Jeffrey Lurie was eager to move on from Chip Kelly

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Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie was eager enough to move on from Chip Kelly that he started looking at potential replacements before the team was eliminated from playoff contention last season.

Lurie acknowledged that the process that ultimately led to the hiring of Doug Pederson started before the firing of Kelly.

That research started during the season, at some point late in the season,” Lurie said, via Philly.com, “and it gave us some time to – if we needed to go this direction – be fully prepared for the search process.”

Although Lurie says he didn’t decide to fire Kelly until a Week 16 loss to Washington eliminated the Eagles from the playoffs, he does think it’s smart for an owner to have an idea of what his options are.

“So you’ve got to have it all planned out. We were ready to roll by the time a final decision was made on Chip, and that gave us both an advantage,” Lurie said.

Lurie believed enough in Kelly that he hired him as a head coach with no NFL experience, then gave him full control of the roster, the draft and free agency with no personnel experience. But as soon as that experiment failed, Lurie was smart enough to realize his mistake and prepare to move on.

61 responses to “Jeffrey Lurie was eager to move on from Chip Kelly

  1. Thank Goodness they had over a year of prep, otherwise one of the 0 other teams that interviewed Doug Peterson could have snatched him up.

  2. Who says it was smart, the guy made really bad personal decision but had this team playing much better than we got the team.

  3. ” ‘So you’ve got to have it all planned out. We were ready to roll by the time a final decision was made on Chip, and that gave us both an advantage,’ Lurie said. ….Lurie was smart enough to realize his mistake and prepare to move on.”

    But where is the obligatory tsk-tsking over how teams are not really following the Rooney Rule?

  4. Why bring Chip in in the first place if you dont have the patience to let it work out? Say what you want about Kelly but any team who courted him should of known it was going to take about 3 years…

  5. It really seems as though Pederson was the target from the get-go. They interviewed Gase and apparently liked him but I don’t blame Lurie for not wanting to give another coach full control over the roster. And McAdoo? Perhaps they really were interested but that whole situation reeked of an agent leaking news so another team (NYG) would bid faster/higher.

    I have no idea how Pederson will fare as a HC (although many self-proclaimed “experts” are already pegging him to be a failure), but I will say that a) the defense will undoubtedly reach their potential and face less strenuous field time and b) even if he’s an absolute bust it can’t be much worse than this past season.

  6. Down by 14, Doug Pederson was in no rush to score against the Patriots because he didn’t want to give the ball to Tom Brady. This is the idiot the Eagles hired to replace Chip Kelly. Good luck with that one.

  7. Jeffrey Lurie is a failure as an owner. If you truly know what’s going on, you realize that there has been over a decade of turmoil in the Eagles front office. Andy Reid went 8-8 and 4-12 his last two years with those “star” players. They didn’t play for Reid and weren’t going to play for Chip, so he got rid of them. Chip needed one more year for the roster to gel. He will be successful in SF and we will get to see Howie Roseman select more Marcus Smith-like players in the first round.

  8. I’m sure that’s very comforting to hear for Peterson. Owner is a snake plotting to fire the coach mid season. Beautiful

  9. How did the experiment fail. Back to back 10-6 seasons and a 7-9 where they actually came close to winning the division.

    I think the worst thing about Kelly is all the player relationship issues he had in the media.

    I think it would have made sense to give him 2-3 more years.

    It will be very surprising if Pederson does better than Kelly did.

  10. I undoubtedly believe that Lurie did not intend to fire Chip during the final meeting they had.
    He intended to give him a stern ‘talking to’ while relinquishing some power from Chip.

    Chipster wasn’t having that, and the two had some words.
    Then the boss fired Chip.

    It’s evident by the circus that was this HC search for the birds.
    I’m actually fine with the way things turned out, while simultaneously embarrassed and irate over this FO.

  11. You’re giving credit to a guy who promoted his coach to GM after TWO 10-win seasons and fired him from BOTH jobs less than a year later? Just admit you hate Chip, Michael.

  12. Shouldn’t make Eagle fans feel great that people say Pederson’s interview was “ordinary,” but since they couldn’t get McAdoo and after Gase had taken the Dolphin job, they panicked. Yeah, that sounds like it’s going to work out great.

  13. So, you researched candidates for 3 months and the best you came up with was Doug Pederson? Did you only google ‘kansas city offensive coordinators”?!

  14. Lurie said firing Chip Kelly before the seasons end “gave them an advantage”…….you had an “advantage” and you ended up with the least desirable coach that was hired in Pederson!!!!……Pederson had ZERO other interviews lined up, NONE……it’s really depressing being an Eagles fan anymore

  15. “Lurie was smart enough to realize his mistake and prepare to move on”.
    But not smart enough to stop Kelly from getting rid of the Eagles’ blue chip players. And the worst part is the lack of compensation the Eagles received for these players. This is just as much on Jeff Luries’ shoulders as Chip’s. If we climb all over Jerry Jones for being too hands on we have give the same treatment to owners who are so hands off that they let most of their talent just walk out of the door.

  16. Say what you want about Lurie, but he has a history of being very patient with head coaches. That really makes you wonder how bad Kelly was around there for Lurie to start looking for a replacement in Kelly’s second year.

  17. getyourownname says:
    Jan 21, 2016 10:40 AM

    But where is the obligatory tsk-tsking over how teams are not really following the Rooney Rule?
    ===

    Not sure what you’re talking about. The first person they interviewed was Duce Staley

  18. JMClarkent says:
    Jan 21, 2016 10:33 AM
    Thank Goodness they had over a year of prep, otherwise one of the 0 other teams that interviewed Doug Peterson could have snatched him up.
    =

    I actually like the hire, but that’s a funny comment.

  19. keem513 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:45 AM

    Shouldve Kept Andy
    ____________________________

    You mean the guy that lost 11 of the last 12 games when he was coach of the Eagles? You mean the guy that actually checked out a year earlier and should have been fired after the 2011 season? You mean the guy that made the OL coach defensive coordinator? You mean the guy that punted with less than two minutes left in a playoff game on 4th and 9?

    Andy Reid did a nice job for the Eagles, but that was it, and he checked out long before he was fired. And people also forget he was going to be fired after the 2008 season, but the Eagles went on the great run to the NFC Championship Game against the Cardinals, where once again Andy, who was in his 5th title game, was outcoached by a rookie coach.

    Stop it with the revisionist history on Reid.

  20. Chip Kelly the coach was good not great. Chip Kelly the GM was horrible. Just horrible.

    Just off the top of my head here’s a list of players Chip got rid of.
    LeSean Mccoy
    DeSean Jackson
    Evan Mathis
    Jeremy Maclin
    Trent Cole
    Todd Herrmann

    Most of those players are starter level NFL talent. There’s probably some I missed but the point is you don’t get rid of that much talent in such a short time frame and expect to be successful. It would be one thing if the team was unsuccessful and ownership on down a complete rebuild was in order but this was a team that finished 10-6 the past two years. No one was thinking rebuild.

  21. Lurie simply didn’t like Chip changing the timing of the company Christmas party…I’d rather have Leonard Tose sitting in an AC casino getting trashed losing millions, then this twerp….

  22. It’s amazing the media spin defining the Kelly tenure as a “failure” as if he was the 2nd coming of Rich Kotite.

    10-6, 10-6, 7-9 puts him well ahead of plenty of other coaches over the last 3 years, and his much criticized decision to move on from Foles was vindicated by Foles getting benched in St. Louis.

    No question the Demarco Murray move doesn’t look good, but would they have won more with 12 games from McCoy?

    I’d bet anything that Kelly is more successful in SF than Pederson is in Philadelphia, but even if that’s true I think Lurie gets what he wanted: A coach willing to toe the company line and not make too many waves.

  23. Wait until Colin Cowherd see this! I don’t understand why he thinks Chip is a great coach. If he can’t win the NFC East at a time when it at its worse in years he has no chance to win the NFC West. He will be gone in 2 years, 3 at the most.

  24. Ok so Jeffrey Lurie was so on top of the hiring process, they ended up with Doug who?

    Hey fault Kelly all you want he had 2 seasons where he won 10 games before last year when the OL was just horrible.

    We may long for those days before this is over!

  25. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    Jan 21, 2016 11:15 AM
    getyourownname says:
    Jan 21, 2016 10:40 AM

    But where is the obligatory tsk-tsking over how teams are not really following the Rooney Rule?
    ===
    Not sure what you’re talking about. The first person they interviewed was Duce Staley
    _____
    The question may not specifically apply to the Eagles situation, but it is a question worth asking. If the Rooney Rule is supposed to make it more likely a minority will get a chance to win a head coaching job, why did only one (Hue Jackson) have any shot whatsoever to land one of these 7 jobs? The Rooney Rule isn’t working.

  26. briang123,

    Actually we’really talking about the Andy Reid that finished 1st in the division 6 times and 2nd 4 times in 14 seasons. The guy who made the playoffs 9 of 14 times. The guy who went to KC and finished 11-5, 9-7, and 11-5 again with an offense that frankly was less talented than Philly. Also that 11-5 record his first year? That was after KC had a 2-14 record before Reid was coach. Andy Reid is a very good coach and it’s not shocking or revisionist if some felt he should have been kept.

  27. lukedunphysscienceproject

    He is trying to say it was a sham. It never ends. Everything is a conspiracy.

    There hasn’t been a white CB in the league since 2004, which was Jason Seahorn, You don’t hear about that but….you do hear about the lack of Black QB’s, Coaches..etc

    It’s funny how the double standard works.

  28. It wasn’t easy finding a coach as inept at time management as the Worst of All Time (Andy Reid) but it appears with Doug Pederson, Lurie found a guy up to the task.

  29. I applaud Mr Lurie for realizing the problem and fixing it asap.
    As a Dolphins fan we have an owner who stays with those who fail year after year thinking someday they will succeed when clearly they will and cannot.
    Chip will be back at the college within 2 years.

  30. I am glad Kelly is gone from the Eagles. I am not happy he landed in San Francisco. NFC West is tough, but Chip has never had any problem beating Pete Carroll using inferior talent. Should be interesting. There are a lot of Chip Kelly haters out there, but it is hard to dispute his impact on the game of football. From high school to the pro’s the top offenses in every league incorporates his philosophies. That hasn’t happened since Bill Walsh’s West Coast Offense… Maybe it is fitting that he ended up as the 49ers head coach.

  31. The big problem with Chip Kelly wasn’t about relationships. It wasn’t even about losing 9 games. It was about the team going backwards 3 years into his reign.

  32. Lurie has zero Super Bowl wins in 22 years as owner, and only one appearance. Yet everyone still talks about how great an owner he is. Jerry Jones won three in his first six years.

  33. I’m tempered to go back and pull up all the texts I revived from my Eagles fan friends last March during his big free agency spree. ICWT is probably there a dozen times.

  34. 26-21 is a pretty good start for a new coach with a new scheme needing new players. He received “control” after Howie fired his personnel guy and then made it clear, he didn’t want Howie to run the personnel dept because he’s an idiot. Lurie, who must have a secret love crush on Howie, said, “fine, it’s your’s now” and Chip took it, regrettably. He never wanted that responsibility. So, after a less than successful year, Howie said, “look, I told you.” Lurie said, “I’m putting Howie back in charge and Chip said, “um, hell nah!” = Fired.

    Got this from the fly on the wall, but really, I’m not sure why it’s so hard for folks to put the pieces of the puzzle together…

    Should’ve fired Davis, hired Schwartz and then fired the hell out of Howie or traded him to the Phillies..

  35. Who are all these desirable head coaches that were available? The quote on quote best guy’s claim to fame, I have a horrible offense, but Jay Cutler threw less interceptions OR I have the best QB in the NFC east, but we lost 10 games. Not sure how Pedersen will do, but get real people.

  36. Eager to move on from a coach that took your garbage 29th ranked offense and took it to to top 5 2 of the 3 he coached in Philly… ok. Then you hire who? from where? 49ers scored.

  37. “So you’ve got to have it all planned out”. – if you would have had it “all planned out” you would have never hired Chip to begin with.
    Good Luck with this owner Philly Phan. Maybe when he sells the team you’ll have a chance.

  38. Pedersen is moving into the best possible of all situations. If he loses, it’s Chip’s fault. If he wins with Chip’s roster, he’s a genius. That ought to give him 3 seasons.

  39. Of course he was looking at options. I have to assume most owners do every year. The alternative would be making a snap decision with no foresight.

  40. opiedamus says:
    Jan 21, 2016 12:53 PM

    26-21 is a pretty good start for a new coach with a new scheme needing new players. He received “control” after Howie fired his personnel guy and then made it clear, he didn’t want Howie to run the personnel dept because he’s an idiot. Lurie, who must have a secret love crush on Howie, said, “fine, it’s your’s now” and Chip took it, regrettably. He never wanted that responsibility. So, after a less than successful year, Howie said, “look, I told you.” Lurie said, “I’m putting Howie back in charge and Chip said, “um, hell nah!” = Fired.

    Got this from the fly on the wall, but really, I’m not sure why it’s so hard for folks to put the pieces of the puzzle together…

    Should’ve fired Davis, hired Schwartz and then fired the hell out of Howie or traded him to the Phillies..
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Your fly on the wall got swatted…I’m sure they envisioned him letting McLin and McCoy go. I’m sure they envisioned a WR corp with the likes of Mile Austin. And got nothing in return. His new scheme had the players he needed and then he let them go. He failed to effectively address the defense by allowing Davis to run that stupid scheme….you know the one, let’s single cover Dez and Megatron, the one that gave up 10 TD passes…get real. I wanted Chip to succeed because I want Philly to win the SB. This season, his team resembled Andy’s last team. They were confused, they looked uninspired. Simply put, it was a mess and for Kelly to once again say he didn’t want complete control illustrates that he had no control of any of it.

  41. Chip is starting to look like Jabba the hut. With his 24 mil on hand, you think he could take his own advice, lay off the pizza, get in shape (try one of your spinach smoothies Chip), and buy a decent suit. Set an example. Even Rex was capable of that.

  42. From stats on NFL.com
    Time of possession:
    #32 – San Fransisco: 26:42 minutes per game
    #31 – Philadelphia 26.06 minutes per game

  43. San Francisco, with five super bowl trophies in their case, is happy to have Chip Kelly. Jeffrey Lurie, with zero super bowl trophies is glad he got rid of Chip Kelly. I’d say Lurie has a credibility issue. Kelly has been a big winner at every stop.

  44. After this latest Lurie move with Chip, its obvious where the problem has been since the Reed?McNabb days…..Lurie!! Chip was right, there were a bunch of hot shots that were ruining the team before he got there (They were a losing team when he got there by the way, under an A+ coach i might add) and he got rid of the loud mouth selfish bums. As a Philly fan, look for Philly to suck for some time into the future after this move.

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