Former Eagle: Players ‘almost universally despised’ Chip Kelly
The fallout of the sudden and arguably surprising dismissal of Chip Kelly continues with a former Philadelphia Eagles player saying that the locker room nearly to a player “almost universally despised” the third-year coach.
The former Eagles player spoke on the condition of anonymity when discussing how details emerging from behind-the-scenes provided ample evidence that Kelly had little to no support of his players.
“I know there were reports that Chip lost the locker room this season,” the ex-Eagles player said, via NJ.com. “I can tell you, he never had the support of the team this year. It was a toxic situation from the moment I arrived. Those guys in that locker room almost universally despised him.”
After consecutive 10-6 seasons and confidence running high heading into the 2015 campaign, things unraveled quickly for Kelly. Much of the blame for the disappointing season was placed squarely upon Kelly, especially given he was granted much more control over team personnel.
Roster moves that backfired included the decision to jettison of LeSean McCoy and sign DeMarco Murray, as well as the trade that shipped out Nick Foles in exchange for Sam Bradford. Both proved disappointing at best, utter disasters at worst.
The fact that Murray openly discussed his frustration with his role in Kelly’s offense with team owner Jeffrey Lurie certainly signified a possible player mutiny, as did how left tackle Jason Peters “tapped out” of a game against the Washington Redskins, a decision that led many to believe the Pro Bowler didn’t want to risk injury on a team headed nowhere.
Peters apparently wasn’t the only one who lacked faith in Kelly, either, so says the former player.
“There are veteran offensive linemen on that team that spoke openly about only wanting to play out their contracts,” the ex-player said. “Just so they could get away from Chip Kelly.”