Posted January 16, 2013

Chip Kelly named Eagles coach

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Chip Kelly has left Oregon to coach the Philadelphia Eagles. (Greg Wahl/AP)

Chip Kelly has left Oregon to coach the Philadelphia Eagles. (Greg Wahl/AP)

The Philadelphia Eagles have announced they will hire Oregon’s Chip Kelly as their new head coach. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen first reported the news on Twitter.

Reports on Twitter say that the deal came together in the last 24 hours and that Kelly was still recruiting for the Ducks on Tuesday. A source told USA TODAY that Kelly had a “change of heart” on Tuesday.

Kelly was believed to be staying with Oregon after interviewing for multiple NFL positions earlier in the offseason. Kelly had interviewed with the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and the Eagles. Last offseason, Kelly nearly became the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, backing out at the last minute to stay with the Ducks.

[BURKE: With Kelly, Eagles have plenty of QB options]

On Jan. 7, the Associated Press and other outlets reported that Kelly had turned down the Eagles after Philadelphia had pushed for the offensive innovator.

The biggest test for Kelly will be adapting his high-tempo offense to the NFL game. The New England Patriots have started using some of Kelly’s methods for quickening the pace, as detailed by the Boston Globe‘s Greg Bedard in October.

Steve Spurrier, another former college offensive guru, struggled during his tenure with the Washington Redskins. But New England’s success makes some believe Kelly has a better chance of lasting in the NFL.

[BURKE: Bears take leap of faith with Trestman hire]

Kelly will need to decide what to do at the quarterback position. Michael Vick struggled this season, completing only 58 percent of his passes and throwing 10 interceptions. He also fumbled 11 times in 10 games. The Eagles could release him this offseason with a relatively small penalty.

Rookie Nick Foles started six games, throwing six touchdowns to five interceptions and showing some promise. It’s unclear whether he would fit well in Kelly’s offense. The Eagles, who pick fourth in the 2013 NFL Draft, could also try to grab someone like West Virginia’s Geno Smith.

For Oregon, one of college football’s most successful programs in recent years, the loss of Kelly three weeks before Signing Day could be a big hit. USA TODAY reported earlier this month that offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich would be in line to replace Kelly if he left. Kelly was 46-7 in his four seasons with Oregon.

Check out the below video from 2010 for an inside look at Chip Kelly’s coaching philosophy.


44 comments
PDXbruce
PDXbruce

Is it just being on the internet in the morning that makes fans so nasty? As an Oregon resident and Ducks fan, let me ask for some perspective: Ducks fans: You've had a great run for four years. Thank the coach for what he's done, the culture he's created and the kids he's brought to the program. He built on previous regimes; the regime that follows will build on what he leaves behind.

And the speculation about probation is just that. Speculation. Nobody, including Kelly (or those fascist opportunists at the NCAA, for that matter) know what's going to result from the investigation.

Philly fans: No, he's not going to force his Ducks' Xs and Os on his new team. He's great at getting the most out of the talent he has. If your players buy into his "win the day" mantra, you'll start having winning seasons again. He won't have the same game plan, but he'll have the same discipline. The guy has a great football mind and will make the Eagles fun again.

A local radio jock came up with an interesting notion a few days ago. Kelly's like a homeowner who answers the front door and a guy says, "I want to buy your house." Homeowner says it's not for sale. Buyer insists and makes a very high offer. Owner says I'll need some other considerations. Buyer says no. Buyer looks at 10 other houses and comes back to homeowner. The other considerations are no longer an obstacle.

It's the real world. Things change. Motivations are complex. Sometimes it's messy and sometimes it doesn't work out. And sometimes it does.

IdDoHannahStorm
IdDoHannahStorm

If you say no too often...future suitors will stop asking

 

If you flirt too often...your current employer will no longer trust you

stagger
stagger

That hokey offense should go over real well. Good luck Philly.

DonHole
DonHole

"Glad he is taking a stab at the pros."

- Ray Lewis on ESPN

gskat
gskat

On the NFL coaching front, you might say "The Chips have fallen into place..." 

RickDyson
RickDyson

he just seems like such a sleaze bag, look for the Ducks to be on probation within two years

John D2
John D2

 The guy left College Football for the Pro's.. College football is boring.. Real exciting watching running QB's.. 

The guy who said real football is in the SEC.. Here is a question for you. U of Delaware which is Division 1 football has put more successful QBs in the pro's than Alabama and LSU combined. The last 20 years. 

mestout
mestout

Only one Kelly with NFL ability and his first name is Brian

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

He will get eaten alive in Philly, and will be coaching in college again in 2015. If Oregon gets slammed by the NCAA, then everyone will know why he changed his mind and bailed. 

Vinny Cordoba
Vinny Cordoba

Well the good thing for Kelly is he's going to a city renowned for its friendly fans, sense of sportsmanship, patience with coaches, and unconditional love and respect for its teams, athletes and coaches.

mashley278
mashley278

Crap, I wanted a Bama/Oregon title game

corkpuller
corkpuller

Duck Duck GOOSE!  I mean Duck Duck ...EAGLE!

pandah462
pandah462

"You know, I was thinking about it over the last week, and I came to a conclusion...an eagle is a cooler bird than a duck.  I'll take the job."

Loft203
Loft203

Go to hell traitor.  Thanks for handling that so badly!  Lying to recruits, Duck fans.  YOU SUCK KELLY!

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I'm sure that a dozen or so NCAA investigators were seen on Oregon's campus had nothing to do with Kelly's decision.

joeshine730
joeshine730

Since Kelly has no family or wife and is single this decision is all about money.

Cool
Cool

Lmao, the idiot probably got an earful from the administration at Oregon. I wrote last week that he was causing more harm than good playing around with Oregon.  No school wants to go through this little game he was playing every year. 

chipdavis
chipdavis

Anyone ever believe a thing a college coach says? They are self serving wind bags. The whole bunch of them are snakes. Yeah, I'm a duck fan. Pro sports keeps poaching on the college ranks, ruining the entire landscape. They're like energy companies: Environment? What environment?

Cool
Cool

 @IdDoHannahStorm I have feeling he had a little talk with administration and they told him, to make a choice, because if he does the same thing next year he won't have the option of coming back.

 

Cool
Cool

 @DonHole

 lol, too damn funny!  Thanks for the laugh!!

Cool
Cool

 @John D2

 I watched the 49er game and saw how ineffective those running qbs are.  Wilson & Newton will never get to take a snap now that all informed followers of football know that running qbs can't get the job done.  *palm to forehead*

mestout
mestout

Those are the guys with the Michigan helmets

mestout
mestout

@mashley278 - wouldn't happen with the Ducks in the penalty box

PDXbruce
PDXbruce

 @joeshine730 Odd conclusion. It's when you have the wife or family that decisions get to be all about money.

d3
d3

@joeshine730 yea, I mean who in this world goes after a higher position in this country?

pandah462
pandah462

 @joeshine730 Zzzzzz.  Or a new challenge, status of being an NFL coach, nicer city and fans...ok, probably not the last two.

TH20
TH20

 @Spokanedad 

 

They'll still dominate the Huskies for years to come. But that's not saying much.

Ruff
Ruff

That man has every right to persue employment wherever he likes. Fans kill me. Teams/colleges show no loyalty to coaches/palyers, so why do the coaches/players ow the teams/colleges any loyalty. If his name had been Turner Gill instead of Chip Kelly, he would have been fired (and rightfully so) 2 years ago.

Shooter McGavin 19711
Shooter McGavin 19711

 @chipdavis You really need to let it go.  Yes, this is sad news for the recruits that Chip Kelly was lying to as late as yesterday.  And it's going to put the Oregon program back two steps.  But Chip Kelly is doing what is best for Chip Kelly  and last I checked, that is the same as pretty much everyone in the United States.  Sure, there are a few altruistic people, but by and large, people work hard so they can get ahead.  And Chip felt this was getting ahead.  So get over it.  And I find it ironic that a fan of a college team that spends more money than some PRO teams would whine about anything.  If there was a cap on spending in college, the Ducks would be out of the top 25 in about three nanoseconds.

 

Regards,

SM

IdDoHannahStorm
IdDoHannahStorm

 @Cool Either that, or as others suggest in this thread, there may be NCAA sanctions coming to Oregon and he is pulling a Pete Carroll

deanrobert99
deanrobert99

If the man is in Spokane, my guess is that he follows the Cougars, not the Huskies.  Just sayin'...

 

casata
casata

Dont lump all oregonians in this, he is a Duck Honk..  Some of us in Oregon follow real football in the SEC.  WDE

chipdavis
chipdavis

 @Shooter McGavin 19711

 Oh, okay, Shooter. I"ll get over it. Just because you told me to. The point is loyalty. There is none. and re: you're "get ahead"? Do you know how much this guy makes already? Or for that matter, the OR football budget?

RickDyson
RickDyson

 @mene  @chipdavis 

and that is the problem with college athletics  deep pocketed ethically challenged frustrated jocks throwing money around.

 

drfunkenstein24
drfunkenstein24

@mene Of course the other big schools have huge donors. What sets Oregon/Knight apart is the crazy stuff Nike throws down on a regular basis up there.

mene
mene

You people who CONSTANTLY reference Phil Knight as a booster to Oregon need to GROW UP.  Do you honestly think Alabama, Notre Dame, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Michigan,  etc, etc, etc, etc,  have NO big money boosters in their alumni??  Get a grip on reality.....

 

 

@chipdavis  @Shooter McGavin 19711