As the fallout from Chip Kelly's dismissal as Philadelphia Eagles head coach continues, the overwhelming consensus seems to be that the former Oregon man deserved the chop and the whole thing was a failed experiment.
That isn't the opinion shared by everyone, however. Specifically, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick who is known for going against the grain.
In comments made to the media today regarding Kelly's firing, the four-time time Super Bowl winner offered a different perspective.
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"I'd say it's really disappointing. Chip Kelly, to me, is a really good football coach. He does a great job, he's done a good job with that team," said Belichick in response to a question that hadn't even specifically mentioned his friend and fellow coach.
"It's disappointing to see, or with Josh (McDaniels) in Denver, or there are lot of examples. Pretty much everyone is on a one-year contract in this league."
Belichick, of course, has earned the right to stay out of the head coach carousel that comes around every 12 months. And he clearly feels Kelly is just the latest victim of a growing trend that sees coaches fired before they've even had a chance to fully implement their philosophy:
"I don't know how you build a program in one year," he said. "Chip's a great coach, he'll end up somewhere. He'll do a great job there."
In one final show of support for his old pal, Belichick turned the focus upon the players that Kelly has had at his disposal over the past three years:
"I'd say a lot of the players that were on the Eagles that are no longer on the Eagles aren't really doing too much for anybody else either."
DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin may disagree, but there are plenty of former Eagles (Evan Mathis, Bradley Fletcher, Trent Cole) who have endured as torrid a season as Kelly away from Philadelphia.