DISRESPECT wasn’t my intention three days ago when I referred to Chip Kelly as having received a “promotion”. Putting the word ‘promotion’ in quotation marks wasn’t a shot at Kelly. I was driving home my point. I told you in a couple days I’d explain why I did it, and that you’d agree with why I did it.
And now I owe you an explanation.
While Kelly will oversee blahblahblah, and people will report directly to him over blahblahblah, I think it’s extremely important to take an ACTUAL look at the Eagles Front Office and where Chip Kelly fits in it:
Did you notice the name that was missing? Seems that Kelly isn’t part of the Front Office at all. That’s no big deal until you realize that many Eagles fans think he’s not just part of the F.O., but that he’s a powerful figure in it. In reality (as you can see) he has no executive power at all, but publicly he’s in the crosshairs for all of the blame. That’s why I called it a “promotion”.
When this move was announced, I looked to see where Kelly’s name was in the pecking order, but it didn’t appear anywhere. Over the weekend the Eagles organization hadn’t updated Howie Roseman’s promotion either, so I figured it would illustrate my point better if I waited and let the organization make my point for me. And they did.
You know, when Andy Reid had “final say”, Jeff Lurie had actually made him the Executive Vice President of Football Operations. Chip Kelly on the other hand, is still just the Head Coach. Only now he has more public responsibility, but no actual authority to do anything that he wasn’t already doing the day the season ended. And it’s right up there on the that chart put out by the Eagles.