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Impressions From Chip Kelly’s Press Conference

As Chip walked down the halls of the Nova Care complex to the auditorium, everyone was waiting for the first words of the new Philadelphia Eagles head coach.

After dealing with Andy Reid for 14 years, a fresh face would be a refreshing sight for those who had grown weary of Andy’s dry news conferences. What would Kelly’s personality be like? How was he going to react to the media? And how is he going to turn the ship around and bring wining back to the forefront in the city of Brotherly Love? These are some of the questions that everyone in that room had.

Chip took the podium with an introduction from Jeffery Lurie and began fielding questions immediately. He stressed leadership and innovation, and a strong relationship with the men responsible for bringing him to Philly (Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman).

Kelly began by talking about why he left Oregon, and how it was a hard decision for him. He was “torn”, but he wanted to do it the right way by informing the team and staff himself.  We heard about how much he cares for his players and he wouldn’t have felt right if he didn’t take to the task and deliver to his team the news of his departure for the NFL. One writer asked him about about possible NCAA sanctions being levied against Oregon as for the reason of his departure. His reply was that “no way” in any form is that the reason. He was able glide over questions as many NFL coaches do on a daily basis. At least he has that ability.

Of course he made a few jokes. A Wing Bowl joke, a line about Vince Papale, and he even threw in a Spanish conquistador reference while referring to his willingness to do whatever it takes. He mentioned how Cortes burned the ships that brought his men to the shores of the Aztec Empire and there would be no turning back.

It seems that this is the new way for the Eagles. There will be no retreat. Fight or die. Again we heard the “All-in” reference (a popular one against the Eagles nowadays). Howie must be quite the poker player. Well I’ll have to wait until I see it. Excuse the cliché, but it’s very true. Actions speak louder than words. Anyone who followed the Eagles last year knows that they did a lot of talking, but did not show up on the field. I seem to remember our corners and safeties constantly being beat by the opponents wideouts. But Chip has come to the rescue.

One piece of information that he did divulge was his willingness to create a scheme around the players. Chip constantly talks about how the players are the most important thing to a football team. The coaches are there to shape the strengths of the players and minimize their weaknesses. They are there to put their players in a better position to win…sound familiar? Andy Reid was notorious for saying this but he was never able to quite put his players in a position to win the big one. I believe that the most important thing a coach can do is to find the strengths and weaknesses of his players and play towards their strengths will hiding their weaknesses. Andy was never able to fully do this which lead him to his downfall…only to picked up by the Chiefs nine hours later, but I digress.

Chip won many people over after Thursday’s press conference. He said all the rights things including the Eagles slogan “We’re all-in” and he seemed very comfortable up at the mic. He told us that he thinks the Eagles are one of the most important sports franchises in the world and he believes he can take us to the promise land. I hope so, I really hope so. He talked about Michael Vick and Nick Foles and said he would evaluate in time.

Kelly is choosing his staff now, as well as looking to switch from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 front. This news really caught my attention. I wasn’t exactly gaga over the Chip Kelly hire, but the possible implementation of a 3-4 defense has excited me. Also what has inspired me into liking Chip more was Luire and what he had to say on why he brought Chip along to the NFL. He mentioned how it is his innovation and his great football mind and his ability to be a leader and a builder of a winning football team. Hopefully Lurie knows what he’s talking about and it all comes to fruition.

After the press conference I feel a little more confident about the entire situation. But we will all have to wait and see. Many people are judged by their ability to adapt.  If Chip does succeed we can look to exactly that; his ability to adapt to the present situation which can lead to a Super Bowl. If we don’t end up with a championship, we can look at his inability to adapt. Adapting and reacting to a situation is the most important thing a person can do in life. Life is entirely about adapting and reacting.

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  1. I did not want him, as I clearly stated, many times, but he swayed me to his side, with what I heard from him, at the presser, & his interviews on WIP. Seems to be, an intellectually, intelligent, confidant, straight forward, no-nonsense dude. He has a great personality, sense of humor, & seems to understand us! So lets hope, he’s as smart as, everyone is hoping he is! Because, if he tries to bring in the same exact offense, that he ran in Oregon, without adjusting to the NFL, he’ll be out of the NFL in 2-3 years! You can’t have 5’10″ QB’s, that will never make the NFL, & expect to succeed! This is a QB driven league. Right now, IMHO, we don’t have a given, at the position. Vick sucks, & is done. Edwards, well, is Edwards! Foles, while showed some promise, is far from a given. Bringing in backup stiffs, like Dennis Dixon, Joe Webb, Alex Smith, & Josh Johnson, like some of the dunces on here, have been suggesting, gets us no closer to the playoffs, than what we already have. Also, IMHO, there are ZERO QB’s, in this draft, that will be nothing more than backups. That’s why they should go with Foles for a year, rebuild the offensive line & receiving corps around him, run the ball, & rebuild that DF, into a nightmare for the opposition.

  2. I TOTALLY DISAGREE ON YOUR VIEW OF THE QB SITUATION.MY BET IS THE 3 QBS ON THE ROSTER TO BEGIN THE YEAR WILL BE DENNIS DIXON WHO WOULD RUN HIS EXACT SYSYEM FLAWLESSLEY [HES ALSO 6-4 AND NOT A BAD PROSPECT IN THIS SYSTEM],EJ MANUEL FROM FLORIDA ST [WHOS 6-5 230 AND CAN RUN, BUT IS SOMETIMES ERRATIC ALTHOUGH HE DID COMPLETE 68% OF HIS PASSES THIS YEAR]WOULD ALSO FIT IT WELL IN THIS SYSTEM AND IS LOOKED AT AS A PROABLE 3RD RD PIC,AND FOLES .LET THE BEST MAN WIN.DIXON WOULD COST THEM NOTHING ,MANUEL WOULD NOT BE THAT HIGH A PIC THOUGH IF THEY REALLY LIKED HIM A 2ND RD PIC OR TRADING UP FROM EARLY IN RD 3 TO LATE IN RD 2 WOULD BE WORTH IT.ALSO LAST YEARS OREGON QB IS IN CANADA AND WOULD BE AN OPTION [HE 6-3 212 AND DOES NOT HAVE A GUN BUT WAS A PRETTY GOOD PASSER AT OREGON WHO ALSO RAN [CHECK OUT HIS YOUTUBE HIGHLIGHTS] AN OREGON BLOGGER WHO WAS ON THE WIP MORNING SHOW WAS REALLY CLUED IN TO CHIP KELLEY, AND THE OREGON PROGRAM, AND HE CAME OFF AS A SUPER SMART GUY.HE SAID HE BELIEVES CHIP KELLEY COULD PLUG IN DENNIS DIXON NEXT YEAR AND THE EAGLES WOULD WIN 10 GAMES.I TEND TO AGREE BUT WOULD LIKE TO KEEP FOLES [WHO I REALLY LIKE AS A PROSPECT] IN CASE THINGS WITH DIXON,JACKSON ,MANUEL OR WHOEVER ELSE IS THERE DOES NOT WORK OUT.ALSO VICK IS NOT EVEN AN OPTION.

    • DUDE! WTF, with the all caps?!? Dixon, flawlessly, really? Is that why he’s on the Ravens taxi squad? Just because he played for Kelly in Oregon, doesn’t mean squat in the NFL! If Kelly attempts to run the same exact system in the NFL, with no adjustments, HE WILL FAIL!

      • DUDE! I VALUE THE OPINION OF JOHN GRUDEN AND TONY DUNGY OVER SOMEONE LIKE YOU.OREGONS QBS RAN 8 TIMES A GAME,RG3 WAS A LITTLE OVER 8 RUSHES A GAME, AND KAPERNICK WAS A LITTLE OVER 7, WITH RUSSELL WILSON A LITTLE OVER 6 PER GAME.THERES A MISCONCEPTION THAT CHIP KELLEYS QB HAS TO RUN ALL THE TIME BUT THATS NOT THE CASE.THERE DOES HAVE TO BE THE THREAT OF THE RUN THOUGH .DIXON IS ON THE TAXI SQUAD OF A CONVENTIONAL OFFENSE, IN CHIP KELLEYS OFFENSE ITS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ANIMAL.THATS WHY A QB LIKE EJ MANUEL WOULD BE MORE ATTRACTIVE TO A CHIP KELLEY/SF/CAROLINA/SEATTLE OFFENSE THAN YOUR STANDARD DROP BACK KIND OF QB. YOU WILL SEE THAT THIS GUYS A LITTLE SMARTER THAN MOST OF THE GUYS HE WILL BE GOING AGAINST, AND IT WILL BE UP TO THEM TO STOP HIM.A NEW HIRE HE WILL BE ANNOUNCING SOON ,JAMES HARRIS WAS THE ASST AD AT OREGON, AND HE WAS THERE DO HELP THE PLAYERS DEAL WITH ANY PROBLEMS THEY WERE HAVING .NO PROBLEMS HOLDING THEM BACK MEANS MORE PRODUCTION ON THE FIELD.JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF A PROGRESSIVE THINKER.I READ WHERE HIS PRACTICES DONT HAVE ALL THE TYPICAL RUN THRU DRILLS THAT MOST TEAMS HAVE, BUT A GOOD PORTION OF THE PRACTICE WILL BE ON SITUATIONS [RED ZONE ,4TH AND SHORT ,GOALINE,LONG YARDAGE ETC] HE HAS EVERTHHING FILMED AND THEY GO IN AND WATCH THE PRACTICE AND CRITIQUE IT.HIS BIGGEST CHALLENGE WILL BE GETTING A GOOD DEFENSIVE CORIDINATOR AND EVERYONE HES BEEN RUMORED TO BE INTERESTED IN RUNS A 3-4 D, WHICH I LIKE A LOT.GIVE THIS GUY A CHANCE, ITS GOING TO BE A SPECIAL TIME FOR EAGLES FOOTBALL..THIS YEAR 9 OR 10 WINS AND THE YEAR AFTER REALLY CONTENDING FOR IT ALL.

        • Good Stuff Joe,
          Easy with the Capitol Letters please, us Older folks have a hard time readign all Caps.. thnx

        • Joe wtf with the caps dude. Damn it might be a good post I couldn’t even finish reading it.

  3. Great article, and I agree with everything in your post dcar, I think a lot of people were swayed over to Kelly based on his press conference, there’s no pat, bs answers like we heard from Reid, and to say Reid didn’t play to the strengths of his personnel is an understatement, looking forward to what the future holds for this eagles team

    • Me too! Lets hope he isn’t stubbornly egotistical, & adjusts to the NFL, because he can prove to be the chage, we’ve been desperately calling for, for 4 years now!

  4. They all sound good in the beginning. Lets see how he deals with the media after his first 3,4,5 game losing streak. When the questions are “Chip whats wrong with the offense”, “Chip your defense was on the field for 43 minutes”, “Chip why did you go for 2 when you could of tied the game up”. lol Its all good right now.

    • Reid didn’t. He came off as the arrogant, egotistical, condescending, SOB, that he is, from the get go! I never liked him, nor thought he was a good game day coach. Kelly, I’m getting a different feel from.

      • BTW, if he does what he did at Oregon, going for 2 all of the time, instead of extra points, & gives up field position, by stupidly going for every 4th down, everybody should call for his head! There’s aggression, & there’s stupidity! $#!T like that, will never work in the NFL, with so much more to lose, than the NCAA!

  5. Hey. Joe, did you watch ej play, read the scouting reports, no way Kelly brings this guy in, and do you think the most sought after college coach is going to bring in a taxi squad player to challenge for the starting quarterback, hope you make it to the first championship game before you pass out

    • Fools just don’t get it!

    • YES I FOLLOW THE DRAFT CLOSELY AND I DO KNOW FOOTBALL.THE GUYS NOT THE MOST ACCURATE PASSER OUT THERE [ALTHOUGH 68% IS NOT BAD BUT HAVE TO TAKE THE COMPETITION IN MIND]I THINK HES THE TYPE QB THAT WOULD FLORINS IN CHIP KELLEYS SYSTEMSAME WAY WTH DIXON,SAME WAY WITH DARRON THOMAS ANOTHER OREGON QB THAT DID NOT MAKE IT IN THE NFL BUT WENT TO CANADA AND IS ON SOMEONES BENCH UP THERE .DO A LITTLE HOMEWORK, AND WATCH SOME VIDEO ON ALL 3 GUYS, AND YOU MAY UNDERSTAND A LITTLE BIT BETTER.ALEX SMITH IS ANOTHER GUY WHO WOULD BE LESS OF A REACH [IF YOU CONSIDER THE OTHER 3 REACHES I DONT], AND I THINK HE WOULD ALSO FIT IN GREAT.

  6. @dag, as long as he stays away from “gotta do better job” we can deal with him

  7. First time Kelly says “I have to do a better job”, I am out! (ha, ha)

  8. Former Browns HC Pat Shurmur is expected to join Chip Kelly’s coaching staff in Philadelphia, likely as Eagles’ offensive coordinator.

    According to Adam Schefter

    • Irish, just saw this. I think this is a brilliant move. Bringing in a coach with NFL experience and also experience working with QBs. Even better, I like how Schurmur has a much different philosophy than Kelly which gives us the best of both worlds. DC is still the biggest hire of them all. Hopefully we’ll know soon.

      • I agree, it will be interesting to see what the offense looks like next year with this mix of styles.

  9. I also heard their bringing I’m Shurmur, I like the move but I don’t think theirs gonna be a conflict of styles, you can believe Kelly told him what he wants from him and what he wants to do, I think it’s more about having someone with NFL experience around him, go get Jim Herrmann from the Giants as the DC and I’ll be happy.

  10. I think many of you will be surprised of the System Kelly will employ..
    It;s not going to be a read-option with the QB running.. His Background is POwer Football with an un-tempo pace to generate more Offensive Plays than his opponents.. What he did the last couple of Seasons was based on his Athletes that he had in Oregon and the obvious Speed Advantage he had over most of his Opponents, but he’s smart enough to know that this does not work playing with the big boys at the NFL where all players/teams have spped and sixe and that exposing a QB to numerous hits every game is a recipe for disadter.. I am not saying there will be a few plays here and there to keep Defenses honest, but the nuts and bolts of his Offensive System is not going to be an Option-Read Offense, so all this hoopla/discussion about having a running QB is a moot point for it’s not going to happen ..

  11. Precisely paulman, Kelly already said as much

  12. His Teams at Univesity of NH were road graders and pounded the Rock
    He had a RB who was a Division II Rusher for a season or 2 and rode that EB’s coattails, then got a good QB and starting Passing more, bottome line, he will adapt to what he has on his Roster as he stated numerous times already..
    Vick is not part of the Eagels Future (Lurie/Roseman already decided that last November) and there is no reason of keeping a player around in a new regime wha was asked a take a pay cut when he already publicly stated that he would not do so.. This happens every season where Veterans on Ball Clubs have hit the end of the line and you simply release them which is how it works in the NFL with no guarantee contracts in palce like the other sports where Teams get stuck with COntracts/Players.. You cut the chord, you move on.. This is what will occur for VIck who most likely will end up with the
    Jets,Chiefs or possibly Arizona or up in Canada .. Not a lot of QB spots open right now in the NFL so VIck better axt fast and swallow that Pride of his
    HE will be fortunate to get a 2 Year $10-12 Million Deal with incentives from any other Team… He and his Team were stupid to come out publicly and state that he would not renegoitiate with the Eagles in order to remain.. He cut his own Salary but 66% .. He and his team should have simply stated when aseked, we’ll see what the Off-Season brings us and take it from there.. Let’s see who becomes the HC, etc,etc, .. He/they could have said almost anything except for what they did say and now has to pay the consequence…. Many of these Atlhetes sure have some stupid people speaking in behald of them…

  13. What I am impressed with most ,is the self confidence the man exhibits and not a trace of arrogance,by contrast ,that’s a refreshing change.Not trying to appear as if he knows everything,but rather a commitment to a collaboration ,is also responding to today’s NFL ,not attempting to install a system and make his players adaptive,but rather adopt a system based upon personnel.I know Coach hasn’t coached a down yet butalready he’s erased the bad taste that the last few years has left upon this franchise ,by bringing a renewed energy and commitment ..I applaud the ownership and know that once again EAGLES will reverberate at the Lincoln financial field as a war cry of fans proud to be Eagle fans once again.To Coach Kelly I hope the dream is fulfilled as a starving franchise wants so much to have its parade one day soon..

    • The sad part about it is the odds of Chip Kelly going to the playoffs 9 out of 14 years is slim to none. The odds of Chip Kelly taking us to 5 NFC championship games is probably slim to none. Chip kelly is refreshing in January. Says all the right things. I wanna see him in October after a 4 game losing streak and the media drilling him on why his teams sucks. Im watching a handful of teams (6-7) who make the playoffs pretty reguarly then 25 other teams that make it once every 10 years. It definetly was time for AR to go but Chip Kelly really isnt in the same breath as AR quite yet.

  14. Great post deserteagle. I second that motion.

  15. Looks like Pat Shurmur will be the next Eagles OC. West coast with Kelly’s style offense…interesting

  16. I like the Pat Schurmur hire. I think it’s great to get an OC in here with a lot of NFL experience and someone who has a different philosophy than Chip Kelly. I also like how Schumur has a lot of experience with QBs which will hopefully prove to be beneficial for Foles. Still, the most important hire is going to be the DC.

  17. Shurmur will essentially be the QB Coach as Kelly will be very active in the Play Calling/Game Planning.. Shurmur has helped developed young QB’s like Kevin Kolb, Sam Bradford at St Louis and Brandon Weeden in Cleveland.
    Shurmur will focus on working with Foles with his mechanics/footwork/arm angle and release point .. He should be a good fit in helping FOles along as his Father wast (Fritz Shurmur) during his long NFL Career working with QB’s..

  18. Daggollden….nobody is inferring that the current regime is,AR.but …let’s be clear about a few things about AR…with Jim Johnson and sadly without….I’ve said before and I’ll say it again JJ should be included In the Eagles Wall of fame…his leadership and stylistic approach is what most dominated a division ,in which coaches came and went in Dallas,Ny,and especially clueless washington.AR inherited a defense and to his credit had JJ be the architect of the defensethatmrweaked havoc,AR also showed the door to many of these same character warriors ,Jeremiah trotter ,Dawkins ,proud Eagles were minimized by AR ..I get the inkling that the new coach who stated many times he respects and loves his players might get it …more than AR which stands more for ARROGANCE…stubbornness and lets remember this is a now business,what have you done for me lately…times yours …coach Kelly and that is the best times yours I’ve heard EVER..:)

  19. You Philly fans need to chill on Chip Kelly. The same guy who beat Jim Harbaugh twice. You will see what he is all about in one season. Be patient and get to love the inside/outside zone read. Can’t wait to see his dominance in the NFL. He thrives on people believing he can’t get it done. So I recommend the haters keep hati’n. That will get you a super Bowl in Two years guarenteed.

  20. After listening to a couple of Chip’s interviews, I am impressed with his philosophy to adapt.

    If anything made watch andy reid unbearable it was his arrogant, “I’ll do it my way” approach.

    “E” keeps talking about adapting. That is music to my ears. I just hope he gets a great defensive coordinator as part of his Entourage.

  21. C’mon, Kelly was just as vague as Reid was at Eagles press conferences. Being new to the scene and many things unknown, it only seemed as though he was more forth coming…
    @BSM – Being the head coach, you should “do it your way” thats why you are the head coach…and if you do it someone else’s way, you should not be the head coach.

  22. Reports from MObiles has Chip KElly stating that he will release Punter (Henry)
    and Long-Snapper (J Donebros) for he believes these are 2 wasted Roster SPots since he does not plan on Punting all Season long..
    Eagles to add a 4th QB and the 7th WR to the Roster Instead

  23. vinnietheevictor

    Senior Bowl interviews. These are guys the Eagles interviewed today after practice. (I stole this)

    Philadelphia – Florida International cornerback Jonathan Cyprien,
    Fresno State running back Robbie Rouse,
    Illinois defensive end Michael Buchanan,
    Illinois guard Hugh Thornton,
    Oregon running back Kenjon Barner,
    SMU defensive end Margus Hunt
    Wisconsin offensive tackle Ricky Wagner.

    Why they would have to interview an Oregon RB is beyond me!!!!

    • I stole this. Judging by the reports from the Senior Bowl, QBs EJ Manuel (Fla. St.) and Ryan Nassib (Syracuse) are on the #Eagles radar.

    • Jonathan Cyprian is a fast, hardhitting, safety, and should be drafted in the 5th Round by the Eagles……..

      and I’m with you Vinnie, I don’t know why they’re interviewing any RB’s

  24. Bryce Brown won’t be an Eagle under Chip Kelly for very long..
    He will not tolerate a RB putting the ball on the Turf 2 Times a game..
    So unless Brown can change his style of carrying the Ball, his Eagle Career and probably NFL Career will be very short.. RB’s are a dime a dozen..

    • vinnietheevictor

      I get that. I just don’t know why they’d schedule an interview with anyone from Oregon.

    • I’ve mention Both QB’s and particularly Nassib (Syracuse) a few times as QB’s that they would check out with that 2nd Round Pick
      Nassib is moving up the charts, good feet, good arm, has the intangibles
      And is headsy QB .. Keep an eye on him, Kelly likes him as does new Cpach Marrone and the Bills.. Word is that Kelly wanted to recruit him for Oregon
      4 Years ago when he took the Oregon Job so he is very familiar and likes his overall make-up as a QB

  25. I lke the OT Wagner from Wisconsin who projects as a 4th/5th Round Pick
    and probably a RT in the NFL.. Typical Wisconsin OL, tough, well coached and has size and strength is in run-blocking at 6-6 310lbs and is currently ranked as the 15th Best Overall OT in a very deep OT Group ..
    CB J Cyprien has received some positive press about his talent,his anticipation and break on the ball and has moved up the Rankings from a not even being ranked in the Top 40 CB’s in the Draft to now being a 6th/7th Round Selection..
    Illinois Guard Hugh Thronton also has received some good reports about footwook,athleticism to go along with his 6-3 313lbs Frame and is Projected as a 3rd-4th Round PIck and the 5th Overall Guard in the NFL.

    DE Margus Hunt from SMU is one of the Drafts most intriguing Prospects
    At 6-8 277lbs, he has long arms (and insane 82″ inch wingspan), runs a 4.74 40 Time, has power and strength and is from Estonia and has only played Football since 2009..
    Believe it or not, he won the Junior World Gold Medal in the Shot Put and Discus Throw Events which has never been done before, so this fella is obviously an explosive Athlete.. Right now he Projects as the 9th Overall Rated DE and a 2nd Round Selection due to his enormous potential upside.. Some Scouts salivate over him as the next JJ Watt and others are still not sure since his limited exposure to American Football.. I watched the SMU Aloha Bowl over Fresno State and this guy was a 1 Man Wrecking Crew and was simply unable to be blocked be Fresno State OL (who were even double teaming him alot) and caused 2 Fumbles, had 2 Forced Fumbles, a couple of sacks (1 for a Safety) and just destoyed Fresno States Offenseall game long.. I believe he will put up Great #’s and Metrics at the Indy Combines and continue to rise up the Charts.. This would be the type of Player that Bill Belechek will cream over and probably select at their 28th Spot..

  26. According to multiple NFL sources Ed Donatel is supposedly the Eagles new Defensive Coodinator it just can’t be announced until later since the 49ers will be playing in the upcoming Superbowl.

    My Thoughts- Ed Donatel is a very good choice. Great coach was the Defensive Coodinator at U of Washington. Seems like a very good fit.

  27. I like the direction that the Eagles are going I think people should give Howie Roseman a break I think he’s doing a great job.

  28. Agree Gmcliff, all these Qbs in the draft are projects. Why draft a project like EJ Manuel or someone else (which would likely need your 2nd round pick) when you already have a project on this team in Foles. Most importantly with Johnny Football and Bridewater coming out next year who will be difference makers…again why waste a a relatively high pick this year when you got those two guys coming out next year? I know no QB is a sure thing but damn i like my chances with one of those 2 guys way more than I would with anybody out of this draft..

    I would go with Foles. If he sucks next year, I do whatever it takes to draft one of those 2 studs (if Foles sucks you will likely have a top 5 pick anyways)…

    Our defense is pathetic. Why wast a 2nd round pick on a project QB when you can draft a stud safety like Matt Elam or Eric Reid in the second. Or a guy like Chase Thomas

    We already have a project QB on the roster…what we dont have is safeties and a whole secondary for that matter

    it wont matter who the QB is if our D is giving up the points they were last season esp through those last 10 weeks

    • pheags, you won’t need to waste a 2nd rounder on Manuel, he’s slated to go 4th-5th round!

      • Dcar, that may be true but just because the mock drafts say that right now means nothing to me. They didn’t have Tannehill in the top 10 at this point when he was coming out, not even close, same kind of story with Ponder and Locker. I also highly doubt Kaepernick was ranked as the 36th over rall prospect when he came out at this time in January.
        I doubt any mock right now can even name the top 5 accurate when we look back in April.

        IMO if you want a Manuel or Nassib you are going to need to use atleast a 3rd rounder…not worth adding another project. We need need Defense and Oline. Save the draft picks for QB next year when the talent is much better.

  29. I thought I posted this already, but while he seemed to say the right things for a lot of people, he seemed timid to me…

    Couple that apparent timid look with Kelly having gone on record as having said he didn’t know if his offensive system would work in the NFL and it’s not very re-assuring to me. Maybe he was just intimidated by the media since this definitely aint Oregon, I don’t know.

    I hope it works out and I can see a lot of “potential”, but I’m not thrilled with the idea of a guy potentially becoming the DC that hasn’t been a NFL DC before coupled with a guy being the HC that hasn’t been an NFL HC before. If the 49ers DBacks coach becomes the DC there’s just a lot of organizational stuff he’s going to have to learn on the fly, just like Kelly which is going to be a huge distraction. even though I like the fact that if it is Donatell the thought process is to a great weakness into a great strength.

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