Thursday, June 26, 2014
Kelly credits assistants for his success
By Andy Jasner
Chip Kelly has been a successful head coach at every stop.
From the University of Oregon to his rookie season with the Philadelphia Eagles, Kelly has won a lot of games.
Much of that success has to be attributed to a strong group of assistant coaches.
The Eagles finished 10-6 and captured the NFC East title last season under the guidance of Kelly and his staff.
"No different than in your job," Kelly told Phillymag.com's Sheil Kapadia. "If your editor takes an article that you turn in and hacks the heck out of it, I'm sure you ... you know what I mean. It's the same thing. I think you can give pointers and tips and all those things, but I think any editor will say the same thing: 'God, this guy, I have to keep rewriting his story all the time.' Well, that guy is probably not going to have that job for very long.
"It's the same thing with an assistant coach. And I'm fortunate we don't have anybody like that. I think we have a bunch of really, really good teachers that we are all on the same page with, and that's a positive."
From offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to defensive coordinator Billy Davis and extending across the board at every position, this group is valued at a very high level by Kelly.
"That's why we hired them," Kelly said. "They need to be the experts in their field in terms of, you know, whether it's the defensive backs or the offensive line or the quarterbacks or whatever. I don't think this organization is going to work if you have to micromanage individual position coaches. They are here for a reason, and that's what we felt in the hiring process. That's what I wanted. I didn't want someone where I always had to constantly look over and say: 'What drill is he doing now? Why is he doing that?'
"So we have a bunch of guys who are great teachers and really add to the overall team," Kelly added. "I think that's the important thing in your assistant coaches in that you don't have to worry about what to teach them when they get on the field because we have already hashed that out when we get in the meeting room."