After firing head coach Andy Reid after 14 seasons, the Philadelphia Eagles immediately targeted arguably the most sought after coach available on the open market in Oregon’s Chip Kelly.
Unfortunately for the Eagles organization, Kelly decided to return to Oregon rather than taking over for Reid in Philadelphia. The book appeared to be closed with Kelly apparently satisfied with coaching on the college level rather than making the jump to the NFL.
On Wednesday, Kelly changed his tune on coaching at the next level by accepting the head coaching position of the Eagles according to ESPN.com:
The Eagles have hired Chip Kelly after he originally chose to stay at Oregon.
Kelly becomes the 21st coach in team history and replaces Andy Reid, who was fired Dec. 31 after a 4-12 season.
The Eagles interviewed more candidates for their head coaching vacancy than most of the teams in the league on the prowl for a new head coach. Although plenty of candidates interviewed for the job, it appears Philadelphia was holding out hope that Kelly would reconsider.
Kelly will have a tough task ahead of him in Philadelphia with the team coming off a four-win season. The Eagles are a very talented team on both sides of the football, but haven’t been able to put it together over the last two seasons with Reid calling the shots on the sidelines.
The Eagles organization feels as if Kelly is the right man for the job with an unorthodox and success offensive philosophy that worked to perfect during his four years with the Ducks.
The real question moving forward for Kelly and the Eagles is whether or not the team will hold onto veteran quarterback Michael Vick. With Kelly now the head coach in Philadelphia, Vick might be an ideal quarterback for his system and may be able to keep his job under center for at least one more season as a result.