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Pursuit of Chip Kelly resumed last Tuesday

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On the same day the Eagles interviewed Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, they dusted off their pursuit of Oregon coach Chip Kelly.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Eagles resumed contact with Chip Kelly’s agent, David Dunn, on Tuesday night, January 8.  The decision to reach out again to Chip Kelly came after the interview with Brian Kelly, which occurred in Nashville that same day.

The communications between Dunn and G.M. Howie Roseman (with owner Jeffrey Lurie involved from time to time) continued until the process accelerated within the last 30 hours.

Until very recently, the Eagles believed there was a remote chance Chip Kelly would take the job.  Even after a nine-hour meeting with Chip Kelly at the Four Seasons in Scottsdale, Arizona on Saturday, January 5, the Eagles did not believe Chip Kelly would leave Oregon.

Chip Kelly apparently didn’t, either.  But something he heard in the last couple of days changed that.

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  1. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Jan 16, 2013 2:18 PM

    Can you in fact hear dollar signs?

  2. johnnyjagfan says: Jan 16, 2013 2:23 PM

    Phil Knight wants an explanation.

  3. gregerss says: Jan 16, 2013 2:27 PM

    The hammer is about to come down on Oregon. Basically, he pulled a Pete Carroll.

  4. crubenst says: Jan 16, 2013 2:28 PM

    Maybe, just maybe, the Eagles were doing their due diligence to interview many candidates and used Kelly’s apparent interest in staying with Oregon as an excuse not to make him an offer right away. Once they decided he was the best candidate, they finally offered him the position. IF that’s the case, well done.

  5. janvanflac says: Jan 16, 2013 2:29 PM

    Ok now that that’s done, can we please change the unis back to “Kelly” green?

  6. lambeauphan says: Jan 16, 2013 2:29 PM

    NCAA sanctions at Oregon in 3….2…..1……

  7. bucrightoff says: Jan 16, 2013 2:29 PM

    Chip Kelly apparently didn’t, either. But something he heard in the last couple of days changed that.
    __________________________________
    Yes, it was something to the effect of…

    “Excuse me, Mr. Kelly, the NCAA Infractions Office is on line two”

    “Oh snap, get me the Eagles double quick on line one”

  8. pastabelly says: Jan 16, 2013 2:34 PM

    “But something he heard in the last couple of days changed that.”

    Sanctions for Oregon.

  9. wearewhowethoughtwewere says: Jan 16, 2013 2:34 PM

    Jim Haslam must feel like Holmgren last year with the whole RGIII draft situation.

  10. patsfanforlife says: Jan 16, 2013 2:34 PM

    Can you say NCAA sanctions?

  11. supremecomander says: Jan 16, 2013 2:35 PM

    Like I said, Chip Kelly got jealous that his brother from another mother Brian Kelly was movin in on his jig. Figured he would be stuck at Oregon while BK enjoyed the limelight of the NFL got his priorities straight.

  12. det5899 says: Jan 16, 2013 2:35 PM

    Yeah, NCAA suspensions.

  13. mlenenski says: Jan 16, 2013 2:38 PM

    If Jim Harbaugh can succeed, so can Chip Kelly.

    The turnaround of San Francisco has been pretty indicative of what a good coach can do with pro talent.

    But you have to have a very good quarterback….

  14. regulator2 says: Jan 16, 2013 2:38 PM

    I hope it was personnel control taken away from Howie.

  15. krusher33 says: Jan 16, 2013 2:39 PM

    The right amount of money will get anyone to listen.

  16. canetic says: Jan 16, 2013 2:42 PM

    He heard that he would never be taken seriously as a potential NFL coach again after this season. This is actually good news for the U as Chip Kelly will decide to coach there once he’s fired from the Eagles so they can hire Al Golden in a couple years.

  17. dowhatifeellike says: Jan 16, 2013 2:42 PM

    …wasn’t that the day after Billick’s 8-hour interview? Telling.

  18. 1509lucky says: Jan 16, 2013 2:42 PM

    Fine by me! Now throw some cash at an strong Defensive Coordinator like Smith or Crennel and we just might be on to something here.

  19. slartibartfast4242 says: Jan 16, 2013 2:44 PM

    “But something he heard in the last couple of days changed that.”

    Yeah, he heard about the NCAA sanctions.

  20. gacoltfan says: Jan 16, 2013 2:44 PM

    That something he heard was his secretary saying, “Mr. Kelly, NCAA compliance office is on line 2″.

  21. ccjcsr says: Jan 16, 2013 2:44 PM

    He heard opportunity knocking, but unfortuantely this won’t end well!

  22. tigrrrr says: Jan 16, 2013 2:46 PM

    eagles still have vick…they will lose

  23. flavordave says: Jan 16, 2013 2:47 PM

    Back to last place there Redskins. Eagles moving on up!

  24. itsnotforme says: Jan 16, 2013 2:50 PM

    Just a hunch that this guy is a great college coach, but will struggle in the NFL. Not sure his strategy will work in the big leagues. I’m thinking at’s all about the money.

  25. burgundyandgold says: Jan 16, 2013 2:50 PM

    Boy, I remember being really excited when the Redskins hired Spurrier. He was going to revolutionize the NFL and we were going to experience a return to greatness (a level the Eagles have never acheived). I don’t recall that it worked out like I thought it would though…

  26. charger88 says: Jan 16, 2013 2:50 PM

    Everyone seems to think that Chip Kelly won’t leave Oregon and that Knight is some how pulling strings behind the scenes with more $. I think this all comes down to control. Parcells said it best. These executives/owners want you to cook the dinner but they wont let you do the grocery shopping. Chip Kelly’s offense requires specific players to run that scheme and if they won’t let him have control over personal, why should he take the job? I’d bet this is why it fell apart with Kelly in Tampa Bay last year too. Philly makes the most sense with Kelly’s offense and they know it but he’s not going anywhere if he doesn’t have final say over future players. Bet on it.

  27. riflemanlax says: Jan 16, 2013 2:51 PM

    I’m sure he heard something about the NCAA coming down hard on Oregon.

  28. nyyjetsknicks says: Jan 16, 2013 2:53 PM

    Doesn’t this really hurt Oregon? It’s pretty late to start looking for a head coach.

  29. packerbackernj says: Jan 16, 2013 2:53 PM

    Keep on circling that drain

  30. 20bdawk says: Jan 16, 2013 2:54 PM

    Sounds to me like NCAA sanctions coming Oregons way. At least that is what I heard Pete Caroll say!

  31. popdawg99 says: Jan 16, 2013 2:56 PM

    Let’s do some real reporting and find out how much he is getting paid because that could be the motivating factor that changed his mind.

  32. ace8842 says: Jan 16, 2013 3:18 PM

    One thing is for sure. Jason La Canfora and Jon Clayton should be ashamed of themselves. Those guys who were ripping Howie Roseman as GM, who said Chip Kelly wasn’t that impressed with the Eagles…they could not have been more wrong. Playback what Clayton said a little over a week ago and he would be uttterly humiliated. Very hard to tell this time of year who is telling the truth or throwing out false stories. It sounds like Roseman’s persistence helped land Kelly in Philly.

  33. chuckiesez says: Jan 16, 2013 3:53 PM

    I think that Ray Charles could have seen this coming, and God rest his soul, he is dead, blind, and buried. Anytime a coach says “I’m not interested in leaving this fine institution and these great young men, etc etc” chances are his bags are by the door and the limo is rolling, trying to beat the NCAA cops to the front door !!There are only a hanful of QB’s in the league capable of running his system, and the jobs in S.F., Carolina, Washington and Seattle were already filled. I assume that Vick had to get on board with this hire and promise to play like he did 10 yrs ago, and to take a huge pay cut. If Vick is out or not capable, look for another Spurrier type record and a return to college in 3 yrs or less

  34. cowboyhater says: Jan 16, 2013 3:55 PM

    flavordave says: Jan 16, 2013 2:47 PM

    Back to last place there Redskins. Eagles moving on up!

    ——————————————————————-

    There’s 2 other teams in the division. So what you are saying is that iggles will place 3rd? I’ve got two words Mr. 3rd Place……Steve Spurrier. Have fun with that college coach.

  35. mazblast says: Jan 16, 2013 3:55 PM

    ace8842 says:

    One thing is for sure. Jason La Canfora and Jon Clayton should be ashamed of themselves. Those guys who were ripping Howie Roseman as GM, who said Chip Kelly wasn’t that impressed with the Eagles…they could not have been more wrong. Playback what Clayton said a little over a week ago and he would be uttterly humiliated. Very hard to tell this time of year who is telling the truth or throwing out false stories. It sounds like Roseman’s persistence helped land Kelly in Philly.
    —————————————
    Yeah, tell me the last time ESPN “reporters” admitted that they were wrong with one of their reporters. To hear them tell it, they are always first and always right–even when someone else says it before them and/or gets the facts straight and they don’t. To say otherwise is heresy, sacrilege, and apostasy.

    I’m now waiting for PFT to take back some of their remarks about the Eagles being “clueless”.

  36. sguy2130 says: Jan 16, 2013 4:05 PM

    Wow, sounds like Kelly got desperate at the 11th hour and so did the Eagles. Not exactly a recipe for success…. or maybe it will at least be a success for Chip Kelly & his agent when he is collecting paychecks two years after he has been fired by Philly. Then he can return back to Oregon when the sanctions have been lifted.

  37. jakethesnake57 says: Jan 16, 2013 4:05 PM

    Just saw comments from Oregon’s D Coordinator. “In 4 years Kelly never talked to me during games, never attended a defensive meeting, never mentioned when we played poorly or played well”.
    So in other words Kelly doesn’t give a crap about defense. In the NFL he’ll have seven picks in the draft and a budget for free agency. How much of that will be spent on Defense?
    Kelly’s got the hot offense right now but it will eventually be solved and Kelly will be one more failed NFL coach.

  38. thesmedman says: Jan 16, 2013 4:53 PM

    What dc in his right mind will work for this guy?

    Or are they going to have a hc – offense and hc – defense?

  39. gustwo says: Jan 16, 2013 4:57 PM

    Seems to me all I’ve been reading on here is that Chip Kelly was their first choice, and now they’ve landed their first choice. Looks like they knew exactly what they were doing, now didn’t they.

  40. mungman69 says: Jan 16, 2013 4:57 PM

    He said that he needed time to think about it. He also talked to the Seattle and San Francisco head coaches.

  41. mackcarrington says: Jan 16, 2013 5:52 PM

    If the comments concerning the Oregon D-coordinator are correct, it would seem that whomever gets the Eagles DC job will be able to run his own program with impunity. Lovie Smith wants to hold out for a HC job next year if he has to, but he would , in effect, be as independent as a head coach if he took the Philly DC job.

  42. coachbeck says: Jan 16, 2013 10:28 PM

    Please sign Tebow eagles please . Vick will get hurt then on comes Tebow. Nick Foles new QB in KC lol

  43. mungman69 says: Jan 17, 2013 5:28 AM

    Tebow isn’t going to Philly. Who would want him?

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