Report: Chip Kelly wanted to draft Dak Prescott, Trent Baalke said no

AP

One of the fun things about Black Monday in the NFL is the way everyone tries to blame everyone else for all of a franchise’s failures. Head coaches blame general managers and general managers blame head coaches. Offensive assistants blame the defense, defensive assistants blame the offense. These stories come out every year.

But this year we have a doozy: According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, ex-49ers coach Chip Kelly and others in the building wanted to draft Dak Prescott, while ex-49ers General Manager Trent Baalke, who had final say in the team’s draft room, refused.

Of course, it needs to be pointed out that these stories tend to get exaggerated over time. Baalke’s side of the story may very well be different: Maybe he’ll say he liked Prescott, too, and would have chosen him later in the draft if the Cowboys hadn’t. And Maybe Baalke would say Kelly never really pushed for Prescott. And it’s important to remember that if Tony Romo had stayed healthy all season and Prescott had stayed on the bench instead of having one of the all-time great rookie seasons, Kelly and the people close to him wouldn’t be leaking the fact that they all loved Prescott.

Still, it’s quite a story, one that could have dramatically changed the fortunes of two franchises: If the 49ers take Prescott, maybe Baalke and Kelly don’t get fired. And maybe the Cowboys are spending Black Monday leaking stories about who’s to blame for what went wrong, rather than getting ready for the playoffs.

86 responses to “Report: Chip Kelly wanted to draft Dak Prescott, Trent Baalke said no

  1. And if my aunt had balls she’d be my uncle. Chip and Trent were still doomed, and don’t have any place in professional football.

  2. Chip your a grown man and a grown man should never kiss some bodies rear end for a days work ,,,go back to college where your wanted and the man ! With all due respect Chip and in defense of you the NFL ain’t all that anymore it’s not football it’s show business !

  3. This is why you hire a high powered elite coach and let him pick his GM.

    Who is Trent Baalke to tell Chip Kelly what he needs and doesnt need to win games. Chip is a system based coach. If he says he needs a player..jeezus chryst…draft the player.

    I never seen so many millionaire/billionaire idiots as they are in NFL front offices.

  4. Probably true. Baalke is a moron, Chip is a stubborn coach but not that bad of a personnel guy. Two of his “mistakes” are playing great this year (Murray and Maxwell) and Bradford although average had a record setting year completing passes. That would be beneficial in Chips offense. Smith and Agolhor dont look that great but Rowe is playing good defense for NE. Chip was kind of stuck bc the 9ers were the only team that would give him HC job but the people above him are morons and he had bad players. Hell resurface in college and be a good again. The niners wont until York buts out gives time to his GM and HC, they r starting with very little

  5. “I also wanted to draft all the rookies that have been great this year. I knew all along that they would be great but the GM totally prevented me from getting them. Can you believe that!? Sheesh!…”

  6. Or there is the possibility that Dak Prescott goes to San Francisco and never develops the way he has with the Cowboys, that he sits on the bench or is put in a scheme that doesn’t enable him to flourish.

    It’s not just that Belichick drafted Tom Brady, it’s that he came to recognize what he had, kept a FOURTH quarterback on the roster for a year because Brady wasn’t ready to play but showed potential.

  7. All due respect to Prescott, and Zeke Elliott for that matter, but the Dallas OL is what makes it all work. I’m not sure you just throw Dak in anywhere and see this kind of success from a rookie. Kid definitely looks to have a brighter future than Kap or Gabbert though.

  8. This is classic Kelly, blames everyone but himself. His drafts in Philly were abysmal when he was in charge. He treated men like baby’s and lost control the locker room. He demanded power but failed to when he had it. Chip ahoy loser.

  9. chip is obsessed with the Cowboys–like single white female obsessed.. he overpaid for Murray with philthy and has since then been rummaging the piles for any thrown away by the ‘boys. most recently acquiring D. Moore off of waivers.

  10. youdrivemenutseagles says:
    Jan 2, 2017 11:34 AM

    He also “wanted to draft” Russell Wilson when he was in Philly. Bunch of bull.

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    Wrong. 2012 was Andy Reid’s last draft and year in Philly.

  11. youdrivemenuts eagles
    It would have been pretty hard for him to draft Russell Wilson considering Wilson was drafted in April of 2012 and he did not start coaching the wiggles until the 2013 season

  12. Chip said the same nonsense with Philly on his way out the door. He wanted ODB in the draft but was “shot down”

    Go back to college and get whoever you want.

  13. Maybe Prescott regresses next year and SF get the next all time great QB with their third round pick. Then it won’t look as bad.

    Nothing is guaranteed in the NFL.

    Aaron Rodgers – 1 SB, Vaunted Seattle defense – 1 SB. Patriots 6 straight byes from 2010-2015 and 1 SB.

  14. Dak is a product of a great offensive line, and an above average RB. He’d be disastrous with the 9ers.

  15. Maybe that’s true, but it doesn’t explain Kelley’s abysmal coaching of what talent the 49ers had this year. He underperformed Jim Tomsula. Just that let soak in a minute.

  16. Everyone in the media is now on the Dak and Zeke bandwagon. Before the season one writer expressed how many felt.

    No doubt, there’s been some risky moves (drafting pass rusher Randy Gregory in the second round of 2015), some head-scratching moves (drafting running back Ezekiel Elliott at No. 4 instead of cornerback Jalen Ramsey in ’16) and some terrible moves (signing Greg Hardy), but as a whole, the needle has been pointing up for the Joneses and the rest of the Cowboys’ personnel department.

    … Except in one area: Quarterbacks. How can the Cowboys be content with their passing trio of Tony Romo, Kellen Moore and rookie Dak Prescott (plus special teamer Jameill Showers)? From what the Cowboys have said in press conferences and on local Dallas radio recently, content is exactly what they seem to be, and the team hasn’t exactly been known to use a poker face.

  17. Although this is commonly exaggerated, Trent has an actual track record of fighting with coaches over draft picks. Happened with Singletary and Harbaugh so it’s reasonable to believe it now.

  18. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    Jan 2, 2017 11:53 AM

    youdrivemenuts eagles
    It would have been pretty hard for him to draft Russell Wilson considering Wilson was drafted in April of 2012 and he did not start coaching the wiggles until the 2013 season

    Great point! Hate clouds the mind.

  19. I wish the fans could get a look at the teams draft board at seasons end, along with the wants and denials of coach and gm, to see who really is making the wrong choices.

  20. Was he also going to draft Zeke and the cowboys oline? Dak on almost any other team would be a pedestrian starter at best.

  21. Most of us fans wanted Prescott also! I loved him at Miss St and thought he would be a great pick for us when our selection came up in the 3rd round. But loser Baalke took another ACL player in Will Redmond! Great move Baalke! So happy we won’t have to see his idiotic drafts anymore but this should have happened in 2014 instead of getting rid of Harbaugh. Apparently he never even consulted with coaches on players they liked. Shows you how much of an arrogant idiot he was.

    Good riddance loser!!!

  22. Don’t believe anything that comes from those two. Look where they’re at and how they got there.

  23. It’s crazy how this always happen. There’s always a “I wanted to [draft/sign/trade for] [insert player name], but…”

    For the most part, it’s all BS. Sure, every now and then, someone opines about missing out on a great player because they had needs in other areas. I can, at least, understand that.

    Hindsight is 20/20, but I’d like for someone to admit they were going to draft someone who didn’t work out. Imagine, years later, the Lions or Browns saying “whew. I had JaMarcus Russell on the top of our board. But the GM wouldn’t let us trade up with Oakland because he had concerns. So we had to “settle” for [Megatron/Joe Thomas]. Good thing, too. I was dumb.”

  24. shadywarrior says:

    All due respect to Prescott, and Zeke Elliott for that matter, but the Dallas OL is what makes it all work.
    =================================

    It was the same o-line last season when they won four games.

  25. gbatap says:
    Jan 2, 2017 12:24 PM
    Was he also going to draft Zeke and the cowboys oline? Dak on almost any other team would be a pedestrian starter at best.

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    Did you watch any of the Dallas games last year???

    I’m not saying that he would have looked as good somewhere else as he does in Dallas right now but he would still have been better than what you’re implying.

  26. If Chip Kelly doesn’t end up in college. It would be funny to see him replace McDaniels in New England. Since Belichick is supposedly a huge fan of Chip. It’s probably the only scenario where Kelly could salvage his pro coaching reputation.

  27. So Dak was drafted in the fourth round, pick 135 over all. The 49ers had four picks before then. I guess Jeff Driskel is the inability to get along constellation?

  28. @YOUDRIVEMENUTSEAGLES… Wilson was drafted when reid was still coach. The story with Kelly and the Eagles is Kelly wanted to draft Matthews in the first round but Howie took the hot garbage from Louisville. And that story is true.

  29. But they all agreed that Kaep is a starting QB and some sort of America hero to boot. I hope your firings go really well.

  30. Us Eagles fans are well-aware of Kelly’s personnel “skills.” People forget that what gave Lurie the impetus to fire Kelly was when Kelly did an interview and basically washed his hands of all personnel moves, saying he didn’t make the decisions when he certainly did. The NFL just isn’t for him, and he should just sit around until next year and take the best opening out there in college.

  31. holidlove says:
    Jan 2, 2017 12:36 PM
    It’s crazy how this always happen. There’s always a “I wanted to [draft/sign/trade for] [insert player name], but…”

    For the most part, it’s all BS. Sure, every now and then, someone opines about missing out on a great player because they had needs in other areas. I can, at least, understand that.

    Hindsight is 20/20, but I’d like for someone to admit they were going to draft someone who didn’t work out. Imagine, years later, the Lions or Browns saying “whew. I had JaMarcus Russell on the top of our board. But the GM wouldn’t let us trade up with Oakland because he had concerns. So we had to “settle” for [Megatron/Joe Thomas]. Good thing, too. I was dumb.”

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    Jerry Jones wanted to draft Johnny Football. So you do hear about it some times and when you do, you’re glad that someone is smart enough to intervene.

  32. Kelly isn’t the one coming out with this news, it’s “others” in the building, and it’s probably true. If you’re a guy who thinks for himself, and Kelly is, then you’re more likely to trust what you’re seeing on the tape. Prescott was awesome in college, and he was playing against the tough SEC competition. He was calm and cool, just like he is now. Prescott was very mobile, and they ran him a lot, so a lot of scouts listened to the flock that was calling him a running QB. But just like Steve Young was a running QB, Prescott showed all kinds of NFL ability as well. I’m sure Chip Kelly liked him. The only people that didn’t like Prescott, and there were plenty, were the ones who trust their ears more than they trust their eyes. That’s become an epidemic in the NFL. Kelly is not part of that flock. And yes, Belichick would hire Chip Kelly in a heartbeat.

  33. Question for the GM..any/every GM..

    “So, what would you say you do here?”

    GM , “Look I already told you. I deal with the GD’ draft so the coaches dont have to! WTH’s the matter with you people!?!

  34. Dak wouldn’t be “Dak” without that Dallas o-line, incredible run game and receivers like Dez and Witten though. You put him on the 49ers and he probably looks like an average rookie.

  35. @CrappyGoverment

    Get over your Tebow love man he is done. So weird how some of you wont let this guy go.

  36. Doesn’t matter now.. they are Gone. Now the 9ers need to hire a Good GM, Coach, let Kaepernick Go and Draft well to start to rebuild.

  37. It wouldn’t have mattered. If Prescott ends up in SF, he still doesn’t have anybody to block or catch the ball. If they’d even have played him as a rookie, he’d have gotten killed.

  38. The Dallas o-line also had a hand on Dak having Mississippi ranked no. 1 last year. The same Dallas o-line also helped Zeke brake all those records at Ohio St.

  39. This is all failed and fired management and coaching blaming each other because Prescott is a better quarterback and certainly a better man than Kaepernick ever will be.

  40. shadywarrior says: “All due respect to Prescott, and Zeke Elliott for that matter, but the Dallas OL is what makes it all work.”

    Well if that’s the case Mark Sanchez shouldn’t have stunk out the stadium yesterday.

  41. of course baalke shot down the idea of the niners drafting Prescott. baalke firmly believes that quarterbacks and wide receivers are highly overrated in the NFL. which is why he is now unemployed.

  42. With what their owner`s said about a split regarding offensive and defensive minds, I think there`s some legitimacy here. Baalke`s draft was defense heavy, with OL sprinkled in as a need. It looks like the picks at #68 and #133 are the contentious picks. With Baalke getting the corners he wanted, and Kelly having to wait until the 6th round, before getting Jeff Driskel at QB. Ironically, Dallas had Driskel higher than Dak on their draft board.

  43. I heard it all before. When a pick pans out it’s a Chip Kelly pick. When it’s a bust it was someone else. When he had control he drafted horribly. When he had control of free agents he was horrible. Keep him away from franchises if you care about winning.

  44. Prescott would have struggled behind the 49ers O-line. He ended up in the best place possible for himself. He should count his lucky stars that Chip wasn’t successful.

  45. All I have to say is that I’m sure happy for Dak that he didn’t end up with the 49ers, and the tire fire of the York’s ownership of the team.

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