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.

43 responses to “Pursuit of Chip Kelly resumed last Tuesday

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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….

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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…

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

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

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

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    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.

  12. 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.
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    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”.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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