....Kelly's probably a really nice guy. Every interview I see of him, he comes across as very easy to like. He speaks well. He seems intelligent. People have called him an idiot - I'd say he's not.
He is stubborn, and that's got him into some troubles, and, despite his self-characterization of a "black and white" guy, I think in addition to stubborness, indecision, or a lack of a definitive decision, have been the causes of most of his troubles. I said a long time ago, he probably could be a fine head coach, if he survives long enough to learn anything. But a coach AND gm AND offensive coordinator AND qb coach.....clearly that's too much. He needs some expertise in some areas, and the best leaders are often that because they surround themselves with good people, who possess the strengths they lack. Kelly has chosen to be self-reliant, to his (and the team's) detriment. Get some experts to serve in some of these roles, and he can be the "coach", which he seems to want to be.
My position on what he's done remains unchanged. And, my vitriol is on here as part of the Permanent Record, for good or ill. But my position on him as a man does not accord with my position on many of his football decisions. That's maybe a part of the incongruity we see where some players genuinely seem to like him, and Dunigan says he'll go to war for him, yet every week there's another headslapper coming out of Bomber camp. If I got to spend an hour with anyone in the CFL right now, he'd be either #1 or #2.
The weirdest thing indeed.