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Ex-Eagle Evan Mathis rips 49ers coach Chip Kelly

Denver Broncos offensive lineman Evan Mathis had little positive to say about his former coach, Chip Kelly, while they were both with the Philadelphia Eagles. Kelly was hired to coach the 49ers this January. ... Mathis looks on during an NFL football scrimmage at the Broncos’ headquarters Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Englewood, Colo.
Denver Broncos offensive lineman Evan Mathis had little positive to say about his former coach, Chip Kelly, while they were both with the Philadelphia Eagles. Kelly was hired to coach the 49ers this January. ... Mathis looks on during an NFL football scrimmage at the Broncos’ headquarters Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Englewood, Colo. The Associated Press

If guard Evan Mathis was on 49ers coach Chip Kelly’s Christmas card list, he may not be much longer.

The former Philadelphia Eagle, in an email to a Denver TV station (9News), criticized his former coach for his “vanilla offense” and impatience with top talents whose personalities loomed large.

As reported by ESPN.com, Mathis wrote, “The Broncos team I was on would have eaten Chip alive. I don’t think he could have handled the plethora of large personalities.”

“There were many things that Chip had done that showed me he wasn’t building a championship team,” Mathis wrote. “Two of the main issues that concerned me were: 1. A never-evolving, vanilla offense that forced our own defense to play higher than normal play counts. 2. His impatience with certain personality types even when they were blue-chip talents.”

Mathis was released by the Eagles last June. Mathis, a 10-year veteran and two-time Pro Bowl player, subsequently signed with the Denver Broncos, whose season ended with a Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers earlier this month.

Kelly was hired as the coach of the 49ers in January.

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