Report: The Eagles didn't tell their players they fired Chip Kelly

The Eagles announced Chip Kelly's dismissal by tweeting out a link to a story Tuesday night. It turns out, that's reportedly when many of the Eagles players found out about the franchise's decision to fire their head coach.

According to Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ Advance Media, the team did not inform the players about Kelly's firing before announcing the news to the public, and Kelly did not have a chance to meet with the team. Members of the Eagles heard about the news the way the entire world found out: "Twitter, reporters and other teammates."

As expected, not every player reacted positively upon hearing the news.

In Kelly's three seasons, he won 26 games and lost 21, including delivering consecutive 10-win seasons and one playoff berth. But the team unraveled in 2015, going just 6-9 and criticism mounted, mainly due to the many personnel moves that backfired on Kelly -- most notably the decisions to trade LeSean McCoy and sign DeMarco Murray this past offseason. When the Eagles shipped McCoy to the Bills, Kelly did not call McCoy to inform him of the trade, which Kelly later acknowledged was a mistake. Clearly, communication isn't the Eagles' strong suit.

"It's a business," one unnamed player told NJ Advance Media.

Nobody understands that better than Chip Kelly right now.

The Chip Kelly news came as a surprise to Eagles players. (USATSI)
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Sean Wagner-McGough joined CBS Sports in 2015 after graduating from UC Berkeley. A native of Seattle, Sean now resides in the Bay Area. He spends his spare time defending Jay Cutler on Twitter. Full Bio

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