Like much of the NFL, Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall was caught off guard Tuesday night when he heard that the Eagles had fired head coach Chip Kelly with one game remaining in the regular season.
Hall was so surprised, in fact, he had to double check what he was reading on his phone.
“I was a little surprised,” the 12th year veteran said. “Somebody sent me a little screenshot picture [of the Eagles’ announcement]. I thought it was a hoax. I didn’t think it was real. I actually texted another group and was like, ‘Hey, Is this real? Or is somebody messing with me?’”
Hall, who faced Kelly’s offense four times over three seasons, went on to say that he respects Kelly’s ability as a coach but he also wonders about some of his personnel decisions.
“I think the guy can definitely coach,” Hall said. “I think he’ll be a coach in this league soon, or in college if he wants to.”
Hall added: “It’s different from coaching 18 to 22-year-old vs. coaching grown men that probably a lot of them make more than you. There’s a different mindset that has to go into coaching those guys. You kinda have to let men be men. In college you kinda mold them boys into men. When you get to the NFL, you pretty much got men on your roster. You look for the guys in the locker room to kinda help coach them up and help mature them, as opposed to coaches really riding them or doing whatever he was doing up in Philadelphia. I don’t know. I wasn’t up there. I just heard the stories.”
Hall also said Kelly’s decision to part ways with a number of star players might be felt in Philadelphia for years to come. Among the players who departed under Kelly include DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin.
“It was definitely a shocker to me,” Hall said. “You give a guy that much power, and then just fire him. I think they’re going to be behind for a couple years just because of the personnel decisions they made and some things like that. They got rid of some real good football players. And so we’ll see what happens there the next couple of years, see what coach they bring in there. But it’s going to be interesting.”
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