The Eagles ended their 2012 season with a record of only 4-12, so on December 31, 2012 they fired head coach Andy Reid and began the search for a replacement. One of the main coaches Philadelphia was pursuing was Chip Kelly, head coach of the University of Oregon Ducks. Yes, this college coach is moving up to coach the big leagues. In his 4 years as coach Chip Kelly lead the Ducks to a 46-7 record, as well as just beating Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl to end the 2012 season.
After the bowl Kelly was ready to be interviewed. Kelly said, “I know that people want to talk to me because of our players. The success of our football program has always been about our guys. It’s an honor for someone to say they’d want to talk to me about maybe moving on to go coach in the National Football League. But it’s because of what those guys do. I’ll listen, and we’ll see.” Kelly talked with Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Buffalo but decided to stay with the University of Oregon. Then Kelly changed his mind and agreed to move up to the NFL and coach for Philadelphia. Though I am sure Oregon is sad to see Chip Kelly go they are keeping it classy and wishing him the best. The university’s athletic director Rob Mullens said, “I want to thank Chip for his leadership and commitment to building on the Oregon Football foundation of excellence. We have enjoyed incredible success over the past four years. I have great respect for Chip, consider him a friend and wish him the best of luck in the NFL.”
The Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie is very excited to have Kelly as the new head coach. Lurie said, “Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles. 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.”
Chip Kelly has no experience coaching an NFL team so I would not expect immediate success, but with his “football mind” I bet the Eagles will have a much better season in 2013 than they did in 2012.