Chip Kelly’s final year in Philly couldn’t have gone much worse.
He took over personnel moves, overhauled the roster and watched the Eagles plummet in a weak NFC East. And now he’s not taking responsibility for his actions after getting fired and landing with the San Francisco 49ers.
“We met after the season and discussed what was going on. It ultimately was his decision,” Kelly said on team owner Jeffrey Lurie, per NJ.com. “But I didn’t ask for anything…I would have been content to just go hire a general manager.”
Instead, Kelly tossed the blame on Lurie when it came to the awful contracts handed out — $103 million in total to just DeMarco Murray and Byron Maxwell:
“I’ve never negotiated a contract in my life. I have nothing to do with any contracts. … We evaluated the players, said we wanted them, and then when the contracts came out, the contracts came out. … We never told him to get (them) at any cost. We told them who we liked, and who the good players are.”
Spoiler alert: those players Kelly wanted didn’t turn out to be very good, and he overpaid.
Without much control in San Francisco, we’ll see what Kelly, strictly the head coach, can do.