In his first year as an NFL head coach, Chip Kelly said he delivered a simple and clear message to his team about personal conduct. “We addressed it when we brought the rookies in here and just told them 'everybody’s the same, whether you’re a 10-year guy or you’re a rookie,’” Kelly said during Thursday’s press conference at the NovaCare Complex. “That’s part of the deal. Part of our job is to make sure that the young guys get acclimated, and ‘what was it like when you were a rookie?’ It’s hard, even though they are professionals. There’s still a learning curve. It’s just like being a freshman in college again or a freshman in high school again. And they can all go back again and think about what it was like when they were younger. It’s a difficult transition for anybody.” Kelly, like so many other coaches and players around the league, was asked about his thoughts on hazing. It has become a big topic in the NFL considering what’s transpired in Miami. Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin recently walked out of the team facility and took a leave of absence following reports that he was the victim of protracted hazing. Shortly thereafter, the Dolphins suspended another offensive lineman, Richie Incognito, for “allegations of player misconduct” made by Martin’s representatives. There were several bizarre twists to the story: There were reports that Dolphins coaches encouraged Incognito to toughen Martin up. Another report claimed that Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland encouraged Martin to physically confront Incognito. And, most recently, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill said that Incognito -- despite allegedly being Martin’s main tormenter -- was actually “best friends” with Martin.
Chip Kelly addresses hazing in the NFL
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