Monday, April 21, 2014
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Philadelphia Eagles Coach Chip Kelly once worked at New Hampshire and while there made friends with three Mainers. They remain friends, almost 20 years later.
The Associated Press
Buzzell took it a step further. If, somehow, the Patriots and Eagles advance to the Super Bowl in early February, “I honestly have to root for the Eagles,’’ he said. “We have personal ties to Chip. Chip’s been great to us. He certainly wants what’s best for us and we certainly want what’s best for him.’’
Kelly, an extremely private man, would not be interviewed for this story. And even his friends here were reluctant to say too much. They respect his wishes.
But they also want everyone to know just how much Kelly deserves the success he’s achieving.
“He’s creative in everything he does,’’ said Buzzell. “And there is a method to everything he does. What makes him a player’s coach, in my view, is that he tells people why he is doing things; he explains it to them.
“He’s a really good teacher. It’s not, ‘You’re doing this because I said you’re doing it.’ And they understand why they’re doing it. He’s carried that everywhere he’s gone.’’
While he coached at UNH, Kelly sometimes crossed the river to watch a Marshwood football practice. He would often attend the basketball camp that Zamarchi ran. “His connection to (Zamarchi) is real special and it’s been great to get to know him through that,’’ said Petrie.
But Kelly has been great to all his Maine friends. “From a friend’s standpoint, Chip’s just someone you can always count on when you need advice on something,’’ said Buzzell. “He’ll always give you his honest opinion.’’
Kelly doesn’t have the time to devote to the Mainers that he did when he coached at New Hampshire. The demands of being an NFL coach are relentless.
But Buzzell and the others know he’s thinking of them.
“We know Chip is 100 percent focused on his task at hand; he always has been,’’ said Buzzell. “During the season the most important thing to him is his team. And when he’s home, his most important thing is his friends.’’
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