Last week, former Eagles coach Chip Kelly continued to push the ridiculous narrative that he didn’t run the show in Philly. This week, someone has leaked to the media details that further prove Kelly is full of something other than smoothies.
A former member of the Philadelphia front office told Matt Lombardo of NJ.com that Howie Roseman and the team’s scouts had little input over the draft during Kelly’s three seasons with the team. The biggest example came from the decision-making process that resulted in the selection of linebacker Marcus Smith in round one.
“Right before that  draft, the scouts set the board,” the unnamed former employee told Lombardo. “Then Chip got a hold of it and totally turned it around. Scouts had no say at all in that draft. Anybody that Chip didn’t want, that player’s card got removed from the board and thrown in the trash. Those guys were never even in the discussion.
“Almost immediately, you had a lot of scouts looking around and wondering, ‘Why am I even working? Why the hell are we even here?’ We put all of this work in, put the information in and Chip changed everything and took whoever he wanted to take.”
The source, who said that he had a third-round draft grade on Smith, explained that Kelly would listen to former front-office exec Tom Gamble, but that Kelly wouldn’t listen to Roseman.
“It just wasn’t a good relationship,” the source told Lombardo.
The not-so-good relationship hit the fan after the 2014 season, when Roseman fired Gamble and Kelly responded with a showdown that resulted in Kelly getting the keys to the car and Roseman being promoted to executive V.P. of football operations while also being physically exiled by Kelly from football operations.
Then the 2015 season came, the Eagles struggled, and Kelly was held accountable for it with his job. By quickly landing a new job in San Francisco, Kelly’s methods arguably were validated.
Which is something that should make 49ers G.M. Trent Baalke a little nervous, especially if Kelly has success right out of the gates with his new team.