After nearly a month of little or nothing coming from Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, he finally broke his silence on Thursday before the beginning of the first Eagles OTAs at the NovaCare Complex.
Before talk could turn to football and plans for the upcoming 2015 NFL season, Kelly was asked about the elephant in the room, namely the comments made by LeSean McCoy in which he kinda-sorta called Kelly a racist.
The comments were made when McCoy was being interviewed by ESPN Magazine’s Mike Rodak and was asked about the heavy turnover the roster had seen this past offseason.
“You told The Philadelphia Inquirer in April that Chip doesn’t ‘like or respect stars.’ What was the problem with you and Chip, and how did that relationship end?
The relationship was never really great. I feel like I always respected him as a coach. I think that’s the way he runs his team. He wants the full control. You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good black players. He got rid of them the fastest. That’s the truth. There’s a reason. … It’s hard to explain with him. But there’s a reason he got rid of all the black players — the good ones — like that.”
Kelly for his part seemed to know the question was coming and answered it pretty emphatically.
The fact Kelly tried to reach out to McCoy speaks volumes and hopefully it will finally put an end to the whole disturbing situation.
In addition to the McCoy issue, there was talk of actual football, including a number of bits of information that fans should find very interesting, including:
- Walter Thurmond has been moved to safety
- It looks like Nolan Carroll is going to be the starting cornerback
- All indications are that DeMeco Ryans has made a full recovery from his season-ending ruptured Achilles
- Everything is on schedule in terms of Sam Bradford‘s rehab from his second torn ACL in two years
- Mark Sanchez will have a chance to compete for the starting quarterback job
- Allen Barbre has moved from right guard to left guard
- The plan is to use Tim Tebow solely as a quarterback
- G.J. Kinne is working at becoming a wide receiver
Of all the news that came out of Kelly’s meeting with the media, the most interesting to me was that Sanchez will have a shot at the starting quarterback job.
It was thought that Bradford, who came to the Eagles in the trade that send Nick Foles to the St. Louis Rams, was going to be the starting QB and that was it. The fact he now has to compete for the job is a bit worrisome, especially considering what the team gave up to get Bradford in the first place.
Other than the considerbale amount of news Kelly shared with the media, the beginning of OTAs is significant because this is the first chance that everyone has to see what Kelly has been building this offseason. No more McCoy or Foles or Jeremy Maclin or Trent Cole or Todd Herremans. It’s a new team with a new style, and an Eagles roster almost entirely made up of “Chip Kelly guys”.
Is that a good thing? Time will tell.