The Philadelphia Eagles have hired Chip Kelly to be their next head coach.
For the past two weeks NFL analysts and pundits have lamented about the lack of interest being shown by big name coaching candidates towards Andy Reid’s old position. Chip Kelly, Bill O’Brien and Brian Kelly were all rumored to be possible options for Philadelphia, and yet for one reason or another all of them spurned the organization.
A few days ago there were even some rumblings that the disinterested manner in which prospective candidates were approaching this job stemmed from how general manager Howie Roseman was perceived around various football circles.
So much for that theory.
The most amazing thing about the Eagles landing Kelly isn’t so much the perseverance and determination they showed in pursuing their man – it’s the fact that they were able to keep it a secret for as long as they did. Various sports outlets began reporting this move no sooner than half an hour before it was officially announced.
Chip Kelly is the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, according to league sources. No announcement yet.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 16, 2013
Now official: Eagles announce they hired Chip Kelly as 21st Head Coach in franchise history.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 16, 2013
Can confirm ESPN report that Oregon's Chip Kelly has agreed to coach the Eagles. Wow. That's a stunner. Eagles get their guy in the end.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 16, 2013
Eagles make it official by announcing Chip Kelly as their head coach. Owner Jeffrey Lurie gets the man he wanted all along.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 16, 2013
“Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles,” said owner Jeffrey Lurie of the hire. “He has a brilliant football mind. He motivates his team with his actions as well as his words. He will be a great leader for us and will bring a fresh, energetic approach to our team.”
Kelly took over the reins at Oregon in 2009 and molded the program into one of college football’s most notorious powerhouses. In four years as head coach he compiled a winning percentage of nearly 87 percent.
The 49-year-old’s most appealing quality, without question, is the way he can turn relative unknowns on the offensive side into stars. It will be interesting to see what this means for who the Eagles line up at starting quarterback next year.