Andy Reid got run off from Philadelphia, but that didn't stop Reid from reaching out to the man who eventually replaced him, Chip Kelly.
Kelly, speaking at his introductory press conference on Thursday, specifically thanked Reid for his help in making the determination to join the Eagles and said he spoke to the former Eagles and current Chiefs coach about the Philadelphia organization.
"One person I really want to thank in terms of advice in this whole thing was Andy Reid," Kelly said during his presser. "The fact that Andy reached out to me and told me about his experience here and told me what this organization is all about. There's not a classier guy. When Andy texted me yesterday when I accepted the job I told him I had really, really big shoes to fill. And in typically Andy fashion he just said, 'Be yourself and be fine.' So I want to publicly just thank Andy because that really right there spoke to me about what this organization is about."
Kelly's press conference went as you would expect: He wasn't overwhelmed by questions about the transition from college to the pros ("football is football"), his quarterback situation (it's wide open, more on that later) and the perceived flip-flopping that went on.
"I want to let you know how impressed I was with both Howie [Roseman] and Jeffrey [Lurie] that allowed me to do this in a manner that my players would find out first hand and it wasn't going to be something they saw on a Twitter account or a local TV station. That part is extremely important to me," Kelly said. "The game of football to me is about relationships. And the game of football is about people. And you win because you have great people.
"I probably took a long time with this decision, probably a lot longer than some ... wanted me to take."