NFL Notes: Chip Kelly, Eagles, Lions, & Texans

Chip Kelly

Here are some notes from Eagles’ owner Jeffrey Lurie’s press conference on Tuesday regarding their decision to fire Chip Kelly. 

  • Lurie called the firing Kelly “a clear and important decision that had to be made.” (Jason La Canfora)
  • Lurie did say that he “looks forward to watching Chip succeed wherever he goes because I think he will.” (Mike Garafolo)
  • Kelly wasn’t offered a chance to stay without personnel power, according to Lurie. (Mike Garafolo)
  • Lurie told reports: “the end result (of empowering kelly a year ago) was mediocrity … that was the danger when you take a risk.” (Jason La Canfora)
  • The decision to fire Kelly on Tuesday allows him to meet with Eagles players and research what leadership is needed moving forward. (Albert Breer)
  • Lurie explained that issues between Kelly and players was “one of many factors” in the decision to part ways with him on Tuesday. (Jason La Canfora)
  • Lurie did say that he doesn’t think Kelly ultimately lost the locker room. (Albert Breer)
  • Lurie confirmed that Howie Roseman remains executive VP of football operations. and will make sure personnel department “is as good as it gets.” (Jason La Canfora)
  • Lurie said that: “DeMarco had zero to do with (the firing)” and added that he talks to players on the plane all the time and gets input from them all year. (Mike Garafolo)
  • According to Lurie: “I wanted to make Chip accountable for everything he wanted to happen. … That is what he insisted on.” (Mike Garafolo)
  • Lurie didn’t rule out anything in regards to their coaching search, adding that they’re still open to looking at college coaches as well as NFL coordinators. (Albert Breer)


  • Ian Rapoport reports that the Eagles’ brain trust, including Howie Roseman, have spent Wednesday morning researching coaching candidates and making calls to get a headstart in the process of finding their next head coach.
  • Jason La Canfora mentions that in the event the Colts make sweeping changes, GM Ryan Grigson is still “very highly thought of by Eagles brass in evaluating capacity.
  • La Canfora could see Bears OC Adam Gase topping the Eagles’ wish list of head-coaching candidates.


  • Lions WR Calvin Johnson said if he had a vote he’d want Jim Caldwell to stay as the team’s head coach. (Tim Twentyman)
  • Johnson added that Caldwell is one of his favorite coaches he’s ever had. (Tim Twentyman)
  • Lions promoted C Braxton Cave to their active roster. (Tim Twentyman)



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