It's no secret that Chip Kelly isn't a popular man in Philadelphia right now. The Eagles are 4-6 after two straight disappointing home losses. Questions are being raised about Kelly's future with the team. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter added more fuel to the fire on Tuesday in an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Here's the transcript:
Q: I sat with a guy last week who swore that Chip Kelly is leaving. I’m not buying it. I don’t know why I should believe him although I have great respect for him. What do you hear on that front?
SCHEFTER: I’ll say this, Pat. I think the momentum and signs seem to be piling up against a Chip return to Philadelphia. I think both sides are sick of each other. I think the fans are tired of him. I think he’s tired of the situation there … just my read, from afar.
That stadium began emptying early in the fourth quarter. It was an ugly scene. They still are in the thick of that division race, let’s not forget about that, and if they go in to Detroit on Thanksgiving Day and win, we’ll have a different conversation next week.
I just think that Chip Kelly, if given a choice, might be comfortable elsewhere. We’ll see how that shakes out. I certainly would include him in my questions marks of coaches that we’ll be tracking in January. I think we can say that. I don’t doubt what your friend is saying about Chip Kelly being a "goner" or however you want to categorize it, whatever he said to you. I think that that bears watching.
The Twitter account of this show originally tweeted out the following tweet based on the interview but deleted it since it was a misquote:
Schefter himself is apparently upset with how the tweet was portrayed. Apparently he's going to clarify his message in an appearance on the 97.5 The Fanatic's Morning Show:
Oh yeah, he's chomping at the bit to clarify with us at 7:35 tomorrow. Can't wait. https://t.co/qosEOEsTY6— 975 Mornings (@975Mornings) November 24, 2015
While it seems like Schefter may have just been speculating, Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice isn't exactly downplaying the report:
Based on conversations I've had, while certainly not concrete information by any stretch, I do not believe Schefter is merely spit-balling.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) November 24, 2015
It's worth noting Kelly is under contract through the 2017 season. Personally, I think it's unlikely the Eagles fire him after this season. Jeffrey Lurie showed a lot of trust in Kelly by giving him full control of the team's player personnel department. Would Lurie really give up on Kelly after one year? It's not impossible ... but we'll see.
Another possibility is that Kelly just leaves. For what it's worth, Kelly has downplayed interest in leaving for a college job many times now.
There's bound to be plenty of speculation about Kelly's future if the Eagles continue to lose.
More details coming - check back for updates.