get them the ball or a legit running game to open up the passing game.

  37. liquidchaoss says: Dec 30, 2015 3:07 PM

    Chip let McCoy go and Bills didnt make the playoffs. So what does that say?

  38. heybackatyou says: Dec 30, 2015 3:08 PM

    Just a thought..

    inchipwetrust2015 says:
    Dec 30, 2015 2:57 PM

    …time for a new handle in 2016.

  39. charliecharger says: Dec 30, 2015 3:09 PM

    Reminds me of the 49ers. After Harbaugh, Jed York wanted to “win with class”. Did the York’s buy the Eagles while I was out?

  40. chargerdillon says: Dec 30, 2015 3:09 PM

    This was Lurie’s chance to create what the Patriots have. A franchise that never bends under the control of the coach.

    Instead like a fanboy he’s listened to his players and now the inmates will run the asylum for decades to come.

    Philly Powderpuffs!

  41. wallabear says: Dec 30, 2015 3:16 PM

    Chip Kelly finished his first two seasons in Philly with a 10-6 record, and leaves Philly with a total .553 (over .500) cumulative winning percentage. The issue in Philly had more to do with existing players such as D-Jax and Shady projecting their ego in a negative light (i.e., not getting with the program, and instead, allowing their “emotional intelligence” to get in the way of being professionally disciplined (i.e., trusting the preparation and game plan, adhering to the coaching decisions etc.), along with players like DeMarco Murray and Sam Bradford who were brought in only as bargaining chips for trade value in order to acquire Marcus Mariota — don’t read into anything else, otherwise, in that regard. With any championship team, you have to build the right players around your system, and in due time, Chip Kelly will accomplish this as long as he stays in the NFL.

  42. jpl1970 says: Dec 30, 2015 3:17 PM

    The Eagles want a “players’ coach.” That’s Jeff Fisher. Take him.

  43. whyalwaysthehate says: Dec 30, 2015 3:18 PM

    They need a coach like Jay Gruden.

  44. jchipwood says: Dec 30, 2015 3:23 PM

    I’m pretty sure ol Belicheat made a call to Roger with something along the lines of not being able to beat Chip. Roger then responded with a I’ll take care of it and blew him two kisses and hangs up.

  45. inchipwetrust2015 says: Dec 30, 2015 3:23 PM

    heybackatyou says:
    Dec 30, 2015 3:08 PM
    Just a thought..

    inchipwetrust2015 says:
    Dec 30, 2015 2:57 PM

    …time for a new handle in 2016.
    ____________________________________

    I tried a few times, but when I clicked on the hyper link to register a new name, it took me to a page that wanted me to register a domain name.

    Chip must have released all of PFTs IT department because they wanted off for Christmas.

  46. godelligoodelligoo says: Dec 30, 2015 3:24 PM

    Its the fans who come…the fans who pay…so guess he wants a fan-coach…so harbaugh…schwartz…bellichick…out

    Chuck Pagano wud be awesome!

  47. reprob8 says: Dec 30, 2015 3:24 PM

    Petrino was an “all football, no people skills” coach too.

    At least Laurie had the ‘nads to make a change. Blank got bailed ou Petrino’s inherent lack of character.

  48. touchdownelvis says: Dec 30, 2015 3:25 PM

    Often when hiring a new coach, there’ll be a reaction against what the old coach brought to the table. Knowing that, they’ll probably want a guy who:

    – has a defensive background
    – isn’t 300lbs (sorry Rob Ryan, a skinny coach always follows a fired fat coach)
    – is from the ‘old school’
    – is more of a ‘players’ coach’

    Considering those last two points, it could well be an ex-player.

    My two bets here are either Teryl Austin or Leslie Frazier.

  49. jchipwood says: Dec 30, 2015 3:25 PM

    *and hung up.

    Excuse me before the dbag grammer police get me

  50. bryonneufeld says: Dec 30, 2015 3:26 PM

    The trouble with Chip Kelly was pure and simple his roster moves. It had absolutely nothing to do with ’emotional intelligence’. In fact, if you take away Demarco Murray, Sam Bradford and the cornerback he signed, he is still the coach and they probably made the playoffs.

  51. chipwasabust2015 says: Dec 30, 2015 3:28 PM

    ^^^^New name….for now^^^^

    R.I.P. inchipwetrust2015

  52. jag1959 says: Dec 30, 2015 3:29 PM

    oreo51 says:
    Dec 30, 2015 2:59 PM
    Everyone now wants a coach like Pete Carroll. Carroll could be the countries top motivational speaker. He has no ego. He takes the heat for the failures such as Bevell’s goal line slant pass and eagerly passes on the credit to his coaches and players when the team wins. Carroll shows the love for all his guys even when they fail. As a result, he and his front office staff are a top destination by free agents who will work for less in Seattle than elsewhere. Half the Seattle roster is free agents. It helps to load the roster when the players choose you rather than the other way around.
    __________________-

    A lot of teams may want a coach like Carroll is now that he has added some edge to his style and a lot of wins to the resume but when he was Pom Pom Pete in NY or Pete the Poodle in NE not so much. You could say a style has to suit the roster or the roster the style but we’re pretty much back to the winning thing

  53. helicopterpilot13 says: Dec 30, 2015 3:32 PM

    This whole post in bs. It’s not about who players like.
    In Dallas, many hated Jimmy Johnson. In SF, many disliked Bill Walsh.

  54. weepingjebus says: Dec 30, 2015 3:33 PM

    I’d like to hear from the Browns homeless drafting expert on all this.

  55. chrisk61 says: Dec 30, 2015 3:35 PM

    perhaps it is lurie-speak for “interpersonal skills.”

  56. fanboyarmy says: Dec 30, 2015 3:36 PM

    Implied in Lurie’s presser is that the Eagles want fans with emotional intelligence as well.

  57. adimuz95 says: Dec 30, 2015 3:39 PM

    if Rob Ryan is involved in this organization in any way next year, I will be personally mailing my Eagles gear to Lurie and finding a new team

  58. ultimatefrisbee88 says: Dec 30, 2015 3:42 PM

    Andy Reid was a “Player’s coach” and he lasted for many years, but he too was fired.

    I don’t know what the hell the secret is.

  59. bobbyhoying says: Dec 30, 2015 3:43 PM

    Want Ad: Come coach in Philadelphia where the sportswriters are all coach wannabes, the fans hate themselves, the owner changes his mind like the wind and everyone will rejoice when you’re fired.

  60. mr1drful says: Dec 30, 2015 3:43 PM

    I’ve always thought Chase Daniel should get a chance to start somewhere. I liked him in New Orleans. I’ve never understood the fascination with Bradford, even coming out of Oklahoma. He doesn’t have the fire and from the looks of it, is a real life Mr. Glass.

  61. joefelicelli says: Dec 30, 2015 3:43 PM

    I am concerned because of the magic he has worked with Cutler this year, but Adam Gase would be a good candidate for the job. Good offensive mind, likes running the ball, and made chicken casserole out of the chicken crap the Bears trotted out there at the WR position this year.

    Would be great for that team and that organization, but selfishly, I want him to stay in Chicago. But they can’t keep him and Fangio with this many openings coming.

  62. lscottman3 says: Dec 30, 2015 3:44 PM

    chipwasabust2015 says:

    ^^^^New name….for now^^^^

    i’d go with

    Chip-off-the-old-chopping-block

  63. shaggytoodle says: Dec 30, 2015 3:47 PM

    If you want emotional intelligence looks no further than Tom Coughlin…. Say what you want about 5he guy but he lead the NYG to 2 SBs and those were seasons he was on the hot seat.

    While he may rub people thr wrong way with if you aren’t early you are late mentality. He genuinely cares about the players, and many people that have played for him think very highly of him. That being said Coughlin is probably going to be retiring soon one would have to assume.

    Can anyone else is recent memory remember a coach dismantling a franchise or even more so an offense as bad as Kelly has? He has set this team back 4 or 5 years.

  64. suncawy says: Dec 30, 2015 3:55 PM

    Sounds like McCoy was right about Chip. All the rumors about Chip not being able to relate to the African American athelete must be true. Chip needs to study how Jimmy Johnson did it. Jimmy had a psychology major and knew how to push the buttons on his players and how to treat them.

  65. petedutcherjr says: Dec 30, 2015 4:01 PM

    Jon Gruden did the same thing in Tampa.

  66. toolkien says: Dec 30, 2015 4:07 PM

    Unfortunately, I can’t be objective about Kelly. He looks too much like an old boss of mine. I guess they were pretty similar, too. My old boss was full of attitude and certainty about his capabilities, but he had fairly shallow talent. He was the epitome of a person who thought he was hot-snot but didn’t know what he didn’t know – the most dangerous of all people. Kelly was apparently similar. A child in a man’s body is difficult to get along with.

  67. realfootballfan says: Dec 30, 2015 4:10 PM

    I’m glad Kiffin was brought up because it’s in the same wheelhouse. Davis warned everyone who Kiffin was and how he didn’t value players, and this seems to be the same thing. It took 2 more jobs before people realized Al Davis was onto something, so I wonder how long will people bump their heads with Kelly before they realize that he’s not going to work in the NFL. The thing I hear cited most often is Belichick, but people who say that are stupid. Belichick took the awful Browns franchise back when you only got Plan B free agents from 3-13 to an 11-5 playoff team and then had the rug pulled out from him by Art Modell. He was then and still is a great coach.

    Chip Kelly has gotten worse and worse every year in his time in the league. The league figured his offense out like they always figure out gimmicks, and if anyone else gives him another chance, the results will be similar, with or without Marcus Mariota. Players don’t like him, and it’s not a race thing. He’s just a detached person who doesn’t understand how to manage grown men in the NFL. You can’t learn that skill set.

  68. wfi801 says: Dec 30, 2015 4:12 PM

    peytonwantsaflag says:
    Dec 30, 2015 2:37 PM
    yep, cause the greats – Belichick, Landry, Lombardi, etc,- were all big feelings first guys.

    if you win Demarco Murray doesn’t get that plane sit-down, or if he does he gets a pat on the head and hearty “hang in there bud”.

    Lombardi was known to meet his players after practice especially when he just rode their a___s during practice and would spend time with them. Landry would have a problem in today’s NFL with his detached demeanor and most of Belichick’s ex players will tell you he treats them like men and he’s a lot funnier when the press isn’t around.

  69. flyeagles76 says: Dec 30, 2015 4:21 PM

    I hope we do not become the next Cleveland Browns….

  70. Walt Gekko says: Dec 30, 2015 4:26 PM

    Hue Jackson to me sounds like who the Eagles should go for first:

    He got a raw deal in Oakland being fired after going 8-8 in his only season as an HC with Al Davis passing away during the season and a new GM wanting his own man. He’s earned another shot and I would look to get him first.

  71. zampft says: Dec 30, 2015 4:31 PM

    So he wants Ray Rhodes instead of Bill Parcells. SMH.

    Sorry for you Philly fans, you have a tough road ahead with that attitude in an owner.

  72. liongator says: Dec 30, 2015 4:33 PM

    Remember when San Diego fired a winning coach, Marty Schottenheimer, for a players coach in Norv Turner?
    How’d that work out?
    Looks like DeMarco has a close personal relationship with the owner that gets coaches fired, like RG3 had.
    SMH

  73. kev86 says: Dec 30, 2015 4:41 PM

    Lurie wants next HC to open his heart up to players.

    Good luck Philly!

  74. fjw2 says: Dec 30, 2015 4:44 PM

    Emotional Intelligence is an oxymoron. Making emotional decisions precludes them being made intelligently.

    The one thing that you absolutely do NOT want in any leadership position, and that includes head football coaches, is for them to be emotional.

    Having good communication skills is not being emotional. Being able to relate to players is not being emotional.

  75. araidersfan says: Dec 30, 2015 4:44 PM

    Walt Gekko says:
    Dec 30, 2015 4:26 PM

    Hue Jackson to me sounds like who the Eagles should go for first:

    He got a raw deal in Oakland being fired after going 8-8 in his only season as an HC with Al Davis passing away during the season and a new GM wanting his own man. He’s earned another shot and I would look to get him first.

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

    As a Raider fan I can say that Hue Jackson was as much of a control freak as Chip Kelly, only his W/L record wasn’t as good as Kelly’s. Just days after Davis’ death, Jackson used the vacuum to go on his power-trip and screwed up the Raiders for years by engineering the trade of multiple high draft picks for Carson Palmer. Yes, the Raiders went 8-8 under Jackson (the same record that Tom Cable had the previous year) but under Jackson the Raiders lost 4 of their last 5 games after which Jackson threw the players under the bus (dodging blame for the losing skid) and asserted that he was going to be in even more control of personnel. And Hue Jackson is as much of a loudmouthed tool as Rex Ryan.

  76. bigdawg24 says: Dec 30, 2015 4:48 PM

    I am so glad Andy Reid left the Eagles and came to Kansas City!

  77. justintuckrule says: Dec 30, 2015 4:51 PM

    Eagles fans – I’m going on record now. I’m a tom coughlin lover. So, when he gets fired and takes over in philly, you won’t hear me say he sucks or any of that.

  78. immafubared says: Dec 30, 2015 5:03 PM

    the problem is never going away until Lurie stops talking to the players, flies his own plane and stays the hell out of it. As long as he is a conduit for some prima donna who wants to vent about the coach or coaches, the out come will be the same, a coach looking over his shoulder all the time wondering when the hammer falls.

  79. scrotiemcb says: Dec 30, 2015 5:05 PM

    Josh McDaniels 2.0. Chip just took over a better team and had the initial chops that McD completely lacked.

  80. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Dec 30, 2015 5:12 PM

    justintuckrule says:
    Dec 30, 2015 4:51 PM
    Eagles fans – I’m going on record now. I’m a tom coughlin lover. So, when he gets fired and takes over in philly, you won’t hear me say he sucks or any of that.
    =====

    Are you just being weird and trolly or do you think that might actually happen? Not a good look for you either way.

  81. maverick43 says: Dec 30, 2015 5:13 PM

    No one thinks the Eagles should swing the other way completely and get a nanny coach who coddles the players. But good hell….get a coach who can build personal relationships…these are not kids who can be told to just do it “because I say so”. Like any corporation you have to “earn the right” with people, despite the hierarchy of power. That is how the human condition works. Kelly’s lack of understanding in this area was fatal.

  82. vegasdestroyer says: Dec 30, 2015 5:14 PM

    You don’t need emotional intelligence to know Murray is NOT suited for Kelly’s offense. You don’t need emotional intelligence to know Maxwell is NOT an average cover guy. You need intelligence -period. Kelly is a conman.

  83. sdchicken says: Dec 30, 2015 5:16 PM

    Tomsula might find himself in a bidding was

  84. quicktaker says: Dec 30, 2015 5:17 PM

    Besides Xs and Os, a coach has to also motivate his players. Players can be motivated by admiration for a coach, loyalty to a team, and fear of a coach. At the end, Chip was not admired, showed no loyalty, and could only motivate by fear. Chip’s players would not “run through a wall for him”.

  85. mrba4775 says: Dec 30, 2015 5:18 PM

    The Titans on line 1… Mr. Kelly

  86. maverick43 says: Dec 30, 2015 5:18 PM

    @fjw2: Emotional intelligence is not about making emotional decisions or being emotional. EI is about self-awareness and having the ability to understand how what you say or do impacts others. Kelly was completely tone deaf in this area.

  87. foodiefoodnerd says: Dec 30, 2015 5:34 PM

    Quoting oreo51:
    “Everyone now wants a coach like Pete Carroll. Carroll could be the countries top motivational speaker. He has no ego.”
    ~~~
    Quoting jrob0125:
    “As far as the whole emotion thing goes, it’s total nonsense. Belichick is as dull as they come, but he wins and his players respect him.”
    ~~~~~

    Successful coaches find their own style, and are as good at evaluating and maximizing their own strengths as they evaluate and maximize personnel.

    Belechick would look like a lunatic giving a pep talk while jumping around atop the lockers; Carroll would appear lobotomized delivering Belichick’s press conferences.

    Both found what works best for their skillsets and coaching styles.

  88. campcouch says: Dec 30, 2015 5:57 PM

    Obviously he won with Andy Reid’s players. Lurie could’ve kept that guy and got the same if not better results.

  89. TheWizard says: Dec 30, 2015 5:58 PM

    Players that dog it and get the coach canned will never be any good.

    And Demarco Murray? The owner is listening to a guy there less than one season, who sucked, over his own head coach?

  90. a1b24312 says: Dec 30, 2015 5:59 PM

    Comparing Kelly to Parcells or Schottenheimer is a very long stretch. Both exhibits characteriatics necessary for a successful head coach, beyond wins and losses. Managing players, media, and communicating well within an organization are essential tenets. Kelly failed in these respects even before looking at the declining returns of his offensive scheme, hiring sub par coordinators, and aeemingly only caring about the offensive side of the ball.

  91. Walt Gekko says: Dec 30, 2015 5:59 PM

    liongator says:
    Dec 30, 2015 4:33 PM
    Remember when San Diego fired a winning coach, Marty Schottenheimer, for a players coach in Norv Turner?
    How’d that work out?
    Looks like DeMarco has a close personal relationship with the owner that gets coaches fired, like RG3 had.
    SMH

    ————————————–
    Jeff Lurie is NOT Daniel Snyder.

    Lurie has had only three HCs in the 21 seasons he’s had full control of the team (Year 1 in 1994 doesn’t count because he only officially got ownership of the Eagles after previous ownership had already done the work for that season). The Eagles, while not perfect have not had the issues the Redskins have had. This was completely out of character for Lurie and by all accounts it got REAL bad for Lurie to step in as he did.

    (And ironically, I can see RG III winding up with the Eagles for backup money even if Bradford stays).

  92. guadalahonky says: Dec 30, 2015 6:10 PM

    “Mr. Lurie, Jim Mora on line 2”.

    Jeffrey Lurie does a spit take.

  93. 2manyconcussions says: Dec 30, 2015 6:11 PM

    Let’s face it. The eagles organization is dysfunctional. For Lurie to offer his thoughts on what the next coach needs suggest he has a clue–something he has not demonstrated to date. How does firing the coach before the final game of the season rate on his scale of emotional intelligence? I guess it is easier to talk about it than to walk it.

  94. Chip's_brain says: Dec 31, 2015 8:34 AM

    Sorry, but I think the Eagles will rue the day they fired Chip. Many of you fail to appreciate Chip’s genius, I can understand that, but the vitriol expressed by some is just ignorant. I still trusted in Chip and wish him well. Sucks we now have to start over… again!

  95. loup2016 says: Jan 3, 2016 6:32 PM

    “emotional intelligience”…………………is Mr. Rogers still alive?
    what a joke!

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