Exclusive: Chip Kelly tells Glazer ‘I absolutely want to coach in the NFL’
Hours after news of Chip Kelly’s firing rocked the NFL world on Tuesday, the now-former Eagles coach and personnel head spoke with NFL on FOX Insider Jay Glazer in his first interview with any media member, to discuss his firing, his feelings about how his time in Philadelphia ended and his plans going forward.
Glazer shared the details of that interview on FOX Sports Live, the video of which you can see above. Among the highlights:
"Four different times during our conversation," Glazer said, "[Kelly] told me, ‘I absolutely want to coach in the NFL.’ I asked him, ‘Do you want to go to college, or the NFL?’ He said, ‘No, I want to stay in the NFL.’"
The other thing he told Glazer about his wishes for his next stop:
"I don’t want to go somewhere and be the GM. … I just want to go coach somewhere, somewhere where there’s a GM and a personnel guy and I can just coach again."
Does he hold any animosity toward Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie?
"There is no animosity toward Jeffrey Lurie," Glazer said. "Zero.
"The issue is when you’re the head coach and the GM and the personnel director in the building, if things don’t work out, there are a lot of things you’re going to be judged on. You’re not just going to be judged on just your coaching ability, and obviously there’s a lot more at play here than just his coaching ability. So I wouldn’t say there’s animosity. Is he disappointed? Yes, he’s definitely disappointed. Did he want to get fired? No, he didn’t want to get fired."
Was he willing to give up personnel power to stay on as coach?
"He said to me, ‘I get it. It is a results-based business,’" Glazer said. "’I wish I was able to finish it out, but I wasn’t going to try and convince [Lurie] to keep me.’
"There were reports [the Eagles] offered to keep [Kelly] if he gave up control of personnel control. That wasn’t the case at all. … He’s moving on."