In a recent article by Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Jason Avant talks about his last season with the Philadelphia Eagles and his interactions with head coach Chip Kelly. Early in the season he saw the demand for his production decline and began to feel like his tenure with the Eagles was coming to an end.
I knew that was coming maybe four games into last season. When they stop calling your number and guys start running some of the routes that you run – I knew from the beginning that I didn’t fit his [Kelly's] style of offense, in that I’m a crafty guy that gets open in an atypical way.
A comment like that sounds like he wan’t entirely open to Kelly or very coachable. It appears Avant wanted to run his own game within the Eagles organization. He admits he didn’t see eye to eye with Kelly.
The timing of these comments are interesting. His release from the Eagles happened in March and now he speaks up?. Earlier in the month Eagles running back LeSean McCoy said he believed the reason Washington wide receiver DeSean Jackson was released was because he [Jackson] didn’t “buy into” Kelly’s system. Shortly after McCoy‘s statement Kelly refuted it.
I don’t send messages to other players by how I deal with other players.
In other words, he doesn’t manipulate the players. He speaks directly to them.
Is Avant trying to stir that pot a little? Is he trying to get the focus off his lack of production last season with the Eagles? It’s possible. Maybe he just has sour grapes and realized he should have been a more coachable player.