The nail that sticks up gets hammered down.
- Japanese proverb
For the second straight day, Chip Kelly was asked on Wednesday to clarify the perplexing question of why he chose to dismiss an accomplished starter who had two years remaining on his contract.
And for the second straight day, Kelly said a lot without saying very much, content to allow one explanation to chase the other's tail like a dog spinning in a tight circle while going nowhere. Kelly is a pretty good football coach, but he's untouchable in debate class.
Not that it matters. Kelly's pronouncements aren't made verbally anyway, but by his actions. There is no mistaking the meaning of releasing the only player to skip the Organized Team Activities that preceded this week's mandatory minicamp.