The number one criterion for being an NFL genius, according to Bill Belichick's right-hand man Ernie Adams in David Halberstam's The Education of a Coach, is having a great quarterback.
"We didn't bring Sam in here to be a chip," Kelly quipped. "I'm the only Chip here."
Here's what else we learned on Tuesday:
- In contrast to the Eagles' remarkable excitement for the Bradford era, the Bears' new regime waited nearly two full months to announce that Jay Cutlerwill remain in Chicago as the starting quarterback. For better or worse, it's a two-year commitment, as the Bears will award Cutler another $10 million in guarantees for the 2016 season by the end of the week.
- In other quarterback news, the Texansreunited Brian Hoyer with coach Bill O'Brien in Houston. We liked the Hoyer vs. Ryan Mallett competition better when it was for the right to serve as Tom Brady's backup. The addition of Hoyer freed up Ryan Fitzpatrickfor his own reunion with former Bills coach Chan Gailey, now the Jets' offensive coordinator.
- The Dolphins announced the signing of Ndamukong Suh on Wednesday, acknowledging the worst-kept secret in the league since the weekend. Suh's signing led to the release of veteran defensive tackle Randy Starks. Is the difference between Suh and the now departed tandem of Starks and Jared Odrick enough to propel Miami into the postseason?
- While the Dolphins and Jets are splurging on free agency's marquee names, the more fiscally conservative Patriots signed one of our favorite bargains in pass rusherJabaal Sheard. Even if there is work to do at cornerback, New England boasts one of the league's most versatile front sevens with Sheard joining Chandler Jones, Dont'a Hightower, Jamie Collins, Rob Ninkovich and Jerod Mayo.
- The Buccaneers tacitly acknowledged the mistakes of last year's foray into free agency, cutting ties with defensive end Michael Johnson and offensive tackle Anthony Collins after one season in Tampa. It wasn't all subtraction on Wednesday. The Bucs also added athleticism to the defense, signing former Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter.
- Tom Coughlin has emerged over the past half-decade as the No. 1 contender to former Lions coach Wayne Fontes' "Rasputin" moniker. No matter how poorly the Giants start the season, Coughlin rallies the troops to a strong finish, staving off the coaching world's version of the Turk. The Giants added to Coughlin's job security Wednesday, announcing a one-year contract extension after Odell Beckham revitalized the franchise in the second half of the 2014 season.