Chip Kelly on Eagles winning Super Bowl: That’s awesome

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One of the familiar storylines of the Eagles’ run to a Super Bowl title was the job that executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman did to overhaul the roster put together by Chip Kelly during his run as the team’s coach and de facto General Manager.

There weren’t too many positive things said about other aspects of Kelly’s time in Philadelphia either. His relationships with players and others in the organization led team owner Jeffrey Lurie to talk about his search for a coach with “emotional intelligence” and the Kelly era was generally treated as a dark one.

That didn’t stop Kelly, who is now the coach at UCLA, from enjoying what the team accomplished. Kelly told Les Bowen of Philly.com that he’s “really happy for them” and especially happy for Nick Foles, who starred at quarterback for Kelly in 2013 before his career went off track for a few years.

“Credit to Nick, because he’d been through so much,” Kelly said. “The cool part is, I think you knew on the first series just how calm, cool, and collected he was; the moment was not too big. He’s a special person, in so many ways. For him to finally win something like that is awesome. … It was just vintage Nick Foles. Kind of stayed in the moment and played football. There’s not a better person that I’ve had an opportunity to spend time with than Nick … It was a special year for him, a special year for that team, and a special year for the city. That’s awesome.”

Another former Eagles coach weighed in on the team’s success this week and Andy Reid had pretty much the same reaction to Philadelphia finally getting the Lombardi Trophy that’s eluded him throughout his career as a head coach.

30 responses to “Chip Kelly on Eagles winning Super Bowl: That’s awesome

  1. Chip is better at revisionist history than coaching in the NFL, apparently. All that praise for Nick Foles, yet he had no problem sending Foles and a second round pick to the Rams for Sam Bradford…

  2. tbh chip deserves as much credit as any one for the eagles super bowl win, accept for maybe mr lurie. they honestly need 2 give him a super bowl ring. maybe take one from one of the grounds crew or special teams guys if they didnt make enough. he earned it.

  3. Chip Kelly took an Andy Reid 4-12 team and turned it around to two straight 10-6 seasons before going 6-9 and getting fired.

    Only the media and Kelly-haters think this was a “dark” era of Eagles to go 26-21 (.553).

  4. Kelly got rid of a couple of guys that were really hurting team chemistry. Without Kelly, the Eagles don’t win the super bowl. Don’t think those moves went unnoticed by Andy Reid, as we just recently saw him ship one of those guys out of his own locker room. I guarantee you Chip Kelly is happy to see the Eagles complete the job he started. Kelly had a ton of success in Philly before the power struggle took away the momentum. I’m no Chip Kelly fan, but it is what it is. I actually love Howie Roseman. He was smart to bring in Joe Douglas, and Mr. Lurie deserves a lot of credit too. This was one case where too many chefs didn’t spoil the broth.

  5. Why are we even asking these coaches these questions. What do you expect them to say: “they fired me and I am still bitter… I wished they would never win another game again?”

    I just don’t understand the point in asking a question that really has only one way to respond.

  6. akira554 says:
    Only the media and Kelly-haters think this was a “dark” era of Eagles to go 26-21 (.553).

    He cut Jackson, traded McCoy for Alonzo gave Murray a boatload of $ to replace him, traded Foles (and a second round pick) for the always injured Bradford and didn’t attempt to re sign Maclin.
    And he was a jerk with a gimmicky offense tha the league figured out.
    Not only a dark era, it was pitch black.

  7. The only way Chip Kelly is at all responsible for this SB is because he did such a great job at tearing this team down so quickly and being a robot that it forced Lurie to get rid of him sooner, and hire a HC who was the complete opposite, who turned out to be the perfect choice and I think Howie learned a lot from his timeout as well. It was because how bad Kelly was that helped this team turn it around so quickly and win a SB. So thank you Chip Kelly for being this ownerships and GMs wakeup call.

  8. @realtruthteller102 says:

    tbh chip deserves as much credit as any one for the eagles super bowl win, accept for maybe mr lurie. they honestly need 2 give him a super bowl ring. maybe take one from one of the grounds crew or special teams guys if they didnt make enough. he earned it.
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    R U CRAZEE!!! A fired coach deserves a SB ring? I deserve a ring for having endured the pain of being an Eagles fan for the past 50+ years. However, I will gladly buy a SB t-shirt and let the grounds crew keep their rings.

  9. I’m really surprised to see how many people think Kelly deserves some credit for this Superbowl. I’m not a fan at all, but from my purview Kelly jacked everything so bad that they had to revamp his revamp. I guess you could give him credit for messing up so badly that the Eagles had to comprehensively right the ship.

  10. Would any other coach had the balls to trade Shady and would the Eagles have won a super bowl with shady?

  11. meh. what’s this guy gonna say? he’s lucky he got a gig in college where he always belonged.

  12. akira554 says:

    March 2, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Chip Kelly took an Andy Reid 4-12 team and turned it around to two straight 10-6 seasons before going 6-9 and getting fired.

    Only the media and Kelly-haters think this was a “dark” era of Eagles to go 26-21 (.553).
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    Chip was only 0-1 in the playoffs. you have to go 0-3 like Buddy before Eagles fans love you.

  13. Chip in Jeff Fisher voice: “I hope I get some credit too. If I didn’t mess up the roster so bad that it needed an overhaul, the Eagles wouldn’t be where they are now and won a Super Bowl.”

  14. “tbh chip deserves as much credit as any one for the eagles super bowl win”
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    What is it with Philly fans and their love for guys who were bound and determined to ruin their franchises? The Eagles had to undo basically every single move Kelly made. And there are still tons of Sixer fans who think Hinkie deserved more time.

  15. Nice to hear Kelly’s comments, he certainly had to swallow his pride a bit to pull it off. I don’t consider the Kelly era as “dark” though there were definitely dark moments. I blame Lurie’s lack of foresight. You don’t give a first time college coach that kind of control that early. The rest was Kelly’s fault. Period. If you don’t adapt in the NFL: scheme, play calling, relating to players; you die, and that was Kelly’s downfall.

    If Kelly deserves any SB credit, it’s in the form of the wake up call that sparked the changes necessary for the Eagles to become WORLD CHAMPS (God, I love saying that!)

  16. Yes, Chip Kelly took over a 4-12 Andy Reid team, however the team was VERY talented with an elite offensive line and highly skilled players in their prime such as Djax, Maclin, McCoy. The team was 4-12 the prior season much in part to their injuries. Yes Chip Kelly went 10-6, but that was based of the talent that was left by Reid. By Chip Kelly’s 3rd year he dismantled that team getting rid of Foles, McCoy, Maclin, and DJAX for basically nothing. When Chip got his guys the result was a 6-10 team that QUIT on him. Not only that but Chip couldn’t get along with anyone in the organization and the players despised him. It is a miracle the Howie was able to put a superbowl champ together in 2 years when Chip left him with a team with no cap space, no QB, and no future.

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    akira554 says:

    March 2, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Chip Kelly took an Andy Reid 4-12 team and turned it around to two straight 10-6 seasons before going 6-9 and getting fired.

    Only the media and Kelly-haters think this was a “dark” era of Eagles to go 26-21 (.553).

  17. Ha ha! When Andy Reid was happy for the Eagles I believed it. I don’t believe that Chip Kelly is happy for the Eagles. Of course, Chip has never won a championship on any level and I don’t for a minute think he is happy that the guy he got fired for won a championship in his 2nd season as a head coach!

  18. And need I remind everyone that Chip Kelly traded Nick Foles after an injury shortened 2014 season for Sam Bradford of all people. And, he clearly never warmed to Nick even during his amazing 2013 season because there were always hints from Kelly that Michael Vick would return to start after he recovered from injury. The way Kelly treated Foles, Jackson, and McCoy was horrid and the reason he got fired.

  19. As an an avid Eagles fan, I’m surprised that Chip Kelly still has his fanboy brigade amongst Eagles fans. Ya know, the ones that agreed with the Chipster that time of possession was a meaningless stat and that the best defense was a good offense. Sad.

  20. Enough of the “Chip Kelly took a 4-12 Andy Reid team.” Andy Reid is the winningest coach in Eagles history. Chip Kelly can’t compare. Reid’s son died during training camp on that horrid 4-12 season so you can forgive him for mailing it in and being distracted. Eagles fans that praise Kelly and diss Reid are strange thinkers.

  21. jph_gsg says:

    Chip is better at revisionist history than coaching in the NFL, apparently. All that praise for Nick Foles, yet he had no problem sending Foles and a second round pick to the Rams for Sam Bradford…
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    Well it’s not like he’s keeping the starting job now even after winning the SB MVP.

  22. Unlike others, I still think Kelly had the potential to be a very good coach. Unfortunately, he didn’t want to just be the coach, he wanted to control every aspect of the program. I’m not sure anyone can do that, let alone a guy that hasn’t earned that sort of cache with players in the league yet

    if he could of kept to coaching, and let the front office guys do front office things, he would of been much better off (not to mention slowing his offense down in certain situations)

    All that being said, as an Eagles fan, I’m thrilled with how things worked out

  23. Andy Reid is a fine coach and a good man but everybody eventually runs out of gas and he did in Philadelphia and it looks like his message is getting stale in KC.
    Andy’s downfall, and Chip’s, was not all coaching but mostly their personnel decisions when they asked for the authority. I think Andy is happier just coaching. Chip on the other hand wants to make every decision all the time. Its been done successfully by a few but it usually doesn’t end well.

  24. I get what people are saying and its true… if NOT for CHIP, the eagles never win that SB! And it’s so true. It was all part of the path, the journey to the pinnacle of pro football!!

    Agree, Kelly answered with class!

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