Just 10 days after telling Oregon officials that he would remain with the Ducks, Chip Kelly has been hired as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
“Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles,” Eagles’ Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. “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.”
This story has had several twists and turns over the past few weeks.
In addition to Philadelphia, Kelly interviewed with the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills. He was once thought to be close to inking a deal with the Browns head coach, but that never materialized. Following a nine-hour interview with the Eagles brass, Kelly was then thought to be leaning there, but later told Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens that he decided to remain with Oregon.
Kelly replaces Andy Reid, who was fired following a 4-12 season. He was set to make approximately $4 million at Oregon next season.
In four seasons at Oregon, the 49-year old Kelly compiled a 46-7 record. The Ducks were 12-1 this past season after winning the Fiesta Bowl, its fourth BCS game in as many years.