The NFL is quickly dividing into two succinct camps: Those who believe in what Chip Kelly is doing, and those who think his experiment will fail wildly.
Count former Eagle Jeremy Maclin among the former despite the fact that he bolted Philadelphia for Kansas City this month in free agency.
“I still believe in Chip,” Maclin recently told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I think Chip’s going to do great things here. I have the utmost respect for him. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get something worked out. But at the end of the day I’m very excited about playing for Kansas City and playing for Big Red.”
Maclin, who had a career high in receptions and yards and tied a career high in touchdowns during his only healthy season with Kelly in 2014, said his departure ultimately wasn’t about the money even though Kansas City shelled out a five-year deal worth up to $55 million.
“Obviously you want to get paid because of all the stuff that you do,” he said. “But it wasn’t necessarily about who could pay me the most money.”
His support for Kelly amid an interesting time for the coach stands out, though.
Perceived arrogance — for the record, I personally don’t get that from Kelly, but some do — from a coach who hasn’t won a playoff game is something that often doesn’t play well, especially when some all-world skill position players are being let go.
But Maclin understands the power of Kelly’s offense first hand, which is why he probably doesn’t have much to say.