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Coaching change a minor factor for Kelsay

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2013 – 8:37 pm

In announcing his retirement Chris Kelsay said he had been contemplating retirement with his wife for the past couple of months before ultimately choosing to go through with it. He came to the realization that once you’re thinking about retirement you’re partly retired already. Kelsay admitted the neck injury that landed him on injured reserve for the final four weeks of the 2012 season made him think about his family and not wanting to leave the game broke down. The coaching change was a factor too, but it was minor in comparison.

“I cannot say that it did not weigh in, but it was not a huge factor,” said Kelsay of the hiring of Doug Marrone. “I think the guys that they brought in, after meeting them last month when I came in to get my neck checked out by Dr. Cappuccino, I was very intrigued by what they had to say and the direction the organization is going. Anytime you have an entire staff overhaul like we have had it is tough to come in and re-prove yourself—do all the things that I have had to do a number of times over the course of my career. I just felt physically and mentally, too, that I was ready to go in a different direction. That is what we decided and there is a sense of relief there so I know that I made the right decision.”

Kelsay in his 10 seasons with the Bills played for five head coaches, counting interim head coach Perry Fewell in 2009. Having to prove yourself over and over again to a new coaching staff every couple of years makes the task tougher. Even Kelsay, a blue-collar worker, found the task daunting.


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