The seminal report last night was, unfortunately, the shit Sal Pal got to stick on a wall somewhere– that Chip Kelly balked at the notion of giving up his GM powers at a meeting with Jeffrey Lurie yesterday. Look no further than this Pro Football Talk post to see how Sal Pal’s report shaped the story last night:
Sal Paolantonio of ESPN reports that Lurie has been considering changes to the structure of the Eagles franchise for weeks, and one of those changes Lurie considered was keeping Kelly but stripping him of personnel control. But when Lurie proposed that to Kelly during a recent meeting, Kelly balked at the idea.
When Kelly wouldn’t agree to give up personnel and focus only on coaching, that’s when Lurie decided it just wasn’t working with Kelly. According to Paolantonio, Lurie decided to fire Kelly now, rather than waiting until after Week 17, because he figured it would give the Eagles a jump on attracting some of the best candidates to replace him.
As you might have guessed, it appears Sal Pal was full of shit.
A person familiar with the decision to fire Kelly told The Associated Press Tuesday night that the team didn’t consider only stripping him of personnel control, opting to part with him entirely. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Lurie will address Kelly’s dismissal on Wednesday.
And Ian Rapppppppppppppppppppopopopopoport responding to a Tweet about the report:
I have not heard that this scenario is accurate. https://t.co/YoY3A5YKPS
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 30, 2015
In other asshole updates, Marcus Hayes has a whole carton of eggs on his poop head face this morning. Here’s what he wrote just yesterday:
Should Chip Kelly be stripped of his responsibilities as Eagles general manager?
The only possible answer: It is unanswerable.
So much for the ideal.
First, understand that owner Jeffrey Lurie will neither strip Kelly nor fire him. Lurie invested too much time and money in Kelly’s innovative culture to abandon it with two years left on Kelly’s contract.
This morning, Hayes, like Stephen A. Smith on ESPN, cited the Riley Cooper and contorted himself to avoid mentioning the actual website that posted it:
It explains how tone-deaf Kelly was to the locker room when, during Kelly’s first training camp, a video of white receiver Riley Cooper was leaked to TMZ in which Cooper used the N-word at a country music concert. Kelly sent Cooper away for three days of reflection and, allegedly, counseling. He then put the onus on the players to accept Cooper back into the fold.
Great scoop by TMZ.