By Tim Graham
INDIANAPOLIS -- Whatever Chip Kelly does as Philadelphia Eagles head coach, he said he'll have a little Chan Gailey in him.
Kelly was the Buffalo Bills' guest at a 2012 practice and claimed the experience -- along with every visit he's made to an NFL workout -- has influenced how he conducts himself as a coach.
"I think we're all byproducts of our experiences," Kelly said Thursday at the NFL scouting combine in Lucas Oil Stadium. "Whether you're visiting with [Bill] Belichick, or I went to OTAs with Joe Philbin last year. I went with Chan Gailey down in Buffalo. I've been to see Jim Harbaugh at the 49ers. I've been to see Pete Carroll at Seattle.
"All of those guys have been gracious to let me come watch practice."
Kelly will have some other Buffalo flavor on his Philadelphia coaching staff.
Bob Bicknell, who coached the Bills' receivers or tight ends the past three seasons, is the Eagles' receivers assistant. Kelly's quarterbacks coach is Bill Lazor, the University at Buffalo's offensive coordinator and QBs coach under Jim Hofher.
Although Kelly wasn't believed to be interested in the opening, he was one of five candidates the Bills interviewed for their coaching job that eventually went to Doug Marrone.