If University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly decides to make the jump to the NFL after this season, one of his former players feels he would be a good fit with the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I think the fans here would love him. They would love his attitude, his go-get-it mentality,” Matthews said.
Matthews wasn’t saying that current head coach Andy Reid should, or would, be fired but was merely responding to a question of if Kelly would fit into the Philadelphia sports landscape. Matthews played under Kelly all four years at Oregon — two as offensive coordinator and two years as head coach after being promoted in 2009.
Kelly was offered the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coaching job last year but ultimately turned it down to remain with the Ducks. Several teams could be pursuing Kelly this year if he again tests the NFL waters. The Eagles are one team thought to have interest in the Oregon head coach.
“The way he carries himself, the way his mindset is, I think they’ll really like him here,” Matthews said.