NFC East: Eagles Hire Oregon’s Chip Kelly

The Eagles have reportedly hired University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly to fill the vacancy left by the firing of Andy Reid.

Kelly had been interviewed earlier this month by the Eagles and turned down their initial offer. Apparently, he’s had a change of heart….

From Rueben Frank of CSNPhilly:

In a stunning reversal, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, who withdrew from the Eagles’ head coaching search on Jan. 6 after interviewing and announced he was returning to Oregon, has accepted an offer to become head coach of the Eagles, the team announced Tuesday.

Kelly, 49, replaces Andy Reid, fired Dec. 31 after 14 seasons.

Kelly had a 46-7 record in four seasons as head coach at Oregon after serving two years as offensive coordinator under Mike Bellotti. He has no NFL playing or coaching experience.

Kelly quickly emerged as the Eagles’ top candidate to replace Reid, and he was hotly pursued by both the Eagles and the Browns, led by estranged former team president Joe Banner before announcing he was returning to Eugene.

By landing Kelly, the Eagles didn’t just add one of the most coveted coaches on any level, they effectively ended speculation that their franchise was not an attractive one for top coaching candidates.

“Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles,” Eagles owner Jeff Lurie said. “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.”