Philadelphia Eagles Choose Chip Kelly as Coach
Chip Kelly, a top candidate, will replace Andy Reid as new coach of Philadelphia Eagles, team announced Wednesday.
The search is over.
Chip Kelly has been named the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
ESPN and the Philadelphia Inquirer first reported the hiring of Kelly, which the team then confirmed on its website around 12:30 p.m. A press conference has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m., the team said.
The University of Oregon coach was considered among the team's top choices by owner Jeff Lurie but announced after his interview with the Birds that he was staying put.
Well, those plans have changed. It may be due to the fact that the University of Oregon was facing NCAA sanctions.
Kelly coached at the University of Oregon for four years and recently won the Fiesta Bowl. He will be the 21st coach in Philadelphia Eagles history.
“Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles,” said owner Jeffrey Lurie in a press release reported in the Inquirer. “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.”
The Birds brass conducted an exhaustive search, interviewing college candidates like Bill O'Brien of Penn State, former NFL coaches like Lovie Smith and Brian Billick and top coordinators like Jay Gruden and Mike Nolan.
The team seemed sweet on Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who was flown in for a second interview Tuesday.
Reid served 14 years as coach, replacing Ray Rhodes after the 1998 season.
Reid, the winningest coach in franchise history, took a job as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs a week after being fired by the Eagles after the team finished 4-12. The Eagles finished 8-8 last season.