Eagles Coach Chip Kelly says the NFL draft is the worst part of football


(Michael Perez/AP)

Chip Kelly is probably going to get a talking to from the Philadelphia Eagles’ PR people today because apparently, he said what he was directly told not to when asked by MMQB’s Peter King what he thought the worst part about the NFL was. Via Bleeding Green Nation Kelly replied:

“[Director of public relations] Derek [Boyko] asked me the question and said I couldn’t say it… What’s the worst thing about the league? I said the draft. I mean, the hype that goes into the draft is insane. Totally insane. The biggest thing for me is that everybody thinks whoever you drafted or whoever you signed is now gonna be a savior. … I think a lot of times the hype turns into really, really hard times for the individual who got picked, because there’s so many expectations of everyone building them up to be Superman because they had three months to write about them and talk about them. Then when they get picked, they’re a very, very good prospect, but there’s a learning curve when you go from any job out of college into a company.”

Even more bothersome to Kelly is the idea of many of the draftees gaining instant celebrity off the field. He continues telling MMQB via Bleeding Green Nation:

“I think the byproduct to the hype that bothers me, is that to some guys it’s overwhelming for them. The NFL has their Rookie Premier and they’re out there getting all these pictures taken and they’re missing practice time to go out to California and they’re treated like gods, and I’m like, I don’t know if he’s going to start. That’s not fair.”

Kelly takes his last shot at the NFL draft by calling out all the armchair analysis and Monday morning quarterbacking that goes into the spectacle each year. Via Bleeding Green Nation again:

“And the analysis… We drafted [pass-rusher] Marcus Smith in the first round, and Jordan Matthews in the second round. Then you listen to people around here that say, ‘Well, we don’t like their draft. If they had taken Matthews first and Smith second, we would give them an A.’ Who cares who went one and who went two? It’s almost like there’s a lot of scrutiny on Marcus Smith because he went one, but Jordan gets a pass because he fell to the second round. If you ask both those individuals, they have the same goals and aspirations and they’re training exactly the same way. It’s just how people perceive things, and I think a lot of that has to do with the hype.”

In short, Kelly, subscribes to Public Enemy’s view of hype — don’t believe it.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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