[UPDATE: It would appear that Chip Kelly has won his power play to maintain control of personnel with the Eagles.]
The fact that the personnel staff will report to Chip Kelly is a pretty massive piece of power. He already had final say over Eagles' 53.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 2, 2015
Are the Philadelphia Eagles imploding? There are now reports that head coach Chip Kelly has expressed interest in getting out of his contract in the wake of the firing of personnel man Tom Gamble, whom Kelly apparently supported.
First came this:
Plugged-in league source senses there could be "something big" going on in Philly in the aftermath of Tom Gamble's departure.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 2, 2015
Then came this:
I have been told #Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has expressed interest in getting out of his contract.— Darren DeGaetano (@DarrenDegaetano) January 2, 2015
Then came the speculation asking whether or not teams in need of a head coach, most notably the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, would be willing to mortgage their drafts to trade for Kelly as their coach:
What would you trade for Chip Kelly if you were either Bay Area team? Part with your 1st rounder? More?— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) January 2, 2015
IF (big if) the Eagles ever sought draft picks in exchange for Chip Kelly, the new team would be so depleted he wouldn't go.— Kevin Clark (@KevinClarkWSJ) January 2, 2015
Not that long ago the Eagles were the defending NFC East champs and sported a 9-3 record. Now? No playoffs, a fractured front office and maybe no head coach.
You have to love the NFL off-season rumor mill. Check Bleeding Green Nation for the mortified reaction to the possibility of losing Kelly.