Chip Kelly is the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. The team made the announcement Wednesday, despite earlier reports that he passed on the offer, opting to stay on at the University of Oregeon.
“Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles,” says Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie in a statement. “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 had a 46-7 record in his four years coaching the Oregon Ducks, leading the team to a 2013 Fiesta Bowl victory over Kansas State. After that game, Chip said he would begin considering NFL offers, but eventually chose to stay on with Oregon, making the Philadelphia announcement a reversal in course.
USA Today quotes a source close to the situation as saying Coach Kelly “had a change of heart.” Who thinks perhaps Philadelphia’s accountants had a change of heart?
The Eagles fired head coach Andy Reid on “Black Monday” after the end of a 4-12 season. Reid was quickly snapped up by the Kansas City Chiefs.