Chad Kelly: “I’ve made stupid mistakes in the past”

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Former Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly can’t run for scouts yet, but he is taking steps this week at the Senior Bowl.

Not only is the nephew of Hall of Famer Jim Kelly updating teams on the status of his surgically repaired knee, but he’s also getting out in front of the off-field issues he knows teams want to hear about.

Via Creg Stephenson of AL.com, Kelly is meeting with teams this week, and trying to be up front about the issues unrelated to the playing of football.

“They’re thinking they’re going to be taking a chance on me for sure,” Kelly said. “I’ve made stupid mistakes in the past, I can’t deny that. With that being said, I’ve learned from it. I’m not the same person I was a long time ago. All I can do is keep looking forward and make the right decisions, lead my team the best way I can on and off the field.”

About those stupid mistakes. Have a seat, this will take a second.

Kelly was thrown off the team at Clemson after a squabble with coaches in 2014. After spending a year in junior college and landing at Ole Miss, there was more.

He was arrested outside a Buffalo bar after threatening to “get my AK-47 and spray this place” after he was thrown out. He pleaded down to a misdemeanor for that one. He also had to be escorted off the field when a brawl broke out at his brother’s high school game.

“You’ve got to make sure you’re saying the right thing to every team, because they all speak to each other,” Kelly said. “You’ve got to be honest, of course. You’ve got to admit to what you did, and try to convince them that those mistakes, you’re not going to be making them again. The owner doesn’t want to hear about it, the G.M. doesn’t want to hear what you did, they want to know if you’ve learned from it, that you won’t make the same mistake twice.”

With all that stuff, the fact teams are still interested in him speaks to his talent. He’s probably going to fall in the draft largely because of the torn ACL in November that will keep him off the field for his rookie offseason program, but teams are still intrigued by his skills.

25 responses to “Chad Kelly: “I’ve made stupid mistakes in the past”

  1. In fairness, all he did was run onto the field to try to get them to stop playing, which is a very common occurrence in Buffalo.

  2. “They’re thinking they’re going to be taking a chance on me for sure,” Kelly said. “I’ve made stupid mistakes in the past, I can’t deny that. With that being said, I’ve learned from it. I’m not the same person I was a long time ago. All I can do is keep looking forward and make the right decisions, lead my team the best way I can on and off the field.”

    That’s the same thing every knucklehead says when they do stupid things. They weren’t mistakes, they were stupid though. He’s an idiot. The fact he continues to find himself in these predicaments is probably enough for most teams to take him off their draft boards. Any contract he get will be very team-friendly and probably have incentives to ensure he can behave himself. He’s probably only going to get one chance thanks to Johnny Goofball. Teams just aren’t going to put up with the headaches from someone with marginal talent.

  3. >> “Oh, I thought that said ‘Chip Kelly.’ Didn’t think he’d make that admission.” <<
    I laughed upon reading your comment. Before you think incorrectly, I laughed because you CAN read but not comprehend what you read. Word recognition matters most when reading and then sounding dumb.

  4. Sounds like a privileged kid due to his uncle but I dont know the full story behind either of these. Not that I condone people threatening to kill people but he was probably drunk and rightfully arrested. If he actually wants to change its up to him. Being a Kelly and QB is good but injured and checkered past is going to hurt.

  5. Kid is a head case. All of those incidents he refers to as “……a long time ago” occurred in the last 3 years. Hope my Bills dont draft him. There is better QB talent out there….

  6. My kid went to Clemson the same time Kelly did so I can tell you there’s a lot more red flags than what the media is aware of. They only know about what he was caught or the school reported. World-class tool. He has a lot of maturing yet to do. Stay away NFL teams. Far away.

  7. Johnny FF said the right things all the time, too. It isn’t so much about saying the things as it is about doing the things.

  8. Strictly as a player, his ceiling is Aaron Rodgers, his floor is Jay Cutler.

    Unfortunately both those guys are tools and so is Kelly. Big-time buyer beware on this kid and he better land in a strong locker room or he has no chance.

  9. I think Kelly may be the most NFL ready qb in this years draft. I watched him play 4 games at Ole Miss. He’s big, strong, has a great arm, can read a defense ( unlike so many running qb’s) and he’s mobile. He will probably drop in the draft because of his knee and his issues, but if he’s there in the 3rd or 4th I think he could be a steal. I’m hoping the Bills get him.

  10. Seriously, the Manziel / Kelly comparisons don’t wash. Manziel was NEVER physically equipped for the NFL while Kelly has everything needed as far as tools. Unfortunately (for Kelly), Johnny Goofball poisoned the well enough with his antics that teams are going to be looking at character a lot more closely and rightly so.

  11. Anyone that threatens to commit a mass shooting is someone to be avoided at all costs. At best, he has some of the worst judgment around.

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