SANTA CLARA — Everything Chip Kelly says sounds the same.
Maybe it’s me. Maybe listening to him four times a week the past two months makes me think I’m hearing the same coded message every time he opens his mouth.
My mind tends to organize what it takes in thematically — I studied English at UCLA. Maybe I’m projecting the wrong theme onto Kelly’s words. Because no matter what Kelly says, I hear, “Don’t blame me for this horrible season. Blame Trent Baalke. He picked these players, and they’re bad. There’s nothing I can do about that.”
You may disagree with my interpretation, and I admit it’s possible I’m wrong. But let me make my case to you. Let me explicate a few of Kelly’s recent quotes the way I would have explicated The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge as an undergraduate.
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