By Mary Cunningham

Everybody on a bar stool has an opinion on fired Eagles coach Chip Kelly and why he was shit-canned last Dec. 29, even before the 2015 season.

But Birds’ defensive end Brandon Graham has a perhaps more informed view.

Graham was one of the players that suffered from being used out of position. He never complained, rather he just keep working to get better at this new position which was a rush outside linebacker.

Graham was asked on “Breakfast on Broad” to give his take on what went led to Kelly’s demise.

“It was all of the crazy stuff that happened,” Graham said. “You have Maclin, you have McCoy, you have D-Jax all gone. I think that is what hurt. Those guys, I mean yeah, there are guys that you have to deal with. It comes with the territory.”

It seemed like Kelly was not able to deal with some of the outspoken or brash personalities that he inherited and got rid of them. Seeing the team bleed out talent the way the Eagles did was disheartening to the players.

“Some people, they are really good and sometimes they want to let you know how good they are.” Graham explained. “They were good guys. When those guys left, it was hurtful. They were friends. I am not going to say they gave up. A lot of people felt some type of way.”

The atmosphere around the NovaCare Complex was tense when it was under Kelly’s reign. Graham said he wanted to be able to have more conversations with his head coach in the beginning.

As time went on, Graham began to adjust better to his role in the 3-4 defense and his play improved. According to Graham, the conversations with Kelly began to occur once he played better.

Kelly has now moved on to the San Francisco while Doug Pederson has taken over the Eagles. One of the things that are noticeable right away is how much different things are at the facility now.

Graham pointed out some of the differences that he sees and is ready to the results on the field.

“Coach Pederson is taking an active role and making sure he speaks to everybody,” Graham explained. “All I want to be able to do communicate with my head coach, say hello, have side conversations.

“Now everything is laid back. Everybody is talking to everybody. Everybody is excited to get to the season and show what we have been working on.”

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