Chip Kelly is gone and now all the unflattering truths about him are coming out. One such truth is an admission by Eagles starting right tackle Lane Johnson. According to Johnson, Kelly wasn't the most approachable coach he's had.
Lane Johnson: People felt more comfortable talking to position coaches. I could personally talk to Chip, he was unapproachable sometimes.— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardo975) December 30, 2015
Lane Johnson said a bunch of things about Chip, including that he was "standoffish."— Martin Frank (@Mfranknfl) December 30, 2015
This certainly isn't the first time we've heard this sentiment about Kelly. After Brandon Boykin was traded to the Steelers, he said some players wished Kelly interacted with them more and related to them.
Johnson didn't try to paint the portrait that Kelly was all bad. He did credit the former Eagles coach for helping his development.
Lane Johnson: I liked Chip. I had no personal problem with Chip. He drafted me, I made great strides under him here. #Eagles— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardo975) December 30, 2015
Still, it's clear the team felt Kelly was a problem and had to be removed. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie stressed leadership as a critical quality in a head coach during his Wednesday press conference.