Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly had a sit-down with Peter King of MMQB.com Saturday before the first practice of the season. Honestly, every time I hear him speak or read a quote from an interview with him my appreciation for him continues to grow.
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. They come in just like me and you come in as freshmen in high school or freshmen in college, or your first year on the job at Sports Illustrated—you’re not telling people what to do, you’re just trying to figure out what room to go to. 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. If you take a job at Wells Fargo when you get out of college, your first day of the job they don’t say, ‘He’s our first-round draft pick, he’s the savior to the company!
I have to admit I am guilty of exactly what he is talking about. Just last week I posted an article about Eagles first round draft pick outside linebacker Marcus Smith. I complained and even questioned Chip Kelly’s decision that if Smith was good enough for the first round then he should play right away. I’ll ease up on that going forward because I have been new on a job before. I remember what it was like. We are asking these guys to go from college to out-playing veteran NFL players.
One other thing Peter King did that grabbed my attention. He compared Chip Kelly to Fox NFL Sports Analyst and former Super Bowl Jimmy Johnson. If you remember, Johnson led the Dallas Cowboys to back-to-back Super Bowls in 1993 and 1994. That’s good company to be in.