Adam Schefter denies saying Chip Kelly’s days in Philly are numbered
Adam Schefter created a firestorm Tuesday when he indicated that “signs” point toward Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles organization parting ways at season’s end. On Wednesday, Schefter denied saying that Kelly’s days in Philly were nearing an end.
Appearing on Philadelphia’s 97.5 The Fanatic, the ESPN NFL Insider clarified comments he made regarding Kelly’s future during a Tuesday appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
“I was completely taken aback by the way that was portrayed,” Schefter said. “I never said his days in Philadelphia are numbered. I never said he’s out after this year. I think there’s a question as to whether or not Chip will be back next year. Is that an unfair statement? That’s my belief talking to various people, and we’ll see how it plays out.”
Schefter noted during his Wednesday radio appearance that his phone blew up with requests for interviews following his original comments, which were in part as follows:
“The momentum and signs seem to be piling up against a Chip Kelly return to Philadelphia,” he said Tuesday. “I think both sides are sick of each other.”
Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson also expressed doubts about Kelly’s return next season during a Tuesday radio interview.
“You know, I really don’t know about that. It’s tough to say,” he said.
From the outside, Kelly certainly seems to be losing the locker room and was extremely testy with the media Monday in the wake of the Eagles getting throttled Sunday in a 45-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Still, despite the Eagles obviously suffering through a tough season and sitting at a disappointing 4-6, the team nevertheless remains in the hunt for a division title in the sub-par NFC East. How the season progresses from this point will likely go a long way in determining whether Kelly will be back, one way or another.