Less than one full season after giving Chip Kelly complete control of the organization, the Philadelphia Eagles dismissed their mad-scientist coach, firing Kelly on Tuesday after going 6-9 in a year in which many expected Philadelphia to, at the very least, win the NFC East.
Was this the right move for the Eagles?
“Yes,” Marshall Faulk said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “And I believe, based on the information that we were given, Jeffrey Lurie had asked Chip about giving back some of the power as far as general management and Chip balked at it. And with that bark, Jeffrey Lurie bit him and told him, ‘Then you have to go.’ That’s just how it is. I believe Chip Kelly the coach, there was a chance for him to turn that around. But Chip Kelly the general manager – it’s one thing if you go out and get a player and you put him on the team and the coach don’t use him. It’s another thing when you’re the guy who go out and gets DeMarco Murray and you don’t use him or he doesn’t fit. You’re just showing bad general-managing skills.”
There have been reports that Kelly did not relate to his players, that they didn’t trust him, that there was a sense of detachment in the locker room. Former players such as Brandon Boykin, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson all spoke out against Kelly, saying how hard he was to play for.
At the time, it was easy to take those grievances with a grain of salt. But now? Now it’s not quite as easy.
“People said stuff about Chip after they left, and we kind of discounted it because we felt like they were upset – because a lot of it was after they left,” Faulk said. “And about a month ago, I said, I understand what people are saying, but usually when people say stuff about a guy, somebody – a player, a coach, somebody – comes to bat for him and says, ‘He’s not like that. He’s a good guy.’ Nobody did that for Chip. Nobody vouched for his character, his person. Nobody. That just surprises me. I was surprised. I believe all of us, the three of us on this line, if somebody starts to talk bad about our character, we have people in our corner who know us better that’s going to vouch for us. Not one player that he coached at Oregon got on the radio and said, ‘No, Chip was like a father figure to me’ or ‘He did this for me.’ That just surprised me.”