Bart Scott: Kelly’s ‘College Atmosphere’ Failed

At the beginning of the season, Bart Scott said that the Eagles were dysfunctional, that Chip Kelly was not the genius that everyone thought he was and that rough waters were ahead for the franchise.

Well, Scott was right. The Eagles fired Kelly on Sunday after going 6-9 this year and missing the playoffs for a second straight season.

“I just want all those people that were attacking me on Twitter and social media to attack me now – now that they share the same feelings,” Scott said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Listen, I was ahead of the story. You can’t treat players like pawns. They’re not pieces in your game. This isn’t college. It’s more about personnel than it is scheme, and he tried to think it was more about himself. For the first two years of 10-6 seasons, you can credit a lot of that to Andy Reid and Andy Reid’s players, the players that he brought in – Nick Foles and Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, Shady McCoy. Those weren’t his picks and when he decided to make the picks – you can’t ignore chemistry in sports. You can’t ignore a great working environment. When he came with all this sciences and stuff, come on, man. I’m a professional. I know how to take care of my body better than you do. You can’t suggest that some super power shake and going to sleep at this time is going to make me a better player.”

Scott shares an agent with former Eagles cornerback Cary Williams, who told Scott that Kelly brought a “college atmosphere” to the organization – and not in a good way.

“You can’t treat grown men like that,” Scott said. “Everything is fine and dandy until you hit adversity, and when you hit adversity, that’s when all the little small problems become big problems and people start picking and guys aren’t going to lay their self on the line if you don’t value me.”

Indeed, Scott said months ago that Kelly made a big mistake in trading star players and letting star players walk. That philosophy is not good for business, and it’s not good for morale.

“It’s not just about what you do on the field,” Scott said. “It’s about what those players bring to the locker room. It’s about the chemistry. It’s about how they bring everybody together. You need glue guys. You need locker room guys. Because at the end of the day, you only get 53 and you got to be able to make those 53 one – and it’s tough to do that when you’re always moving pieces and key pieces and central figures in and out.”

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