In a shocking development, the Philadelphia Eagles named Chip Kelly as their 21st Head Coach in franchise history.
“Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles,” said Lurie. “He has a brilliant football mind. He motivates his team with his actions as well as his words. He will be a great leader for us and will bring a fresh, energetic approach to our team.”
Kelly initially announced he would remain at his position at Oregon. He journeyed to Arizona for a nine-hour “lunch meeting” in Arizonawith Don Smolenski, Jeffrey Lurie. and Howie Roseman two Saturdays ago. Many reported that Kelly was the “top candidate” on the Eagles list. Kelly’s up-tempo offense polarized Philadelphians during the search, with many arguing that NFL defenses are “too fast” for the scheme. It is well known that New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick consulted Kelly in an effort to quicken the pace of his own Patriot offense. In an interview with Urban Meyer, Kelly noted, “No one is married to a certain defense or a certain offense.”
Since Oregon hired Kelly in 2007, his Ducks have gone 46-7. They ascended to three Bowl games and the BCS National Championship game in 2010. The pinnacles of his tenure were the back-to-back wins in the Rose Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl of 2011-2012.
Kelly will arrive in Philadelphia 6:30 tonight, and the Eagles will introduce him at a 1:30 press conference tomorrow.