Chip Kelly is always one to speak his mind and when the Philadelphia Eagles head coach was interviewed by Peter King for the Monday Morning QuarterBack today he had some very revealing things to say about the state of the NFL and explained something that happens which he really cannot stand; the sheer amount of hype that rookies get before playing a single down in professional.
The head coach has brought a great deal of excitement to the NFL and Eagles with the fast-paced offense he developed at the Oregon Ducks in college football and has worked to perfecting with the Eagles.
But despite he himself getting a lot of hype from the media and fans alike, Kelly says that he hates the amount of pressure and expectancy placed on the shoulders of rookies straight out of the draft.
"What’s the worst thing about the league? I said the draft," Kelly told the SI.com writer. I mean, the hype that goes into the draft is insane. Totally insane. The biggest thing for me is that everybody thinks whoever you drafted or whoever you signed is now gonna be a savior." Kelly added.
Kelly went on to mention that the reason he doesn't like it is because of the terrible things that those levels of pressure can do to a young man.
“I think the byproduct to the hype that bothers me, is that to some guys it’s overwhelming for them. The NFL has their Rookie Premiere and they’re out there getting all these pictures taken and they’re missing practice time to go out to California and they’re treated like gods, and I’m like, I don’t know if he’s going to start. That’s not fair."
Kelly has a point. Players are stars before they step foot on the field, throw a pass, or catch a ball. Johnny Manziel is one of the biggest names in the sport, probably the most talked about NFL player right now and we have absolutely zero idea what his career will look like or if he can adjust his game.
The age of technology and social media has created this world, and Kelly wants to get on the nearest plane out of it right now.