Chip Kelly downplays DeMarco Murray’s meeting with owner

AP

In his first comments to the media since news broke of running back DeMarco Murray complaining to owner Jeffrey Lurie about the Eagles offense, coach Chip Kelly didn’t deny it. Instead, he downplayed it.

“He didn’t have a meeting with [Lurie],” Kelly said during a conference call with reporters who cover the Bills, via Albert Breer of NFL Network. “He just happened to be sitting next to him on the plane. It wasn’t orchestrated.”

Orchestrated or not, Murray broke protocol in a major way. And any coach should be concerned about that, regardless of how it happened.

Kelly’s position isn’t surprising, given his general approach to refrain from anger or other open displays of accountability. But unless the owner is going to not fly on the team plane and otherwise stay away from the players, there will be other opportunities for chance meetings, during which players will have the ability to undermine the head coach by bending the owner’s ear.

The head coach needs to make sure the players understand that, if they have a problem, they need to come to the head coach, not to the owner. If players believe that: (1) the owner option is available; and (2) it possibly could get results, more of them will give it a try. And that’s not good for anybody.

32 responses to “Chip Kelly downplays DeMarco Murray’s meeting with owner

  1. An NFL head coach with no clue…. and a prima donna whining NFL running back….. quite the combo… no wonder the Eagles are a mess… let’s start the countdown of when ole Chip dashes back to the college ranks…..

  2. I bet you half the players in the NFL don’t think they get the ball enough. Look at Antonio Brown he was upset about not getting the ball and that was just after 2 games. Sammy Watkins did the same this year. Good players always want the ball. But media always twists it up and blows it out of proportion. It must get tiresome for players and coaches to always have to answer these loaded questions.

  3. Owner Jeffrey Lurie’s thoughts during Murrey’s 38 minute complaint tirade: “Oh, yes DeMarco…I totally agree” “Right DeMarco…more touches, gotcha”….

  4. so he’s sitting next to the owner, what, he’s not supposed to talk about the team? just talk about world happenings? ask him what he’d be if he were a tree?
    what if the owner asked him what’s on his mind? just say no?

  5. What Chippah failed to tell you, and most of you trolls don’t understand, is that Demarco failed to stay in bounds while the Eagles were attempting to kill the clock at the beginning of the 4th qrter of the Pats game…

    That, combined with his inability to hit a hole or get to the edge all season long is reason enough for the Chippah to bench his butt.

    So…watch with your eyes, not your behinds. The dude is either tanking or that tread on his tires got a little thinner. I wouldn’t doubt its both.

  6. Oh…and watch Jason Kelce’s reaction after Demarco’s back-to-back TFLs…tell me Kelce didn’t go take a play off to assure that Murray got dropped for no gain.

    When you “slide” to not take a hit, there’s a reason why the other players are playing violins when they hear you complain, Demarco…

  7. This 2015 episode of the eagles would be far better if at least one other NFC East team would try to win the division. The NFL playoff structure is massively flawed if horrific teams such as these are allowed in the playoffs.

  8. jrclark1978 says:
    Dec 9, 2015 11:54 AM

    This 2015 episode of the eagles would be far better if at least one other NFC East team would try to win the division. The NFL playoff structure is massively flawed if horrific teams such as these are allowed in the playoffs.
    ———————-
    not just that, if you really believe in the integrity of the game, no team should be allowed in the playoffs with a .500 record or below.

  9. If he was seated next to the owner, who knows what the convo was about?
    ====
    DeMarco.
    Jeff.
    Whomever was sitting in front of them.
    Whomever was sitting behind them.
    Whomever was sitting next to/across from them…

    Unless, of course, they were wearing a Cone of Silence.

  10. My question is, how did a private conversation between two people on a plane get leaked to the media?

  11. “If players believe that: (1) the owner option is available; and (2) it possibly could get results, more of them will give it a try. And that’s not good for anybody.”

    Sorry, but this comment sounds totally judgmental, like it’s coming from a vested member of the good-old-boy network. Who says it’s not good for anybody? In honestly, and removing personal judgement from the equation, it could turn out to be good for a lot of people. Although perhaps not to the continued money printing abilities of the NFL.

  12. What Murray should have been talking about when he had the chance to speak to an owner one on one, was when are they going to fire Goodell. Now that would have been time we’ll spent.

  13. Chip doesn’t care anymore. He’s now able to go back to coach college football stating he has proved everything he set out to prove in the NFL. He beat Belichick and Brady at home with his convoluted game plan. How many others can say that?

  14. I’m sure there are many in the Philly area that would help pack up Kelly’s belongings just so they could be rid of him.
    Take all those gimmicks, the different cards on the sidelines, the hurry up offense and the smoothies with you.

  15. It sounds like the owner went to the back of the plane where the players sit and asked Murray about it himself.

  16. Why does the media and even the Philadelphia fans care if DeMarco Murray is comfortable in the offence? Since when has the #1 priority of an offence been the comfort level of the RB? Isn’t the #1 concern typically the comfort level of the QB? In this case Sam Bradford. If Sam Bradford is comfortable in the shotgun then put your QB in the shotgun. If we weren’t running a RB rotation then concern about Murray’s comfort level might warrant some concern, but when the other 3 backs in this offence are moving the ball just fine, in fact better then Murray, out of the gun I don’t see the benefit in changing strategy just so DeMarco is comfortable or gets more touches.

    I know the counter argument is “Well, you’re paying DeMarco $20mil and not using him properly!”, that’s true and it is a mistake, but it is a much more egregious mistake to compile that mistake by shuffling up what is working for the 4 other players on the team (Bradford, Sproles, Mathews, Barner) for 1 player(Murray).

  17. @phillyfan7786: Amen. Sit demarco out on alot of shotgun plays if he doesn’t like it.

    And also, run more from under center when you do use demarco. Not because it makes him comfortable, but because he gains yards from that set.

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