In the end, the Chip Kelly experiment will go down as a failure.
Whilst the former Oregon supremo did manage two 10-win seasons during his time with the Philadelphia Eagles, nothing was ever quite right - with headlines seemingly always around the corner.
However, Kelly has finally come out and spoken about his firing, through a statement released last night.
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Unfortunately, the statement was pretty cookie cutter; Kelly thanked ownership, discussed his relationship with his players and wished all involved well.
“I’m grateful to Jeffrey Lurie for allowing me to coach his Philadelphia Eagles for the past three seasons,” the statement said.
Kelly then went on to add that he was upset he couldn't bring a Championship to the Eagles, and that he will miss his players - who almost certainly will not feel the same way about the near-megalomaniacal coach.
“I deeply regret that we did not bring this great city and its fans the championship they deserve. I was blessed to work with a gifted and hard-working coaching staff every day, and they will succeed wherever they go."
"Finally, my players mean the world to me. I will miss them very much and I will be rooting for them to achieve their dreams. Life is all about responding to challenges and seizing opportunities.”
Kelly successfully managed to get full control of team personnel decisions and it cost him his job. He went from being an exciting and inventive coach to a sort of Bill Belichick-style overlord except lacking all the skills of the Patriots head coach.
Demanding full control is a slippery slope for the best of coaches and proved too much for a man with just two years experience in the league.
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