Eagles CEO says coach following Kelly needs people skills

Dec 30, 2015

How many changes are coming and what should owner Jeffrey Lurie say to fans? “As I watched this season unfold, I determined that it was time to make a change”.

Lurie told reporters he “knew what the pitfalls were” when the Eagles made the “bold choice” to hire Kelly, per Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com. A decision was reached in the afternoon.

“It was a clear and important decision that had to be made”, he said. The Eagles labeled Kelly’s dismissal a “release” in their official announcement.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport tweeted Tuesday that Murray, the team’s openly disgruntled running back, informed Lurie weeks ago that he had zero confidence in Kelly as a coach.

Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson, who was Kelly’s first draft pick, said his former coach was considered “unapproachable” by many players. Roseman will work with Tom Donahoe, the longtime National Football League executive whose title will be senior director of player personnel.

Lurie and the Eagles are now looking for a new head coach but there is now a problem. That same trio oversaw the coaching search in 2013, when Kelly replaced Andy Reid. “In fact, we’ve done it so rarely, we’ve really only had two coaches in the last 18 years”, Lurie said.

The release stated Lurie “released” Kelly, 26-21 (.553) in three seasons with the team, including 0-1 in the playoffs.

The Eagles won the NFC East at 10-6 in 2013, but missed the postseason at 10-6 in 2014 and then have spiraled to 6-9 this season. Kelly initially turned them down before reconsidering his decision.

It turns out players lost faith in his innovative approach and defenses caught up to his up-tempo offense. But it makes you wonder if the situation with Kelly could have been salvaged had there already been more communication and openness to ideas between the players and those in charge at the NovaCare Complex. He gave Kelly full control over personnel.

Per Conor Orr of NFL.com, Lurie noted that “the end result was mediocrity” during Kelly’s three-year tenure with the franchise.

Having watched Jeffrey Lurie’s press conference and read a variety of columns/articles about the firing of Chip Kelly, I can see why it would be hard to keep track of all the issues that led to it, from Kelly’s disastrous personnel decisions to his perceived arrogance/aloofness. In a very short amount of time, Chip Kelly cemented himself as a master of the college football game. “That was just kind of the first thing – I’m not taking any shots at anybody and obviously that quote has stood for 150-plus years now”.

Perhaps his best move was trading quarterback Nick Foles to the St. Louis Rams forSam Bradford. They were eliminated from playoff contention after losing to Washington at home Saturday night.

I argued that according to that logic, Ruben Amaro should have been offered the same amount of trust.

Still, Kelly sounded determined to return in 2015.

Lurie said the new coach needs to connect with players on a personal level and have “emotional intelligence”.

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