By Sam Bush
Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold.
And in ex-Eagle guard Evan Mathis’ case, it is served while he is wearing a Super Bowl ring, thanks to his role in the Denver Broncos’ victory over the Carolina Panthers 16 days ago.
Mathis was cut by the Eagles last March, and he has waited this long to go on the record about what he thinks of fired Eagles coach Chip Kelly.
He opened yesterday to USA Today.
Before Mathis encountered his decision between the Miami Dolphins and Broncos, he first needed Kelly to release him from his Eagles contract. Kelly was not willing to rework Mathis’ contract, as the previous Eagles’ regime had.
Most players would use their agent to handle such a task. Mathis directly texted Kelly with a YouTube video of Engelbert Humperdink singing, “Please release me, let me go. …’’
Mathis thinks Kelly is not the type of coach who could have handled the 2015 Broncos’ contingent of outsized characters.
“There were many things that Chip had done that showed me he wasn’t building a championship team,” Mathis wrote in his e-mail to Denver’s 9NEWS. “Two of the main issues that concerned me were: 1. A never-evolving, vanilla offense that forced our own defense to play higher than normal play counts. 2. His impatience with certain personality types even when they were blue-chip talents. The Broncos team I was on would have eaten Chip alive. I don’t think he could have handled the plethora of large personalities.”