Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is still in the early stages of his transition from the college football game to the NFL, and he recently spoke to the media about some of the differences between college and the pros.
If there is one thing about the NFL that Kelly is not a big fan of, it is the draft process.
Kelly understands that you build a successful team through the draft, but it is the pre-draft hype that really seems to rub the Eagles head coach the wrong way.
“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,” Kelly said, via Peter King’s latest edition of TheMMQB.com.
“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!’”
Kelly should be used to dealing with hype thanks to his time with Oregon, but it is nice to see that he won’t be a man who is overwhelmed with what the talking heads in the media are saying.
The Eagles wil be looking to bounce back with a strong year in 2014, which is Kelly’s sophomore season in the NFL.