The Eagles have lost two straight games at home, punctuated by a 45-17 loss to a team that won a total of two games in 2014. And the strain of a season with as many losses (six) through 10 games as the team had through 16 in each of Chip Kelly’s first two seasons have increased the level of stress for the head coach.
That stress manifested itself on Monday, when Kelly got a little testy in two different settings.
First, during an appearance with Angelo Cataldi of 94WIP in Philadelphia, Cataldi asked Kelly if the coach gets mad at players during or after a blowout loss at home to a middle-of-the-pack team.
“I don’t think you have to yell at grown men,” Kelly said, via CBS Philly. “I think every single play in that locker room is as disappointed, or more disappointed, than anybody in this city in terms of how we played and what the outcome of this game was. So for someone to have yell at them or raise their voice, they’re not two-year-olds. They’re grown men. They know exactly what’s going on. That’s Harry High School stuff. That doesn’t flow and that doesn’t work and that’s not what people talk about. If that’s what people want, if people want a screamer and yeller, then let’s hire you ’cause you’re really good at it.”
Said Cataldi in response: “I’m not sure I’d be worse than 4-6.”
Later, during a press conference, a reporter reminded Kelly that he doesn’t need to yell at players because they’re grown men, but then asked whether Kelly has considered making personnel changes. Here’s how the rest of the exchange went, from the transcript distributed by the team.
Kelly: “No, not at all.”
Q: “And why not?”
Kelly: “Because I feel confident in the guys we have right now.”
Q: “The definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over and getting the same results –”
Kelly: “I’ve never heard that before. Thanks for sharing that with us.”
Q: “Well, it’s Einstein.”
Q: “But do you ever look –”
Kelly: “We lost two games. I think sometimes people panic and throw the baby out with the bath water. I think we have a really good football team, and I’m very confident in those football players.”
To use Kelly’s metaphor, he’s not willing to throw out the baby or the bath water. And it’s creating a nasty soup of water plus the stuff a baby will inevitably deposit in the water if the baby is left in the water long enough.