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.”
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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.