Count Bill Belichick as one of those who thought the Eagles got rid of Chip Kelly too soon. The New England Patriots coach had the following to say during his Thursday morning press conference, via CSNNE:
"Yeah, I would say it's actually disappointing," Belichick said. "Chip Kelly to me is a really good football coach. He does a great job. I think he's done a good job with that team. It's disappointing to see, you know, Josh [McDaniels] in Denver . . . There's a lot of examples. But pretty much everybody's on a one-year contract in this league. I don't know how you build a program in one year.
"Chip's a great coach. He'll end up somewhere, and he'll do a great job there. I'd say a lot of the players that were on the Eagles that are no longer on the Eagles aren't really doing too much for anybody else, either."
It's not a surprise to see Belichick come to Kelly's defense. They're friends. Belichick used to pick Kelly's brain when the latter was still with the Oregon Ducks. Thanks to their relationship, the Eagles and Patriots practiced against each other in training camp in 2013 and 2014. Belichick also felt sorry for Kelly and let the Eagles beat the Patriots in Foxboro in Week 13 of this season. (OK, not really, but doesn't that at least sort of explain how the Eagles were able to pull that win off?)
Belichick also speaks from personal experience. He has complete control in New England like Kelly had in Philadelphia before getting fired. Unlike Kelly, he also has one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game in Tom Brady.
Belichick also knows about being a coach that people gave up on too soon. He went 36-44 with the Browns before going on to have all the success he's had with the Patriots. Kelly finished at 26-21 in Philadelphia. Maybe Kelly will be able to learn from his mistakes and go on to be successful again one day.