In the fallout of the Brandon Boykin trade, there's been a lot of talk about how Chip Kelly might not be the best at connecting with his players. Boykin said he wants to be able to relate to his coach outside of football, and that's not something he could really do with Kelly.
Boykin's comments are reflective of what has been revealed in recent profiles of Kelly. Despite often finding himself in the center of controversy, the coach doesn't like the spotlight when it shines on his private life.
The truth is that Kelly eats, sleeps, and breathes football. It's not only his career, but his life. In a recent interview with NFL.com, the Eagles coach said he doesn't know why people want to know more about his life off the field.
""I just think it's bizarre. I just coach football. That's what it's all about. Why people want to know about that other part, I don't know. I'm not a social media guy, I don't tweet, I don't Facebook, whatever all that stuff is. It's no different than Darren Sproles (not liking to) talk to the media. It bothers me when people don't respect that. Because you play a professional sport or you coach a professional sport, why does it have to be like that?" [...] "I have a very bland, quiet life. There's not a lot there. And I'm not hiding anything, either. There's no revelations. You wanna talk football? I'll talk football. That's my job."
Kelly offered more perspective on his personal privacy preference.
"To be honest with you, what we do isn't important. I'd like to know what the best doctors in this country do. They're the people you should be studying. Or the real heroes, the people in the military, policemen or firemen. I think people's infatuation with athletes and coaches, it's a little warped. [...] I take my work seriously, but I don't take myself that seriously."