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Chip Kelly: It was “just a weird situation” with Howie Roseman in Philly

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 13:  Head coach Chip Kelly of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on as DeMarco Murray #29 walks past before taking on the Buffalo Bills at Lincoln Financial Field on December 13, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) Getty Images

49ers coach Chip Kelly met the media during breakfast at the league meetings on Wednesday, offering a chance for reporters to ask questions about the end of his tenure as coach of the Eagles before the 2015 season concluded.

Kelly said that he was “surprised” when word came from owner Jeffrey Lurie about his firing and disputed whether he asked for control over personnel before the 2015 season. Giving Kelly that control meant reducing now-executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman’s responsibilities and led to what he called “just a weird situation” that featured no direct communication between the two men.

Kelly said the setup led to him telling former personnel exec Ed Marynowitz what players he wanted with Marynowitz passing the word on to Roseman so that Roseman could negotiate contracts. Two of the biggest contracts went to cornerback Byron Maxwell and running back DeMarco Murray, both of whom Roseman traded this offseason after regaining control of personnel decisions.

“I didn’t like the way it was, but I didn’t ask for anything,” Kelly said, via “It’s [Lurie’s] organization and his team. He can run it however he wants to run it. It wasn’t like I’m walking out the door.”

Kelly said he didn’t think he and Roseman were “on the same page,” something that seems clear regardless of who’s take on how things went wrong you find most compelling. The Eagles have instituted a different system this year and plan to make more additions to the personnel department after the draft in hopes of finding the right mix to end the team’s long championship drought.

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40 Responses to “Chip Kelly: It was “just a weird situation” with Howie Roseman in Philly”
  1. vikesr4reel says: Mar 23, 2016 12:01 PM

    Chip is the new franchise killer

  2. therealtrenches says: Mar 23, 2016 12:02 PM

    I imagine that in whatever room Chip Kelly is, it’s his world, his reality, regardless of things like facts, and you just have to live within it.

  3. vikingf0rlife says: Mar 23, 2016 12:06 PM

    Chip Kelly is qualified for pop warner/ pee wee coaching, anything above that you will find yourself “in a weird situation.”

    The Niners are screwed!

  4. bullcharger says: Mar 23, 2016 12:09 PM

    vikesr4reel says:
    Mar 23, 2016 12:01 PM

    Chip is the new franchise killer


    Well the 49ers already killed the franchise last year. Chip can’t make it much worse.

    Chip does need some media training though. He’s brutal.

  5. n0hopeleft says: Mar 23, 2016 12:09 PM

    “In hopes of ending the teams long championship drought……”

    No one with a login for this website has enough time left in their life to see that happen. This organization is so sad, they can’t get out of their own way, and this article proves it.. Richie the Greek is so mad, he’s contemplating becoming a Giants fan.

    Richie! You mad bro?!

  6. BIGGSHAUN says: Mar 23, 2016 12:09 PM

    Still not over it, huh Chipper?!

  7. feckyerlife says: Mar 23, 2016 12:10 PM

    How come he can never be wrong, he can never admit his faults, its been like this since Oregon.

  8. vikesr4reel says: Mar 23, 2016 12:13 PM

    Chip is such a clown, him and Rex fell out of the same mold!!

  9. axesbluestar says: Mar 23, 2016 12:14 PM

    The Gold Standard – putting the “bull” in bullion since 1994.

  10. edelmanfanclub says: Mar 23, 2016 12:18 PM

    Hmm not sure who to believe. I truly think Kelly had all authority of everything (FA, Draft, Roster, Gameday, etc.) Maybe Roseman did negotiate contracts but that would seem strange he would want to dump those contracts as soon as Kelly left, even if he didnt want the players. The contrast between the personnel moves/contracts when Kelly was calling shots and Roseman was were night and day so I doubt what Kelly is saying is true. He’s an okay coach, but an awful GM. So is Baalke though.

  11. isithockeyseasonyet says: Mar 23, 2016 12:20 PM

    More lies, you kicked Howie out of office or at least got him kicked out. It was awkward, you’re right about that, and it’s still awkward here with the aftermath. I hope you screw up that organization in 1 year as bad as you screwed us in 3 years so the niners don’t have to wait 3 more years to start attempting to build a winning team

  12. xavier179 says: Mar 23, 2016 12:26 PM

    Kelly, I think you were the weird ones. How is Frisco accepting your smoothies?

  13. niners806 says: Mar 23, 2016 12:26 PM

    Let’s just bash Chip Kelley since the Eagles have always been a championship organization….oh wait

  14. eagles1960 says: Mar 23, 2016 12:33 PM

    Chip you’re a “weird situation”. Aka weirdo

  15. eagles512 says: Mar 23, 2016 12:39 PM

    The weirdest thing is Lurie’s blind loyalty to Roseman

  16. scrp2 says: Mar 23, 2016 12:42 PM

    Chip went on to say he’s excited to be with a ‘real’ GM Trent Baalke who knows what he’s doing and who he doesn’t anticipate to have any rifts over personnel.

  17. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Mar 23, 2016 12:51 PM

    Philly is a dumpster. Look at what Andy Reid has done in KC with control and look at the eagles when he had to answer to accountants.

  18. bigchree says: Mar 23, 2016 12:54 PM

    theres a reason philly has never won it all…. And suprisingly its not the fans!

  19. msc4realeagles says: Mar 23, 2016 12:54 PM

    Chip wanted all the power, got it, then did nothing with it. Now he wants to blame Howie? LOL.

    This guy is an ego maniac with no people skills. One, maybe 2 years in SF, then it’s back to coaching kids in college where he belongs. As an NFL coach he is a BUST, but his shtick plays very well at the collegiate level.

  20. dolphins4 says: Mar 23, 2016 1:02 PM

    The reason for the big contracts is that Howie wanted Chip to fail and did everything in his power to make that happen.

  21. eddielionhead says: Mar 23, 2016 1:18 PM

    Chip will lead the 49ers to the top, Philly fans will be sorry he is gone. hope the eagles crap out this year and next too.

  22. bobbyhoying says: Mar 23, 2016 1:35 PM

    Why are all the lemmings so quick to believe Roseman and not Kelly? The City was excited to get Chip because of his track record. He had some level of success in Philly, given the state of the team he inherited. Talk to me about what a genius Howie is after the season when he has four or five wins. Philly doesn’t deserve Chip.

  23. bocadiver1 says: Mar 23, 2016 1:38 PM

    Kelly will lead San Fran to the toilet (albeit only a deeper toilet than they have now), not to the top… unless that top is the edge of a cliff.

  24. flyspe says: Mar 23, 2016 1:39 PM

    Andy is successful in KC due in part to the defense that was built before he arrived. Much like his success in Philly. Once those defensive players left, or got old, and Jim Johnson passed away the team declined.

  25. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Mar 23, 2016 1:42 PM

    anyone who thinks chip ambushed howie, publicly appointed him equipment manager and then let him decide how much money to pay the top free agents is as stupid as chip thinks you are. and im pretty sure it wasn’t howie who wanted to get rid of jackson mathis mccoy and maclin. and extend demeco and riley cooper.

    and i guess chip’s version now is he didn’t want bradley fletcher and cary williams two years ago either and was somehow forced to by howie. not believable.

  26. dontouchmyjunk says: Mar 23, 2016 2:00 PM

    Chip bullied his way to power and now shirks responsibility for his failure. What a surprise!

  27. eagles777 says: Mar 23, 2016 2:04 PM

    The Niners Management is a textbook example of the Peter Principle. In time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out its duties.

  28. sdchicken says: Mar 23, 2016 2:06 PM

    10 wins for 2 straight seasons, while making average quarterbacks look like pro bowlers. He is a great coach. He just needs to modify his pace to not kill his defense.

    No talent in SF and no one wants to play for York and Baalke. SF will be bad for years

  29. Bob says: Mar 23, 2016 2:24 PM

    I like how nothing in Philadelphia was Chip Kelly’s fault, at least if you ask Chip Kelly.

  30. losangelesbillsofbuffalo says: Mar 23, 2016 3:03 PM

    “Do as I say, not as I do”

    -Chip Kelly (as he eats his weight in Cheese Steaks)

  31. famundacheese says: Mar 23, 2016 3:24 PM

    No one signing in San Fran this year is all that is needed to know.

  32. squackduckhawk says: Mar 23, 2016 3:31 PM

    I don want this comment deleted by mods so i won’t post a link, but those people that accuse Chip of having no accountability should search “Chip Kelly reimburses fan.” This dude reimbursed a fan who wrote him a scathing letter about the Ducks’ abysmal performance against Boise State. Chip wrote back that he couldnt agree more with the assesment, admitted the fault, took responsibility, and reimbursed the guy for the trip with his own money. Say what you will about the guy, but I have rarely heard a better example of accountability.

  33. cmtumd says: Mar 23, 2016 3:51 PM

    People love to hate Chip and I’ve never seen a fan base turn on a guy as quickly as Philly has. Chip is a good coach, but may not be a great coach. He hasn’t had a whole lot of success beating playoff contenders and now he has to play Seattle and Arizona twice a year. His fate will be determined by how he does against those two teams more than anything else.

  34. wallabear says: Mar 23, 2016 4:28 PM

    Let bygones be bygones. Trade Kaep to the TTs in exchange for MARIOTA!

  35. luvusa1 says: Mar 23, 2016 5:12 PM

    Yes 10 win seasons with mostly non playoff there’s that….

  36. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Mar 23, 2016 8:55 PM

    taking a couple grand out of your pocket to pay some fan when you are making the money chipper has made the past few years is nothing. and having it public makes it even less admirable.

    his problem was thinking that the best deal he could get for bradford was nick and a #2; and that the best he could do for shady was a linebacker with no knees and no clue….

  37. tigerboye says: Mar 23, 2016 9:25 PM

    bad since 1950

  38. famundacheese says: Mar 23, 2016 11:43 PM

    Yeah you may want to look at that roster chip took over. That non play off team could have been a lot better had Reid not mail it in mentally( his sons trouble with the law and death of another child). He hired an offensive line coach as a Defensive Coordinator. Kelly may have inherited a 4-12 team, but their was some talent on that team, Until he got rid of it all.

  39. kelsey59 says: Mar 24, 2016 12:21 AM

    It is scary to think of a football coach can be such an egomanic. I could understand if he if he was a genius in math, physics, or computer science, but it is football. He is such a loser.

  40. hottakesmagoo says: Mar 25, 2016 5:27 PM

    Thank you Jeffery Lurie for turning our organization into a laughing stock.

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