Chip Kelly is the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles

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Oregon no more: Chip Kelly, the next coach of the Philadelphia Eagles

In all the twists and turns of the Philadelphia Eagles head coaching search, absolutely no one saw this coming. But, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly has done an about-face and decided that yes, he wants to come to the NFL and indeed, the team he wants to coach for is the Philadelphia Eagles.

In a day that has featured panicked Eagles fans watch Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley leave Philadelphia after a lengthy second interview at Jeffrey Lurie’s home on Tuesday evening to interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars, this is a curve ball that no one anticipated. At this stage of the search, conventional wisdom believed that either Bradley or former Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt were the top candidates for the team.

One thing’s for sure: demonstrating such indecision on his first major decision with the Philadelphia Eagles–whether or not to take the job–won’t immediately endear Kelly to many Eagles fans. But all is forgiven if the move proves to be a success.

My, my, no one can ever accuse the Eagles of ever being dull. Perhaps in the coming days we’ll gain some clarity on what transpired with Bradley and what ultimately changed Kelly’s mind.

UPDATE: Minutes after Mortensen’s tweet, the Eagles confirmed news of Kelly’s hire, who will become the 21st head coach in the team’s history. Said Lurie,

“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.”

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3 Responses to “Chip Kelly is the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles”


  • As an UO alumni (94) and a die-hard DUCK fan, Congrats to the Eagles. You have found a tireless coach that will do everything to win. I hope only that your players can drink the Kelly Kool-Aid and play with passion that could have Championship written all over it.
    Can I get the T-shirt when it comes out?
    I drank the Kelly Kool-Aid

    • Thank you, Scott. That’s very classy of you–I know the news can’t be going over very well for Oregon fans. It’s a stunning turnaroun but I’m eager to see this storied football mind (relatively) up close.

  • One of those days where Eagles fans will always remember where they were when they heard the news. I was sitting in an Uno with the wife and looked up while working on some minestrone soup. “Breaking News” on ESPN ticker. I had to read that sucker three times before I “reported” it to my wife. I simply could not believe what I was reading. Still sinking in. My initial reaction is admittedly…let’s see if he makes it through the press conference. It has been reported he agreed to the Bucs’ job a year ago prior to backing out. If he stays…will he stay? That’s the first thing I think of, if only because of some prior situations with other coaches. Maybe unfair comparing his situation to others, but he knows he’s got a dream college job no matter what he does here or how long he stays. The franchise doesn’t need a “rental” head man. Time will tell. It always does.

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