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Author: Jon Kuzma
For those who aren’t familiar with Chip Kelly’s departure from the Philadelphia Eagles, it can be summed up by stating the coach was overbearing and bad at managing professional talent. Kelly shipped off several of the Eagles key players believing that his coaching brilliance could mask the lack of talent. That ultimately led to the Eagles struggling in Kelly’s final season in Philly and his eventual departure from the team. Now that the 49ers have signed Kelly as their new Head Football Coach, it appears Chip Kelly is back to his old ways. Kelly is apparently shopping 3 time Pro Bowl safety Antoine Bethea and and offensive tackle Anthony Davis. While maybe these are the moves that the team needs to move forward? It’s hard for football fans not to question Kelly’s decision making when dealing talent due to his past mishaps. Chip Kelly seems to have a knack for shipping off talented players and not getting much in return for them. Maybe Kelly’s thinking is the team is better off with the cap space that they achieve from these moves? Maybe he believes the team is better off building his vision of a successful football team through the draft? Regardless one thing is apparent with his continuous course of action. It doesn’t work, and Kelly would be much better suited retaining talent oppose to shipping it out the door. In the NFL you get the top by building around a core group of guys and by constantly adding to that core. Kelly is creating problems for himself by causing such a high turnover within the teams he coaches. You would think that Kelly learned from coming up short at his last gig. However this is Chip Kelly we’re talking about. The guy is clearly more than a little bit egotistical and he has proven that time and time again. It’s Kelly’s way or the highway with everything he does and that doesn’t seem to bode well for his success in the National Football League. Keep an eye on the 49ers this year because we might see the same pattern that we seen in Philadelphia. That is pro players not buying into Kelly’s schemes and philosophies and the alienating of talent. We wish coach Kelly the best, but sooner or later he has to take a hint. Coaching is a two way street and you have to respect the players as individuals with their own beliefs and feelings. Until he can do that, Kelly’s struggles will continue.
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