Jason Kelce hits out at ‘pampered’ Eagles teammates who complained about Chip Kelly
Eagles offensive lineman Jason Kelce took a shot at teammates who complained about Chip Kelly’s methods, calling them “pampered.”
Kelce specifically responded to fellow lineman Lane Johnson, who said that the coach’s methods took a significant toll on linemen. Kelce told 94WIP in Philadelphia that, in his opinion, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
I mean, I love Lane Johnson to death, but he’s only played for one head coach,” Kelce said. “How does he know the way other teams practice? His only mindset is on what other guys say and what other guys say — they might come in and think that they’re working hard and maybe they’re just getting older. I mean who knows? I can tell you this. When we had Andy Reid, training camp was a lot harder than when we had Chip Kelly.
“This is like one of the most pampered practice schedules I’ve been a part of to tell you truth,” Kelce said. “If I’m being honest, I think that we have massages, we have all these things put in place — we have smoothies. We have daily questionnaires. ‘How are you feeling today?’ Well dude, you’re gonna go out there and practice. So I think, quite honestly, some of these guys are a little pampered. I don’t want to get started on this, it really bugs me.”
This is basically the first and only public defense of Kelly from one of the Eagles players. Johnson had previously called Kelly a “dictator” and said he had “too much power,” and wasn’t the only Eagle to whine about being overworked in practice under Kelly. Kelce isn’t really refuting the ego complaints, but he certainly made it clear that he didn’t think Kelly and his staff were too hard on the players in practice.