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Chip Kelly’s insistence on personnel control was his undoing

Chip Kelly


Chip Kelly proved at Oregon that he’s a good football coach. And he proved in Philadelphia that he’s a bad personnel evaluator.

After three seasons of increasingly poor results, the Eagles have fired Kelly today, and it’s no surprise that only one person was fired with him: Ed Marynowitz, who was vice president of player personnel and an ally of Kelly’s within the building. When Kelly insisted on -- and was granted -- full personnel control this offseason, it was Marynowitz who was anointed Kelly’s No. 2.

Kelly and Marynowitz were primarily responsible for the personnel decisions the Eagles made this offseason, and those decisions were disasters. Sam Bradford, acquired in a trade that cost the Eagles their 2016 second-round pick, has been a disappointment at quarterback. DeMarco Murray, acquired in a big free agent signing, looked like a terrible fit in Kelly’s offense. Nelson Agholor, the first-round draft pick, was a downgrade at wide receiver.

As it turned out, Kelly simply doesn’t know how to run an NFL personnel department. He has no experience dealing with scouting, or with the draft, or with the salary cap. He may know his own offensive system, but he lacks the skill set to scout other players and determine whether they’ll fit in his system.

And so Kelly is done in Philadelphia, but not done as a head coach. He’ll land on his feet somewhere, maybe in college or maybe in the NFL. He just won’t get another opportunity for full personnel control. He’s already shown he’s a failure at that job.