Link to my column on Chip Kelly’s presser
This column takes me back to Mad Magazine of my youth.
Does anyone remember “what they say, and what they really mean?”
mendozaline, i remember. i also remember scenes we’d like to see
Lowell, I think you, Kawakami and Steve Berman are going to have a fun time the next few years, or however long he’s around. And I will be looking forward to reading every word of it.
‘Someone’ asked about the read option? LOL C’mon Lowell, he’s a good kid when coaches aren’t trying to school him. You forgot to mention that Chip is only a renter when it comes to locker space from Jed and apparently he only travels around with his sweat suits.
I thought he came off pretty well. Not that I get too excited about, or reach too much into press conferences in general. (Although those of the introductory variety are admittedly a little more interesting than most, having as they do kind of a ‘weigh-in’ vibe to them, a prelude to the fight proper.) And I think he can be forgiven the occasional ‘snotty’ answer. He’s probably been asked if his offense is too fast for its own good about a million times by now.The same question over and over would rub anyone the wrong way. And regarding the whole ‘not enough Walsh, too much Parcells’ angle goes, I think that might have set some kind of record, irrelevant nit-picking division — congratulations! P.S. As far as Mad Magazine goes, I was partial to ‘The Shadow Knows’.
In all honesty, did you really expect more? I thought he was a breath of fresh air, press conference-wise, over Harbaugh and Tomsula. So at least he has that going for him.
I don’t get the Parcell thing. I have never been impressed with him. Certainly not as impressed as he is with himself. He is an egomaniac without a very good reason for being one. I would rather they like Belichick. He is a very clear winner.
Being in rebuild mode is not necessarily a bad thing.
The 2011 49ers were in “rebuild mode” after 2010 after going 6-10.
The 2013 Chiefs were in “rebuild mode” after going 2-14.
The 49ers in that rebuild year went 13-3, the Chiefs went 11-5. There are other, lots of other, teams who had huge 1 year turnarounds (88 Bengals, 2012 Colts, 08 Dolphins 1 win to 11, 99 Rams, etc etc) so being in rebuild mode does not necessarily mean you can’t have a winning season.
That 2011 49ers team made brilliant FA acquisitions (that EVERYONE laughed at when they were signed…”David Ackers is your big free agent”) and brilliant drafting (“Aldon WHO??…booo”). Yes that team was more talented and underperformed but this years team did have a lot of young guys who, with the return of Anthony Davis, drafting of an oline, some help at WR and ILB, could make huge strides with the right coaching…we shall see.
Agree Dennis, why on earth would we be trying to emulate what Parcells did in these parts? We have such a rich offensive history, it seems absurd to sweep that under the rug as we have around here for years. Even under Harbaugh, the offense didn’t have the innovation and modern passing game that winning teams today always seem to feature.
Will someone please get rid of that meaningless phrase “emotional intelligence” I keep reading about this past week. Or at least ask someone who repeats it over and over to explain it’s meaning. I doubt anyone really knows. People conflict, especially with NFL head coaches. Ridiculous to worry about everyone’s feelings all the time. Gee, I wonder what Belichick’s or Harbaugh’s emotional intelligence quotient might be. Well, not really…
Do you think it’s fair to ask personnel questions in the introductory press conference?
Also, he’s already spoken individually with quite a few players – not about football. Seems like he’s making an active effort to connect with them, on a personal level. Something people criticized him for not doing in Philadelphia.
On the mention of the zone read, versus the read option – my understanding is that the read option is purely a running play with 1 decision. The zone read allows for more complexity – one case of the zone read, is the read option. But there is far more to it. I might be wrong, it wouldn’t be the first time.
Finally, he did say he evolves his offense. I particularly liked his comment about bringing in an offensive coordinator who thinks differently, to add that value. I thought that was a good answer.
I think Trent Baalke was asked only one or two questions and one had to do with the lack of Chip Kelly’s “emotional intelligence” quote from the Eagles’ owner. And Trent said he’s have to look that term up to know what it means. He clearly thinks it’s a bunch of crap. If Chip wins it’s cool; if he doesn’t look for this term to come up again.
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.