Kelly has gone 8-23 in his last two seasons as an NFL head coach after going 20-12 in his first two.
He landed in San Francisco, where chief executive officer Jed York and General Manager Trent Baalke had failed to make things work with Jim Harbaugh and then had given Harbaugh’s curiously chosen successor, Jim Tomsula, only one season. There was no franchise quarterback in sight. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Kelly and the Niners were a mismatch, with York cleaning house by getting rid of both Baalke and Kelly following a 2-14 season.
If he never gets another NFL head coaching chance, he clearly will be remembered as a failure at this level. His NFL legacy will be all about the craziness of the final season in Philadelphia, about Lurie saying his next coach needed to have emotional intelligence, about the one-and-done stint in San Francisco.
He turned his life around with the guidance of his guardians and served a two-year LDS Church mission in Colorado. Once back from his mission, he wanted to play more football, on defense, as he did in high school. The coaches at Snow College thought differently and made him an offensive tackle. Consequently, that decision helped make him a first-round prospect.
Teammates said that Savage seemed fine and coherent, but concussions can be difficult to assess because symptoms can develop later. As Savage showed, NFL players can be their worst enemies. They do not want to come out of games. Ever.
After Savage was pulled, he tried to go on to the field and had to be forced back to the sideline and be ushered to the locker room. He said last week there’s no way he’s coming off the field on his own. Obviously, he wasn’t happy, but the Texans made the correct decision.
And much respect to our runner-up this week, the Detroit Lions, who came close to securing the hardware after their Rockettes homage Saturday afternoon:
Ultimately, a lot of what we’re discussing in these MVP debates is how to weigh various measures of value, statistical and otherwise. To your point, the answers to those questions sometimes change depending on which measure supports which player — an example of what’s known as “motivated reasoning” — and adopting a standard could potentially create more consistency.