"I feel bad because we've been able to do some good things here in the first two years, but to come where it is now, it's a big drop-off," Johnson said. "But we still believe in him, we still believe in our players. We just have to dig ourselves out of this hole."
Added linebacker Brandon Graham, who said he texted Kelly after a meeting to ensure he knew Graham was behind him:
"Nobody knows who's coming back next year and who's not," Graham said. "All I know is when they're thinking about, 'Who quit on us during the season?,' I don't want them to say B.G."
Because Kelly is so walled off and because he doesn't have a deep winning pedigree at the NFL level like Bill Belichick has, we aren't sure if he's capable of being a master motivator. Certainly on Sunday against the Buccaneers the Eagles looked uninspired. The Eagles were physically and emotionally dominated over the course of 60 minutes.
However, we will find out. This is a stretch where Kelly can still make believers out of us, and his own players.