Eagles hire Chip Kelly as new head coach

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In a stunning and unexpected reversal, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly has agreed to become the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Wednesday that Kelly had taken the job, and the Eagles officially announced the hiring shortly after.

Although Kelly was the NFL’s hottest coaching candidate this year, he insisted after meeting with the Eagles and Browns that he would stay at Oregon and wouldn’t listen to any more NFL job offers this year. Apparently he changed his mind.

Kelly is one of the most respected coaches in college football, having led Oregon to BCS bowl games in each of his four seasons as the school’s head coach. But Kelly has an unconventional approach to the game that hasn’t before been seen in the NFL, and not everyone thinks his methods will work at the next level.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie didn’t make any secret of the fact that he wanted Kelly and wanted him badly. It took a lot of work, but he got his man.

135 responses to “Eagles hire Chip Kelly as new head coach

  1. well this is a very unexpected development I just hope it doesn’t mean we’ll have Mike Vick as our QB next year.

  2. Wow. That’s crazy. That’s worse than what Brian Kelly did to Cincinnati. At least BK didn’t say he wasn’t leaving. He just refused to answer questions about it. Then bolted w/o telling his players or anything. Wow Chip. You’re going to get a lot of criticism for that move!

  3. Shouldn’t the headline here be about how the Eagles are rudderless and paniced? Come on Florio, do your job.

  4. Good move by him…. he’s done as much as he could do with Oregon.

    But the move seems Pete Carroll-ish (if you will), seeing as how Oregon is set to be hit with recruiting violations soon.

    Shady hire IMO.

  5. Chip’s offense will do fine in the NFL … as long as the Eagles don’t have to play teams with the talent of Auburn, LSU, and Stanford.

  6. Haha. The Eagles have really misidentified the “trend” in the NFL. They think because there is a handful of mobile QBs the pro game is turning into the college game. Its not. Look at the games this wekend: three of the four teams remaining have tradition, drop-back, pocket passers.

    I’m not saying you CAN’T hire a college guy if he’s the best guy, but the Eagles have clearly been obsessed with the idea of hiring a college coach, and that has to be because of where they see the league trending. I strongly believe that is a huge mistake. We’ll see how it goes.

  7. I can’t wait to here all of the people in the philly,fans and media, killing chip kelly last week after he was turned down the first time to start loving this guy again. frauds.

  8. I’m glad he didn’t become the Browns head coach. This is an expensive experiment with high risk written all over it. I respect the hire, but I’m not sold on him becoming successful in the NFL.

  9. this will be a nice 2 year fill in until a bigger better job in college opens up….chip wants to see if his style will work in the NFL so he can use it in the SEC in ’15

  10. There was always a chance that his insistence he way staying was code for if you meet my salary demands I will change my mind. If you think about it say Philly offered 3 million when he met with them and he said it needs to be over 5 million…it is going to take a bit of time to bridge that gap and most likely that has happened.

  11. Trash talkers saying no one wanted the job…bam. Now stuck with just saying gimmicks don’t work. Haters going to hate. Have fun!

  12. Kelly really wanted to leave NOW. Feel like he’s pulling a Pete Carrol and leaving 1 step ahead of the law. I won’t be surprised to see Oregon hit with penalties soon. They were being investigated for some shady payments to so called talent scouts.

  13. Really? I shouldn’t be stunned, but I still am. So much for the end of Chip Kelly stories on PFT.

  14. I don’t know how well he will do in the NFL. He stumbled against good college teams when he had the players he wanted.

    What is going to happen when he doesn’t get those players and the players don’t buy in as easy as they do in college?

  15. Must have seen what the ncaa has on oregon so he bailed while could. That and the eagles gave him a boatload of cash!

  16. Wow! This just goes to show how much of a scumbag he is. You string teams and owners along, then you tell all the players that you’re coming back to Oregon, and then you go and sign with the Eagles?

    I’ve never had anything against the Eagles, and never will, it’s Kelly that is the issue! I don’t know why anyone would give him the opportunity! It’d be like your wife talking to other guys, sleeping with them, coming back to you and saying she loves you, and then runs off with the other guy!

    Good luck Kelly!

  17. Kelly just Saban’d the heck out of the Oregon fan base. Here’s hoping he doesn’t Saban the Eagles and head back to coach USC or Stanford to a few championships. That’d just be disgusting.

  18. It’s pretty clear what happened: all the news about the Eagles courting Brian Kelly got Chip Kelly all riled up. No different than when you turn down a girl you’re interested in, and another guy gets all up in her grill.

    So when he found out the job was still open, he wasn’t lettin her get away. Nice job by the Eagles brass knowing how to push Chip Kelly’s buttons.

  19. so i guess Oregon is gonna get hit w/those sanctions after all huh?

    NFL should employ a rule that any college coach that presided over a program that broke NCAA rules can not enter the league until sed sanctions have passed (ie: no soup for you, until the college sanctions are over)

    It’s BS how these scumbags can just put programs in the crapper, and then leave for what is effectively a promotion/raise…unreal

  20. I give the pistol and spread option about 3 years before defenses figure it out and it disappears. This is the first year we have really seen this. Def coordinators will look at it all off season and it will vanish or atleast fade drastically.

  21. With a name like Chip, you’d expect him to be in high tech.

    Or potatoes.

    Can we get an coordinator named “Biff?”

  22. Shock and Awe. Bring on the hater comments! Say what you will, but the Eagles got their man. They did their due dilligence by interviewing lots of candidates, but Chip Kelly was their man all along. Eagles brass met with Kelly for 9 hours. This was inevitable. Once again, the Eagles strike hard and make a statement. Can’t wait to see what happens next! Booya!

  23. Congrats to Philly on winning something this year. (even if they were the only people still playing the game in the end). I hope the guy is worth as much time as they put into getting him. My guess is the guy burned his bridges in Oregan and came crawling back. Does this mean that Philly becomes the only QB option for Tim Tebow?

  24. Wow. I remember just last week Kelly stated he was going to stay at Oregon next year. Already flip-flopping and twisting his words-the perfect successor to Andy Reid.

  25. Best case scenario it works, worst case top draft picks for a few years. I have grown to expect eagles not to win. So they are taking a chance and I can’t blame them. If it doesn’t work, oh well

  26. Eagles fans are mindless Fembots who will go along with whatever the media tells them to. Waiting to hear about how they will be in the Superbowl like every other season.

  27. By next year the read option and spread offense will be all done. The NFL defenses will figure this out over the off season.

  28. Terrible… a gimmick offense with no QB to run it…and don’t give me the Vick crap, he’s too old and injury prone now to make a real difference. I wanted to get back to basics..hard nosed, smash-mouth football. Now all I get is a gimmick and the basement for the next who-knows-how-long. This is how the Redskins must of felt.

  29. Saban- or Petrino-esque? Nah, if he’s leaving now, and it’s true that NCAA is going to come down on Oregon, it is more like Pete Carroll-esque.
    When did football in Philly become the NFL equivalent of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia?”
    I don’t like this hire, but, I hope he is better at it than Spurrier or Saban. Hope he is more like Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh.
    Since Lurie bought the team, one thing you can say – It’s never dull in Philly, my friends.

  30. I don’t believe it!!! We heard this last year about Tampa and a few weeks ago about Cleveland. So, I will wait until it is confirmed by the Eagles, Oregon or Chip to finally believe.

  31. If the offense is what they wanted, they could have just consulted with him like the Patriots did. I don’t get the infatuation with handing an NFL team over to him. He didn’t build Oregon from the ground up–he just kept them going–which is a big difference. He has zero experience of any kind in the NFL. It’s easy to imagine it being overwhelming to him. But we shall see.

  32. Worst news as an Eagles fan in my life. I am an Eagles fan and will root for them no matter what, but this will be an epic fail!! If he even considers bringing Vick back then you might as well start your next coaching search now. I am willing to bet anyone who will take it that Kelly never crosses the 7 win mark here in Philly in next 5 years. Terrible news man. terrible!!!!

  33. This has disaster written all over it simply because Chip doesn’t appear to be fully committed to making the move to the NFL. After deciding just last week to stay at Oregon, it’s clear that he’s split on this. Part of him wants to go to the NFL and part of him wants to stay in college.

    So this is shaping up to be another Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban, Bobby Petrino situation. Kelly will stay for two years and then he’ll realize how miserable he is in the NFL and then he’ll quit and go back to college. Maybe I’m wrong but this just looks like the wrong hire for Philly.

  34. Why is this a shock…if they had first reported that the NCAA is considering hammering Oregon for violations “everyone” would have seen this coming!
    Way to jump ship Cap’t Kelly…just another hyped up college coach breaking his contract to avoid his own sanctions and letting someone else clean up the mess!

  35. Kelly will either quit or be fired within 2 years….3 tops. Jeff Lurie will be standing there with egg on his face (not to mention a last place team), starting from scratch again. The only saving grace will be that Andy Reid will also fail miserably in KC.

  36. Please don’t let this mean that Vick will the quarterback. On a side note this Chip Kelly sounds like a really loyal and dedicated guy. Those
    sanctions being handed down at Oregon must really be bad.

  37. I can’t believe that they deleted a post where I wrote ‘Fly Eagles Fly Its Super Bowl time!’ I have no problem with fans of other teams that hate the Eagles, but at least this website could be more professional.

  38. The idea that this hire saved Mike Vick is ridiculous.

    He is due a roster bonus of 3m on March 1st and carries a $16.9M cap number in 2013.

    All for a QB who could possibly have run Kelly’s offense……..8 years ago.

    Don’t see it.

  39. All I can think is Gus Bradley must have absolutely TANKED that second interview. This job was his to lose and boy did he! I’m not sold on Chip and his system working in the NFL and won’t be unless we get back to the top of the division again.

  40. Love it! Let the haters hate and the whiners whine. This guy wins games and understands the importance of adapting schemes to fit personnel. He will win in Philly. Go Eagles!

  41. And suddenly Nike has an issue with supplying stock of Eagles merchandise.
    A spokesperson for the company confirmed it was only Eagles gear that burned up in the warehouse fire, they have no idea when they might be able to resume supplying Eagles stuff but estimate it could be anywhere from 3 to 5 years.

  42. Big deal. Saban and Spurrier won in college too but didn’t do squat in the pro’s. Kelly won with superior talent. He won’t have that luxury in the pros. He’ll be back in the college ranks within three years.

  43. Very interesting.. they found a coach who starts where the last left off… saying one things and doing another!!!

  44. i BLEED eagles green. my whold room is dedicated to the eagles. i know almost everything a 25 year old could know about the eagles. and jeffrey lurie i got two fingers pointing right at you. you have officially broken the final thread my heart had. it was bradly or arians….those were the guys. you chose wrong. i will forever be an eagles fan but i am boycotting all eagles apparel.

  45. Well, this DOES mean that Michael Vick probably isn’t going anywhere. Because Kelly will see what Vick can do and get enamored with him. Vick is fool’s gold but that’s the lesson that a new head coach in the NFL must learn.

    The quickest thing that Kelly can do is get a good Defensive Coordinator that can get that defense working so the team can stay in games until the offense gets clicking.

  46. with the 4th pick in the N.F.L. draft the Philadelphia Eagles select from the university of West Virginia Geno Smith.

  47. For some reason I can just hear Howie asking Chip: “So is there some way you can work Mike Vick into your offense?” Looks like I’ll be going another 2-3 years not watching the Eagles til Chippy breaks his contract and goes back to college. The team needed a tough leader like Bradley, not another guy with a pink sweater and green pants to sip drinks with Lurie on his yacht.

  48. Hate it! No surprise the Eagles went this way, they think they are smarter than everyone else.

    So let’s look at Kelly. He runs a gimmick offense, he has run Oregon into NCAA sanctions (at least reportedly), he flirted with the Eagles and Browns two weeks ago only to claim that he is going back to Oregon and basically lying to those kids.

    Yeah let’s sign this guy.

    Teams that win overwhelmingly have a traditional dropback QB and aggresive defense. That is not what this guy will bring to Philadelphia.

    Idiots!!

  49. I’m guessing this decision came shortly after his interview with the NCAA investigating committee. I wonder how that interview went….

  50. As an Eagles fan I hate this hire. I really wanted a defensive coach. One who would bring some balls to the defense that hasn’t had any balls since B-Dawk left and JJ passed away. I hate this hire WTF!

  51. Jeffery Lurie last night – “No, I don’t like this guy either……No, don’t bring any more guys in here – I want that first guy……..the first guy……the Nike guy from Oregon……..Well, give him what he wants, MAKE him want the job!”

  52. And now the Redskins will officially again become the worst team in the division for years to come. How was the ride redskin fans?

  53. Nice hire. A guy who prefers the type of small, speedy defenses that tend to get rolled over when they run into a smashmouth team. Oh, wait….

  54. It’s not about just the mobile qb it’s about running the next play in 13sec. Look at Brady Manning*2 and Flacco they are all on the verge of running all no huddle O. It fits our current personnel jax Mac coop avant celek and Coy well. This was a great hire. Now we need a DC who will bring smash mouth back to Philly!!

  55. Sigh. I have a feeling of impending doom….

    Then again, as a lifelong Eagles fan, that’s normal.

  56. You can’t trust any of them with their constant reversing. The last successful college coach that came up to the NFL was…Jimmy Johnson – Barry Switzer does not count since it was Jimmy Johnson’s team already stacked team. Jim Harbaugh has a chance, but no other one has even sniffed a championship. I think the Eagles lost on this one. Time will tell. Most college coaches know the X’s and O’s well ehough, but the going from coaching young men to REAL men is the challenge most fail at.

  57. It’s funny to me, when people refer to Chip Kelly’s offense as a “gimmick.” If you study their offense closely, there’s no gimmick there. These guys execute plays with, speed, precision, and good downfield blocking. In Kelly’s scheme the WR’s are responsible for being solid blockers, that’s why Oregon routinely leads the nation in big play yardage. They get good downfield block so they can get their speedy types in big open space. As the old adage goes, “speed kills” Kelly’s offense will feature plenty of it. DeSean Jackson will reap huge benefits from this O. The Eagles now need to draft some beefy linemen on both fronts. They have plenty of speed. I think they should get a guy like Jim Tomasula from the Niners to be their defensive coordinator.

  58. I’m shocked. They only thing I could figure is that the eagles made him a offer he countered and said take it or leave. The eagles look at the alternatives and caved. I already have a problem with his honesty. If I’m not mistaken didn’t he tell Oregon that he wasn’t leaving

  59. Kelly was not going to take the job…then he saw that Monte Kiffen was hired as the D-Coordinator in Dallas and realized he could have 2 guaranteed wins.

    Kiffen is crying today that he has to face Kelly again.

  60. godofwine330 January 16, 2013, 1:24 PM EST

    You can’t trust any of them with their constant reversing. The last successful college coach that came up to the NFL was…Jimmy Johnson – Barry Switzer does not count since it was Jimmy Johnson’s team already stacked team. Jim Harbaugh has a chance, but no other one has even sniffed a championship. I think the Eagles lost on this one. Time will tell. Most college coaches know the X’s and O’s well enough, but the going from coaching young men to REAL men is the challenge most fail at.
    ——————————————
    Do some research before saying things you wish were true. No other former NCAA coach has even sniffed a championship? All you have to do is look at the last time the Eagles hired a college coach and you’re proven wrong. That man would be Dick Vermeil. He took the Eagles to the Superbowl and won one with the Rams.

  61. “The idea that this hire saved Mike Vick is ridiculous.

    He is due a roster bonus of 3m on March 1st and carries a $16.9M cap number in 2013.

    All for a QB who could possibly have run Kelly’s offense……..8 years ago.

    Don’t see it.”

    —————————————————-
    Was it 8 years ago when Vick was runner up MVP and was unstoppable? Naw, that was 2 seasons ago bud. And with a half decent offensive line and defence, Vick will lead this team to the playoffs once again.
    Don’t you get it? This move was done to get Vick back to who he was 2 years ago. When healthy, Vick is by far the best spread option QB in the league, and probably the most dangerous QB (until RG3 develops).

    So go ahead and click thumbs down, because you all remember what he did to your teams 2 years ago, and you are scared that he’s going to do it again.

  62. Please do not keep Vick. For his entire career he is a turnover machine and can’t stay on the field health wise. Our decent offensive line will be healthy next year. Remember the line was pretty good the season before when they were all healthy and Vick still was not great. Sorry cant put all the blame on the O-line. Lets all move on from mike Vick.

  63. 76raiders says:
    Jan 16, 2013 1:30 PM

    It’s funny to me, when people refer to Chip Kelly’s offense as a “gimmick.” If you study their offense closely, there’s no gimmick there. These guys execute plays with, speed, precision, and good downfield blocking. In Kelly’s scheme the WR’s are responsible for being solid blockers, that’s why Oregon routinely leads the nation in big play yardage. They get good downfield block so they can get their speedy types in big open space. As the old adage goes, “speed kills” Kelly’s offense will feature plenty of it. DeSean Jackson will reap huge benefits from this O. The Eagles now need to draft some beefy linemen on both fronts. They have plenty of speed. I think they should get a guy like Jim Tomasula from the Niners to be their defensive coordinator.

    Stanford would disagree with you.

  64. Howie Roseman strikes out again. Why Lurie would hand over control of an NFL franchise to a guy who started as an unpaid intern with no experience is beyond understanding. Now they hire a gimmick coach who will go back to college in two years of Mike Vick and 2-14. It’s fantasy football level decision making. Makes me wonder how many of the bad decisions this season were Reid.

  65. @tedesco47

    Vick no longer scares anyone. 2 years ago is a lifetime in the world of the NFL. Obviously you forget Shaun Alexander, MVP one year – out of the league at the end of the next year. Michael Vick is done.

  66. Vick scares me, he is dangerous! Wouldnt wanna face him with the ravens or niners D.
    he messed up in his carreer and coulda done special things in atlanta, the league will probably push him out, he should stay though he is excitement!
    anyways whata i know, im seeing the next thriller in keapernick, he has an arm of legendary thrust and velocity but accurracy will only improve. Thanks Mr. Vick for your passion of the game, all apologies for them peeps that cant forgive violence!

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