Walter Thurmond: Chip Kelly Likes Guys who Play “Unselfish Football”

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Eventually, we’re going to run out of ways to describe what kind of player Chip Kelly likes, but Walter Thurmond – who played under Chip in Oregon – seems to have it all figured out pretty well. On the WIP morning show, Thurmond defended his coach, and explained what kind of guy he looks for:

“Coach Kelly is a great leader and he has the mindset, and he wants to win a championship. It’s evident as far as the acquisitions he’s made in the offseason, the guys that he’s brought in that really buy into the program, that want to play unselfish football and guys that take pride in their technique and want to be great. I think that’s one of the biggest things, getting those group of guys together to want to win a championship. I think he’s done a great job so far.”

If you look at the moves he’s made (except for maybe Boykin), buying in and playing “unselfish football” explains away everything. Cary Williams didn’t buy in. DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy didn’t play unselfish football. And Evan Mathis negotiated against himself. Of course, that won’t silence the Stephen A. Smiths of the world, but then again, neither would multiple hand-slaps and suspensions from the largest sports network in the galaxy.

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5 Responses

  1. wayyyyyy too much attention on the boykin drop. if he were white no one would be raising eyebrows. gotta get it cut down to 53 somehow.

    1. A. Boykin was never in danger of being cut.
      B. He was traded.
      Not saying it had anything to do with race, but that was one of the moves that brought up the race discussion

  2. I don’t know how you can exclude Boykin. Remember “coach said i wkuld get a chance outside but i dont believe him ” or “don’t ask me im uust a slot corner”. Thats as bad as any other person who Kelly got rid of.

    He played a lot and helped the team but all he cared about was being an outside corner. He didn’t care that he helped the team best in the slot. He wanted to make as much money as possible and being on the outside means more money.

    He fits perfectly in the not a team player narrative.

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