Chip Kelly consulted Tony Dungy
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly decided to lean on a higher source when it came to Riley Cooper and what to do. No, the higher source wasn’t God it was former NFL coach Tony Dungy. Not a bad person to talk to considering he helped Chip through the LeGarrette Blount situation. Even more important that Dungy has served as Michael Vick’s mentor since he got out of jail.
And over the weekend, Kelly reached out to Dungy again, asking him for his thoughts on the Cooper case.
“I told him to trust his instincts,’’ Dungy said Sunday night, reached in Canton before working the Dallas-Miami preseason game for NBC. “He can use this as a teaching moment, and his decision could pull this team together.’’
Three years ago, Dungy recalled Sunday night, “Chip could have kicked Blount to the curb. He chose to believe in him. And it worked out. With Riley Cooper, this kid made a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes. The big issue, too, is the alcohol. That has to be dealt with. But Chip will make the right decision. He doesn’t care what the popular opinion. He cares about what’s right.’’ (Peter King MMQB)
My guess is that Chip is hoping that this works out a lot like the Blount situation did. Trust the kid, get him the help he needs and hope that his teammates can forgive. He’s probably also hoping that having Vick and Dungy on his side will help teammates forgive enough to move forward.