Chip Kelly: I rated Odell Beckham No. 1 overall in last year’s draft

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Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was the best rookie in the NFL last year. That came as no surprise to Eagles coach Chip Kelly.

Kelly said that heading into last year’s draft, he personally considered Beckham not just the best receiver in the draft but the best player, period. So why didn’t the Eagles move up from the No. 22 overall pick so that they could draft Beckham before the Giants got him at No. 12? Kelly said he just doesn’t believe in giving up that much to move up.

“I said it a year ago: I thought Odell Beckham was the best player in the draft. I was right. We didn’t have a chance to get Odell Beckham, but a lot of it depends on where you’re selecting,” Kelly said.

Asked if he was disappointed not to get Beckham last year, Kelly noted that last year, Howie Roseman had final say in the draft room.

“I didn’t have final say so, I mean, you always defer to who’s in charge,” Kelly said.

This year, Kelly has been given total control over personnel, and Kelly will run the draft. Which means that if there’s one player Kelly feels confident is the best in the draft, Kelly can do everything in his power to get that player. If that player is Marcus Mariota, the Eagles may not be done wheeling and dealing this offseason.

166 responses to “Chip Kelly: I rated Odell Beckham No. 1 overall in last year’s draft

  1. Why does this guy think anyone cares about his opinion about a player that isn’t on his team?

    You’re a rookie NFL coach that doesn’t belong in the NFL…..wanna be Pete Carrol, Go Away!

  2. I wonder if he thought Marcus Smith was the 129th best player in the draft…… #eaglesfanregrets

  3. Quote from the piece:
    “Kelly said he just doesn’t believe in giving up that much to move up.”

    He’s not going to sell the farm to get Mariota.

  4. “This year, Kelly has been given total control over personnel, and Kelly will run the draft.”

    Lets give full control over personnel to the guy that removed all the talent on the team in less than 2 years.

    The Eagles are screwed!

  5. Hmmm yeah. I knew a while back that Brady kid out of Michigan was going to be pretty good also.

  6. Everybody is saying they had Beckham rated high, but I believe Kelly. That’s probably the scouting report that caused the change in the chain of command in Philly.

  7. On December 8th, 1941, Chip Kelly predicted that the Japanese would attack Pearl Harbor.

  8. I’m sure he ranked the rookies of the year highest every year. He’s just that amazing.

    Good lord. Shut up and win something at the NFL level. Then maybe you can keep the ego. Otherwise, it looks like you’re destroying your team and will be battling the skins for last place.

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  9. god i cant wait until this fraud is out of the league in 2 years. im pretty sure the biggest thing he has going for himself on his resume is his ability to predict with hindsight

  10. nfl.com just published their 2014 draft do-over. They had Beckham going #2 overall and the first overall pick was Teddy Bridgewater. That’s probably right, just because quarterback is a more valuable position than receiver.

  11. Chip is a genius with meticulous attention to detail. Fortunately I was able to get a sneak peek of his daily planner for March 2016 which I’ll share with you here:

    5am Coffee
    6am Spin class
    7am Draw up fancy new passing play on back of napkin
    8am Check which NFL player had breakout season in 2015 and claim he was the #1 guy on my board a year ago
    9am Trade half the roster on pure whimsy

  12. deflatedfootballs says:
    Mar 25, 2015 11:24 AM
    No way in hell ODB was the nr 1 player in the draft.. Even though Clowney was hurt this past season.. He was the nr 1 player before the last years draft
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    He wasn’t even ranked #1 on draft day, the Texans had just committed prematurely

  13. Chip, let’s see in 5 years or so where the players from the 2014 draft rank before we start basing rankings on player’s rookie seasons.

  14. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Mar 25, 2015 11:32 AM
    nfl.com just published their 2014 draft do-over. They had Beckham going #2 overall and the first overall pick was Teddy Bridgewater. That’s probably right, just because quarterback is a more valuable position than receiver.
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    The only reason he is ranked #1 is bc it would be to the Texans, clearly not bc he is ranked #1 overall, that would just be ludicrous

  15. Chip’s comments are comparable to what Kraft said about Revis, which drew a tampering complaint by the Jets. But the Giants have class and won’t raise it.

  16. Remember when the Bills lost their #1 pick for 2015 when they could have had this guy without giving anything up? Sammy is great, but you certainly cant argue he’s better than ODBJ, thus not worth the giving away of a 1st rounder. *struggles of being a bills fan*

  17. armchairqb says: Mar 25, 2015 11:27 AM

    On December 8th, 1941, Chip Kelly predicted that the Japanese would attack Pearl Harbor.

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    This is true. Brian Williams was there and confirmed it.

  18. Yes, and Chip rated J.J. Watt number one in 2011 too.

    And he had Aaron Rodgers as easily the best player in the 2005 draft.

    And when everyone else had Courtney Brown or LaVar Arrington at the top of the 2000 draft, good old Chip had Tom Brady number one in 2000.

    If only all these teams had the omniscience of Chip Kelly to steer them right.

  19. And you will have the pleasure of watching him out run and out move your D for what ever time you have left in Philly

    For you Philly fans who is your QB who is your #1 WR or for that matter #2?

    Eli throws deep ODB catches it in the end zone for another touch down

    Get used to those words going to be hearing them a lot this season

  20. This guy is getting old really quick….pretty soon he will have all Oregon players on his team and they will all be white. Don’t believe me? Ask that dude from ESPN.

  21. I love reading all the “win something”, or “your a rookie head coach”, or “he got rid of all of their talent”, or the other junk from all the haters

    How many games did Belichek win his first 2 years? How about Pete Carrol? Chip has won 20 games in 2 years, with someone else’s players that finished 4-12 (and weren’t that good) the year before he got here.

    He is now in charge, and getting player he feels fit his system. Who would know what he wants in his system more? Have they taken hits on offense? Sure. Are they stronger on defense? Without a doubt. Give the man some time to build what he’s doing, he didn’t come to Philly to win 10 games a year, he came to win a title

  22. Chip, just admit it, you are in over your head. Even though DeSean Jackson was a pain, he could stretch the field and get big plays. Who do you have now that can even come close?

  23. iloveagoodnap says:Mar 25, 2015 11:40 AM

    Remember when the Bills lost their #1 pick for 2015 when they could have had this guy without giving anything up? Sammy is great, but you certainly cant argue he’s better than ODBJ, thus not worth the giving away of a 1st rounder. *struggles of being a bills fan*
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    I don’t care what Chip Kelly says….there is not a single team or coach that would of taken ODB over Watkins. Watkins has and had the most talent of any of the WR’s. ODB’s numbers were overinflated. First of all Cruz was hurt and the Giants didn’t have any other WR to throw to, plus the Giants were always behind and throwing the ball all game long. Lets see what his numbers are this year with a healthy Cruz and a better Giants defense. I’d still take Watkins. More upside and potential.

  24. As long as Chip continues to deliver 10 win seasons, he’s not going anywhere
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    That’s what Andy Reid thought also. He even got them to 4 conference titles and a Superbowl game. The Eagles miss the playoffs the next 2 years and Chip will be gone. Bet on that.

  25. coltzfan166 says:
    Mar 25, 2015 11:41 AM
    He’s famous because of one lucky catch he made. Sammy Watkins had a better year

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    incorrect. look at the numbers. i’m a bills fan, but beckham had a much better year. thats not to say watkins wont have a better career. and yes i still like the bills trading up to get him.

  26. @largent 80

    Coffee, Spin class, trade half the roster on pure whimsy? You’ve got the makings of a hit reality TV show.
    .

  27. coltzfan166 says:
    Mar 25, 2015 11:41 AM
    He’s famous because of one lucky catch he made. Sammy Watkins had a better year

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    Beckham had 400 more yards and TWICE as many TD’s as Watkins.

    In four less games!

  28. He certainly is not your ‘normal’ first time NFL head coaches, however I am not sure of other first time NFL head coaches who win 20 games in his first two seasons.

    Its fun to see someone buck the system and do something new…. It will be interesting to see if he fails miserably or has wild success.. I think either way, everyone is interested in what is going on with Chip Kelly.

  29. “iman62 says:
    Mar 25, 2015 11:24 AM
    It’s a lot easier to say this now than before last years draft….”

    Um, why would a coach reveal his draft board BEFORE THE DRAFT? Hello!

  30. Love it, 2 years ago Kelly haters were saying he’d be out of the league in 2 years. In these past 2 years Chip has 2 twenty win seasons and 1 division championship. So what do the haters do, “oh in 3 years he’ll be back in college.” Please stuff it already, the guy is a good coach. The jury is still out on his GM abilities but to dismiss what Chip’s done so far makes some of you look like idiots.

    As for the ODB thing Philly fans already knew Kelly valued him extremely high, wonder boy Roseman had the final say.

  31. Brian Williams has already reported that he was there in the office with Chip Kelly when Kelly moved ODB Jr up to the #1 spot on his draft board.

  32. Not sure Chip understands the tampering rules…someone give him the book. As an Eagles fan, I wish we had Beckham though, especially now with not much at WR on the team.

  33. KELLY had more than twice as many reporters at his table than any other NFC coach had. They are going to ask him alotta stupid questions

  34. Ya, because only a moron wouldn’t trade up from #22 to #12 to get the best player in the draft at a salary 11 spots below his actual worth. Yup, good one Chipper……….

  35. Yeah ok, Chip. This guy is starting to remind me of Rex minus the Super Bowl predictions except Rex had more success in his first two years.

  36. After this upcoming season is over he’ll tell us who he had ranked highest in this draft class.

  37. I’m just thankful the 11 teams drafting in front of the Giants didn’t consider Odell the #1 overall talent available. That said, I couldn’t care less what Chip or anyone else associated with the Eagles has to say.

  38. bigbenh8tr says:
    Mar 25, 2015 11:39 AM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Mar 25, 2015 11:32 AM
    nfl.com just published their 2014 draft do-over. They had Beckham going #2 overall and the first overall pick was Teddy Bridgewater. That’s probably right, just because quarterback is a more valuable position than receiver.
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    The only reason he is ranked #1 is bc it would be to the Texans, clearly not bc he is ranked #1 overall, that would just be ludicrous
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    I guess I don’t know how you rank guys in a draft. I agree that the Patriots probably wouldn’t have taken Bridgewater if they had the first pick, but teams with quarterbacks rarely have the first pick in a draft. If you need a quarterback, you take Bridgewater over Beckham 100% of the time.

  39. Kelly said…heading into last years draft..not after the fact…read the article before you attack the the mad scientist..yours truly bleeding green nation

  40. One think I know for sure is Chip is smarter than all these posters on here after all he’s coaching in the NFL while these clowns are reduced to managing a fantasy team.

  41. We know what he said we just make fun of him because he’s a joke. He’s like the dos Equis most interesting man in the world guy except he narrates it himself.

  42. No matter what you give up or do, if you get the guy you want you did just fine. It’s a TEAM. Individuals are just that. Megatron is the best wr, but so far it hasn’t done all that much for Detroit except sell jerseys.

  43. Sorry deflated footballs but anyone who knows kelly even a little knows he wouldn’t rank Clowney first…he likes/wants guys that work there tail off. Clowney had work ethic questions from the beginning. Def not Chip kelly player.

  44. Do you folks know ANYTHING about football? If so you would know Philadelphia is a top 5 media market team ie: you will see more headlines, you will see more coach/player interviews. Are you people really this behind? Chip gets interviewed a lot because he keeps things interesting and again in his 1st year took a team that was 4-12 to 10-6 with the same roster. Now he dumps the roster and everybody thinks he does not know what hes doing? If he can win with somebody elses team trust me…. He will win with the team he puts together.

  45. And the attention the Philadelphia Eagles continue to attract is ongoing proof that they are truly America’s Team.

  46. Any Bills fan saying they would still trade a #1 pick for Watkins over Beckham is delusional. You clearly do not understand how valuable draft picks are, let a lone a #1. Beckham had one of the best wr rookie years ever next to Randy Moss playing 4 less games. His numbers were not “inflated” either. He was the only weapon on that Giants offense last year and was routinely double teamed each week. The Rams basically tried to take him out of the game on every play, and he still lit them up. Keep signing WRs and RBs Buffalo, you still don’t have a QB. You couldn’t win with Lynch, Mcgahee, Spiller….what makes you think you will win with Mccoy?

  47. You go Chip-tear down that franchise . Who do you think you are? My son who went to school at Yale would run that franchise 1000 times better than what you are doing to the city of Philadelphia. I’m not an Eagles fan either. Chip just go away, go far away!

  48. Nice try, Chip lol We all know that the QB and RB tandem are the stars of your show/system lol

  49. pervyspankspackfans says:
    Mar 25, 2015 11:37 AM
    I rated Chimp Kelly as the biggest self absorbed blow hard in the NFL….

    Sorry, but Wrecks Ryan and Belicheat would come in 1st and 2nd.

  50. shadrach422 says:
    Mar 25, 2015 12:53 PM

    And the attention the Philadelphia Eagles continue to attract is ongoing proof that they are truly America’s Team.
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    Carrot Top attracts attention because of his look and mannerisms. Doesn’t mean he’s America’s favorite entertainer.

    Anyone can put on a red nose, funny outfit, and face paint. Chip is a clown.

  51. talk to the 32 GM’s from the 2000 draft and I bet they would all say that they thought Tom Brady was the best player in the draft.

  52. This is just between us. Chip Kelly called the Skins and told us to grab Alfred Morris in the 6th round. Said he just knew he’d be a steal.

  53. this guy is getting pretty easy not to like………got a feeling when it is all done and said he will find out like a lot of great college coaches , that this is not college.

  54. I’m not poo-pooing Beckham in any way (he is an amazing talent), but I’m not a fan of people just declaring things such as that Beckham was “the best rookie in the NFL last year”. That’s most certainly debatable. Beckham is right in the discussion, but let me choose and my pick is Aaron Donald.

  55. Sorry, Teddy and Anthony Barr were the best rookies last year. In my humble opinion. Skol.

  56. Hey, everyone saying Chip Kelly loves him some Chip Kelly, let’s take a step back and look at the ignorance of your comments. Do you really think Chip came out and just started talking to someone at random? He was obviously asked a question and answered said question. I highly doubt he wakes up in the morning and says , ” I wonder what kind of comment I can make today that will keep my name in the news.” Has he made some decisions that have not made people happy, yes. Has he made some moves to make his football team better, we are yet to see. But one thing is clear, the guy has a vision and he is willing to make the tough choices to implement his vision. Philly fans hold tight, Rome was not made in a day, but when it was completed it was the gold standard for the rest of the world at that time. All I’m saying, and I am by no means a Philly fan, is that he is bringing something never before seen in the NFL and the pieces it takes to complete the puzzle take time to acquire. Give him 3 yrs and you will be looking possibly the same type of dominance that the Patriots have had in the AFC East or the Atlanta Braves of the 90’s.

  57. Jim Trimble had John Unitas rated #1 overall in 1955 but you don’t see him bragging about it

  58. Wow, Eagles fans should be ecstatic over having Chip Kelly and his astute talent evaluation.

    Beckham wasn’t the first player he knew would be excellent but didn’t draft.

    He also didn’t draft Russ Wilson who he knew would be fabulous.

    Kind of like the guy who shares his NCAA bracket after the tourney is over.

  59. It sounds to me like Kelly just realized that his number one receiver is Riley Cooper, and now he’s putting things in place to blame that on Howie Roseman.

  60. Odell may or may not be the best rookie in last year’s class. One year does not decide that. Chip Kelly’s arrogance is downright annoying. Just because you say he’s the best player in the draft Chip, doesn’t mean he’s actually the best player. Nice try, though.

  61. It’s funny so many people not in football but post on message boards as if they were claim Kelly doesn’t know what he’s doing. But some of the most brilliant minds in the nfl are praising Kelly for what he is doing. The only player I question him letting walk was maclin but I think he was offering maclin his value and kc came in two million above.

  62. Lol!!! You know what now that I think about it…I also had him as the #1 overall player.

  63. “So here we are in the war room with about three minutes left on the clock when John Mara turns to me and says, ‘Hey, what do you think of this offensive lineman with the twelfth overall pick?'”

    -Brian Williams

  64. pillowporkers says:
    Mar 25, 2015 2:04 PM
    Odell may or may not be the best rookie in last year’s class. One year does not decide that. Chip Kelly’s arrogance is downright annoying. Just because you say he’s the best player in the draft Chip, doesn’t mean he’s actually the best player. Nice try, though.
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    You had me at “Chip Kelly’s arrogance is downright annoying”, that we can all agree on.

  65. 1. Why does he always have his tongue sticking out?
    2. What the hell does he have on Jeff Lurie?
    3. How long will it take the Eagles to recover from the shambles he is making of the team?

  66. I can see it now:

    “Chump Kelly’s Used Cars”

    “Come on down and let Chump make you an offer you can’t refuse. Everything must go!”

  67. Carrot Top attracts attention because of his look and mannerisms. Doesn’t mean he’s America’s favorite entertainer.
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    Frank, you show your age trying to be funny. Carrot Top? Really? He’s popular in todays society? Maybe back in the 90’s Frank. Bad comparison.

  68. He was right.

    If it doesn’t work out in Philly, maybe the NYG scouting internship program will be of interest.

  69. Yeah but I’ll give up a solid QB who is cheap for an injury prone QB who is making $13 million. No one is saying what he is doing is smart. They might think it’s ‘interesting’ but not smart. There are reasons successful teams follow certain patterns. He may be doing things his way – but they aren’t the smart way. Question – name the last team with the leagues leading rusher to win the super bowl….

  70. Yes…me too..

    Also in 2013 I thought the best player in the draft was Sheldon Richardson..

    And in 2012 I thought it was Rusell Wilson and Andrew Luck…

    In 2011 I thought it was J.J Watt…

    Because….I’m really really smart.

    Like you are, or at least want to remind us of every 13 minutes this offseason.

  71. Love it. Everybody rants on and on about what a terrible organization the Eagles… and the fans are are horrible… blah blah blah… But if you monitor the numbers of comments each of the articles about the Birds, you can’t deny the following the team has. If these people truly believed that the Eagles were irrelevant, they wouldn’t be so passionate about trying to discredit them.

    There is a thin lie between love and hate.

    I believe people hate that Eagles fans are as die-hard as they are despite never winning a Superbowl. It eats at them because they will never have the same dedication and life-long loyalty to a team. It water-cooler talk or a “my dad makes more money than your dad” type of mindset.

    A majority of the haters most likely picked their favorite uniform or fell in love with a player at an early age and root for a team that is out of their locale. again, they’ll never get it. That’s why even when Eagles fans come across Giants fans or Redskin fans at our home games… we go at it… but we understand each other. Anyone else is simply a fraud.

  72. billswillnevermove says:

    I don’t care what Chip Kelly says….there is not a single team or coach that would of taken ODB over Watkins. Watkins has and had the most talent of any of the WR’s. ODB’s numbers were overinflated. First of all Cruz was hurt and the Giants didn’t have any other WR to throw to, plus the Giants were always behind and throwing the ball all game long. Lets see what his numbers are this year with a healthy Cruz and a better Giants defense. I’d still take Watkins. More upside and potential
    ……………………………..
    Sorry, but no.

    1) Having less weapons doesn’t inflate someone’s stats, it has a negating affect. Would he get less looks with Cruz healthy? Sure. But with Cruz out he also became the target coverage for other teams, they had no one else, so they focused their pass defense scheme on stopping him, and it didn’t matter, he still lit it up.

    2) The numbers he put up was in only 12 games vs 16, which makes him all the more impressive

    3) No one is saying Watkins doesn’t have more upside and he very well may have a better career. If they took Watkins straight up at #8 instead of ODBJ, great! But they didn’t. They gave up a first round draft pick that could have been used to address the needs they have- they’ve improved, but they still have big needs. Or they could have used it as leverage to trade for a better QB. Draft picks are extremely valuable.

    So, no. You miss the point. It’s not a comparison of ODBJ vs Sammy. It’s a comparison of ODBJ vs Sammy AND this years 1st rd pick. I stand by statement, as a Bills fan.

  73. winninaintsinnin says:
    Mar 25, 2015 1:48 PM
    Wow, Eagles fans should be ecstatic over having Chip Kelly and his astute talent evaluation.

    Beckham wasn’t the first player he knew would be excellent but didn’t draft.

    He also didn’t draft Russ Wilson who he knew would be fabulous.

    Kind of like the guy who shares his NCAA bracket after the tourney is over.

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    Chip was still at Oregon when Wilson was drafted. Chip has been around for exactly one draft. The 2013 draft was before he was hired

  74. I’m sheltered from this guy for the most part, but the douche is strong with this one.

    BS Chipper.

  75. I absolutely love this guy I’m so glad he is our coach. I love him even more because he pisses fans of other teams off to no end. It’s great to read all of the crap about him going back to college and how everybody CAN’T WAIT for his inevitable failure. Oh it so entertaining. Because all of the evidence suggests that he’s going right back to college. Right? 20-12 in his first 2 seasons with a playoff appearence. Thats better than Lombardi’s first 2 seasons. And way better than bellicheck and parcells first two seasons. Now I’m not saying he is going to become a hall of fame coach. But those of you that can’t wait for him to flop are going to have a looong wait.

  76. Yes, Chip. We hear you. You are a super-great talent evaluator and can tell who the superstars are in advance. Every one of your draft picks will be amazing, as a result. Right? That is what you are claiming, right Chip?

    We will see…

  77. Anyone notice how all of Chip Kelly’s predictions are in the past tense?

    “Oh yeah, I knew that was going to happen.”

  78. The guy is forced to talk by the league and now he’s arrogant, annoying, etc. Otherwise, he doesn’t speak. There’s 30 other teams out there that wish they had Kelly as their coach….that makes 99% of the commenters above haters, frauds or both. 20 wins in 1st two years speaks for itself. The team is absolutely heading in the right direction. Kelly for President.

  79. “Hindsight is 50/50.”

    -Steve Spurrier

    Chip is going to go down as a worse coach than the ole ball coach when it comes to the NFL. That coupled with the fact that he has NEVER won anything (Championship wise. Rose bowl doesn’t count Kelly apologists (the whole city of Philadelphia)) and I can’t wait for philly fans next year when they are cursing Chump up and down the radio dial. How did that Asamougwha acquisition work out? How many acquisitions from the dream team year are left? Building through FA NEVER works. I know. I am a Redskins fan!

    Chip Kelly won a division in his first year? Second after letting Jackson walk what happened? Ten wins with no playoffs only gets you a higher draft pick. He is regressing bird fans. You all will see soon enough!!

  80. Writers ask Chip a question about last year’s draft, he answers it – honestly, and he’s a “self-absorbed blow hard”. Why is every fan of every team outside of the Patriots jealous of this guy? Because every owner of every NFL team would hire him TOMORROW if he was available and they had a vacancy. And some would fire their current guy and replace him with Kelly right now if they could get him.

  81. Oooh-oooh! And I had Tom Brady ranked #1 in the 2000 Draft!

    Hey Winnie-the-Pooh, you so smart – who you have #1 in this year’s draft? Let’s hear it now or even on day 2 of The Draft. Yeah, right.

  82. bigbluefan1 says:
    Mar 25, 2015 11:46 AM
    And you will have the pleasure of watching him out run and out move your D for what ever time you have left in Philly

    For you Philly fans who is your QB who is your #1 WR or for that matter #2?

    Eli throws deep ODB catches it in the end zone for another touch down

    Get used to those words going to be hearing them a lot this season

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    How’d he do last year vs the Eagles? Oh that’s right 0-2. You Giants fans continue to amuse

  83. Gotta love all the people getting on Chip’s case for this, especially when it’s apparent they don’t know about the multiple times during last season (as early as October) when Chip said the Eagles were very high on OBJ and that he had him rated the top WR on his board.

  84. Giants win division in 2015, Eagles wild card team but beat Giants again in the playoffs. Has Giant team beaten Kelly’s team yet. Oh yes they did when both Eagle QBs were injured and a rookie bust was playing and then by the skin of their teeth.

    Kelly owns
    Giants.

  85. Chip Kelly ranked Chip kelly the No. 1 coach in the NFL – just behind Chip Kelly.

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