Kelce – “Kelly easier to talk to than Reid”
So it was only a matter of time till Philadelphia Eagles players started comparing new head coach Chip Kelly to former coach Andy Reid. Offensive lineman Jason Kelce was on 97.5 the Fanatic with Brian Baldinger & Harry Mayes and talked about the first days of the Kelly era. The main thing Kelce talked about was the differences in personality between the two.
“With Andy it was more of… especially with me coming in later in his career after he’d built up such a reputation in Philly amongst the players in the locker room, it was kind of like there was an aura around him. You never wanted to be yourself around him. You always had to have this front up and you always had to be ‘Yes sir & yes maam” always on your Ps and Qs. He was a hard man to talk to and be loose around. It was always an uptight conversation whenever I had with him. Whereas with Chip, he’s much more, at this point at least, like one of the guys. He’s still the head coach and you still have respect for him, but he converses with everyone, strikes up conversations and is much more of a loose guy to be around than Andy was.” (97.5 the Fanatic)
In my opinion, Kelce’s comments are hardly a surprise. Andy had complete control of that organization and whatever he wanted you did. It didn’t sound like there was much room for compromise, it was Andy’s way. With a coach like that it’s not easy for people to come talk to him, especially if they weren’t the guys he was close too.
That’s one of the reasons I loved the hire of Kelly for this team. He’s the complete opposite of Andy in almost every way and in the most important way, personality. He’s going to be the perfect fit for the young guys.
Now that Kelce’s let the cat out of the bag, whose the next player to compare the two?