Evan Mathis On Chip Kelly: “The Broncos Team I Was On Would Have Eaten Him Alive”
Former Philadelphia Eagles Guard, Current Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 winning guard Evan Mathis recently did an interview via email with Denver reporter Mike Klis that touched on a bunch of topics including the Broncos, his release from the Eagles, and former head coach Chip Kelly.
A few of the highlights include this assessment of Chip Kelly:
“There were many things that Chip had done that showed me he wasn’t building a championship team,” Mathis wrote in his e-mail to 9NEWS. “Two of the main issues that concerned me were: 1. A never-evolving, vanilla offense that forced our own defense to play higher than normal play counts. 2. His impatience with certain personality types even when they were blue-chip talents. The Broncos team I was on would have eaten Chip alive. I don’t think he could have handled the plethora of large personalities.”
Mathis then speaks on how he was released from the Eagles:
“Since I wasn’t going to be paid what I was offered and I wouldn’t simply be given better incentives to play for a coach who wasn’t building a winning team, I decided I wanted out of Philadelphia,” Mathis wrote. “I hope Chip learns from his experiences in Philadelphia and grows as a coach. Maybe he’ll find some constructive criticism from this.’’
Mathis then provided a timeline of his 2015 season. In his words:
March 23rd: A report came out that the Eagles would release me if they couldn’t trade me.
March 25th: I sent Chip a text that had this YouTube link.
That is hilarious. Read the entire convo here.