CHIP KELLY: EAGLES’ LURIE OFFERED POWER, I NEVER ASKED FOR IT

By Lewis Gould

Yesterday was blabbermouth day at the NFL meetings in Boca Raton, and dumb-ass Eagles owner Jeff Lurie offended every Eagles fan when he said that the Chip Kelly experiment only costed time and not money.

Of course, Eagles Nation would beg to differ since Lurie didn’t lose any money and the fans lost three years!

So, Chipper, now that you’re in San Francisco after having been fired last Dec. 29 by trust funder Lurie, what’s your side of the story?

Speaking for the first time with the Philly media since being fired, Kelly made it clear that he knows he was fired because he didn’t win enough games.

“I was surprised,” Kelly said. “We had spent the whole day game planning and at practice. Not something we saw coming.”

Without mentioning him by name, Kelly said he wasn’t happy with the way the front office was being run with Howie Boy Roseman involved, and his concern grew once Tom Gamble was fired last offseason.

“I didn’t like the direction it was heading,” Kelly said. “I didn’t think we were on the same page.”

Kelly said he expressed his concern to owner Jeffrey Lurie last offseason, who then decided to give the head coach full control of the personnel department.

“We met after the season and discussed what was going on. It ultimately was his decision,” Kelly said. “But I didn’t ask for anything; I would have been content to just go hire a general manager.”

Roseman, however, remained in control of the team’s cap, and was responsible for writing the contracts handed out to players.

“I have never negotiated a contract in my life,” Kelly said. “I had nothing to do with any contract.”

During this past season, Kelly said he hardly communicated with Roseman.

When asked if the person in charge of personnel should be in communication with the person controlling the cap, Kelly agreed.

“Yeah, you would think,” Kelly said. “(But) it wasn’t set up that way.”

With Kelly running the personnel department, however, the team went 7-9 last season and missed the playoffs. His decisions to being in Sam Bradford, Byron Maxwell and DeMarco Murray all backfired, three big decisions that made many question if he was capable of running a personnel department.

Now with the 49ers, Kelly raved about how the front office works in San Francisco, and made it clear that he trusts the talent evaluations of general manager Trent Baalke and Gamble, who is also now in San Francisco after being fired by the Eagles.

“Whenever you are working with anybody, (trust) is a huge component in terms of how things work on a daily basis,” Kelly said of Baalke. “He has a proven track record. It isn’t trust without evidence. There is a ton of evidence of him being able to put together a really good football team.”

Kelly was fired by the team Dec. 29, 2015, just one week before the end of the 2016 season. He finished his time with the Eagles with 26 wins in three seasons, including one division title.

The team has since hired Doug Pederson to replace Kelly, and Roseman is back in control of the personnel department.

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