Evan Mathis: This Broncos team would have eaten Chip Kelly alive

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At this point last year, guard Evan Mathis was a member of the Eagles who wanted to rework his contract with the team.

Former Eagles coach Chip Kelly didn’t share that opinion, which led to Mathis getting released and eventually landing with the Broncos on a one-year deal. Mathis got a Super Bowl ring out of the experience while Kelly added the “former” to his job title in Philadelphia.

In an email exchange with Mike Klis of 9News in Denver, Mathis did what those who end up on the better end of the stick have been doing since the dawn of time while explaining his thoughts on why Kelly fell short in Philly.

“There were many things that Chip had done that showed me he wasn’t building a championship team,” Mathis wrote. “Two of the main issues that concerned me were: 1. A never-evolving, vanilla offense that forced our own defense to play higher than normal play counts. 2. His impatience with certain personality types even when they were blue-chip talents. The Broncos team I was on would have eaten Chip alive. I don’t think he could have handled the plethora of large personalities.”

Mathis added that he hopes Kelly learns from the experience and “takes some constructive criticism from this” with him to his new job with the 49ers.

Mathis may be going to a new team as well as he’s set for free agency. He is set for ankle surgery and says he hasn’t decided whether he’ll play next season, but plans to prepare like he’ll be back and that he’d be happy to be back in Denver.

It’s probably safe to assume that playing home games where he won the Lombardi Trophy is out for the near future, however.

44 responses to “Evan Mathis: This Broncos team would have eaten Chip Kelly alive

  1. Chip Kelly should be required to have 3 consecutive, successful seasons on Madden Connected Franchise Mode, before he’s allowed to GM again.

  2. There are 53 men on a super bowl winning team. Take away the top 5 and they are a 2-14 team. Mathis isn’t one of the top 5. Dude’s a loser. Do you hear any of the studs on the team coming out dissing former coaches? What a jerk.

  3. A good/great coach builds and adapts his system to his talent. Chip refused to do that and let his talent to for one reason or another. And thus, he was axed. Hopefully he learns.

    As a Viking fan, Norv is having the same issue. Hard to believe tenured head coaches can be so boneheaded.

  4. Evan Mathis left Philly because he thought he was about to get paid, when in reality he already was getting paid in Philly. After a LONG time the Broncos settled on him, provided he took a pay cut. Then the Broncos O-line didn’t get much better with his presence on the team. Fast forward to Super Bowl week and dude changes history, trying to claim it was all part of his master plan – to be on a contender.

    He’s lucky Chong Li didn’t FINISH HIM!!! in the Kumite.

  5. If Chip had been the Broncos coach for the last 3 years…he would have had no problem.

    He would have traded Von Miller, Demaryius Thomas and released Peyton, Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward and Derek Wolfe. DeMarcus Ware or Emanuel Sanders wouldn’t be signed.

    So Mathis is wrong.

  6. i found mathis a thoughtful interview in philly, and chipper throwing him out was stupid. since he had no one on deck.

    and his analysis of why chipper handled his roster as he did sounds more likely the more we find out.

    and unless the eagles find someone better, i’d have him back next to peters and kelce……

  7. draftrobot says:
    Feb 22, 2016 8:11 PM

    Worth noting Philadelphia’s offense was ranked higher than Denver in yards and points.
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    Also worth noting, Denver won the SB. How did Philly finish again? Have another beer.

  8. tonebones,

    While the top five players argument is generally pretty solid, and while Denver, like any good team, had a handful of key guys, the real strength of the team was that they had so many solid players and, by extension, rare depth. Outside of maybe QB and OT, Denver did not have a position group that could be easily picked on or exploited. It’s why they still had success even when key guys were injured or when the opposing game effectively removed any given strength.

  9. Mathis played hurt almost the entire year. That being said, he was a gamer and never fricking complained once. That is the kind of player you want on OL. The whole OL was built on the fly and struggled at times and started to gel late in season and in playoffs. I appreciate his efforts this year. Dude never complained once.

  10. scrotiemcb, you’re totally right. Elway and his staff know what they’re doing. This isn’t a one year wonder. I just think a guy that won the super bowl should be showing a bit more class. I don’t know Mathis, and there’s always a chance that a guy’s words got twisted, but I guess I have more respect for a player that chooses the high road instead of piling on an ex-coach. But he’s free to speak his mind even if a guy like me doesn’t like it.

  11. Football is still a game played with alphas. And Mathis earned the right to tap dance on his former coaches philosophy. As a finfan, Lazor sure showed the limitations of said offense. Leading to his ouster, and Philly canning Chip in due time.

    So Mathis is correct, chips offense sucks footballs.

  12. draftrobot says:
    Feb 22, 2016 8:11 PM

    Worth noting Philadelphia’s offense was ranked higher than Denver in yards and points.
    ————
    Could it be that Chip coached his offense to play up tempo…which resulted in a number of 3 and outs and in turn wore out Philly’s defense? Meanwhile Denver’s philosophy was to do everything possible to let it’s all world defense win games for them. A little statistics with no context is dangerous in the wrong hands. Who here watched Philly’s offense last year and thought to themselves…man they’really killing it. This offense is humming.

  13. Really!? Mathis added that he hopes Kelly learns from the experience and “takes some constructive criticism from this” with him to his new job with the 49ers.

    Or…..is he hoping Kelly calls him during free agency next month? Evan has been in the league for 12 years and despite his talent, has played for 5 teams. Pot meet Kettle?
    Ego vs. Ego?

  14. Mathis is a joke. He wanted a new contract then demanded his release and Chip granted it. So now he bashes Chip because he rode the coat tails of the Broncos into the Super Bowl. Stay classy tool, let’s see if Denver keeps you next year.

  15. draftrobot says:
    Feb 22, 2016 8:11 PM
    Worth noting Philadelphia’s offense was ranked higher than Denver in yards and points.
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    Didn’t win them a Superbowl though did it?

  16. draftrobot says:
    Feb 22, 2016 8:11 PM
    Worth noting Philadelphia’s offense was ranked higher than Denver in yards and points.

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    Worth noting that football teams consist of both an offense and a defense and a special teams.

  17. theseekeroffun says:Feb 22, 2016 9:07 PM

    draftrobot says:
    Feb 22, 2016 8:11 PM

    Worth noting Philadelphia’s offense was ranked higher than Denver in yards and points.
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    Also worth noting, Denver won the SB. How did Philly finish again? Have another beer.
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    Denver won with defense. The point is valid. The Eagles offense put up better numbers than the Denver offense. Obviously Mathis is still butthurt over the Philly situation. He has no reason to be. If it had worked out he would have never sniffed a SB.

  18. eagles1960 says:
    Feb 22, 2016 9:56 PM
    “Be nice Evan. The broncs might cut you”

    Mathis is a FA so no need to cut him. Den will let him walk out the door too with no offer to re-sign I bet!

  19. Total team player, trash your coach. What would he have said if they didnt win the superbowl? “They started peyton manning, which was a mistake. The offense was vanilla with him and he just wasnt good. I hope John Fox learns from his mistakes and starts me at QB next year.”

  20. With Mathis, it’s hard to make remarks on his judgement.

    On one hand, he and his vastly overestimated his worth as a free agent on the open market. And as a result, he was paid far less than he would have in Philadelphia.

    On the other hand, with that pay cut he went to a team which had it’s stuff together and in the twilight of his career he gets to walk away with a Super Bowl ring.

  21. jhisler says:
    Feb 23, 2016 9:48 AM
    Total team player, trash your coach. What would he have said if they didnt win the superbowl? “They started peyton manning, which was a mistake. The offense was vanilla with him and he just wasnt good. I hope John Fox learns from his mistakes

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    Yes. I hope John Fox learns from his mistakes as well

    Signed every Bears fan

  22. I agree with Mathis on his first [point. The defense definitely spent too much time on the field. However, I disagree with his second point. I believe Kelly gave the boot to players who came off as me first types. Desean Jackson and Lesean McCoy definitely fit that mold. Mathis also gave that impression with his complaints about his contract. I really doubt Chip would have had a problem with a Von Miller.

  23. This is the first guy to speak like an adult on the situation. Kelly was used to the “yes sir” from college kids and he didn’t adapt to the fact that certain NFL players are much more than football players. Their persona is their profession. Many are getting millions of dollars in endorsements for their personality. Kelly needs to evolve to become a leader of men… not boys. If he doesn’t he’ll fail miserably in SF. Saban had the same problem so he went back to college.

  24. “I really doubt Chip would have had a problem with a Von Miller.”
    ______

    If not Miller then he’d have had issues with somebody else. Plenty of personalities on the Broncos and Chip doesn’t seem to do personalities. I agree that McCoy seemed like a me first guy… but then Chip didn’t get along really well with DeMarco Murray, either. So he didn’t even hit it off with his hand-picked guys.

    No coach gets along with everybody but most are liked by at least some of their players. But positive comments about Chip have been awfully few and far between for a guy who actually had a fair amount of success, at least on the offensive side of the ball.

  25. The way Chip ran the Eagles the last two years reminded me of the way Josh McDaniels ruined the Broncos franchise. Trading or cutting talented players in order to bring in his own less talented players. Constant smartest guy in the room attitude.
    Its good and bad Philly. At least Kelly didnt take Tebow in the first round, but there is no J Elway coming to save your team.

  26. He was the best offensive lineman on the Broncos. One of the best signings by Elway, the other is signing Wade Phillips.

  27. I totally agree…Chip forgot about his defense. Cannot hang your own defense. They need a break from time to time. You have to have an offense that can run the clock if need be. Fun to watch when they weren’t going three and out.
    Too many up and comers think they can revolutionize the game. Chip thought he could bring college ball to the NFL. Chip needs to learn from the greats, like BB.

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