ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that the Philadelphia Eagles have hired Chip Kelly as their next head coach.
Chip Kelly is the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, according to league sources. No announcement yet.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 16, 2013
- Eagles’ PR have confirmed that Chip Kelly will be their next head coach.
- Mike Garafolo reports that Kelly had a “change of heart” yesterday.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie:
“Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles. He has a brilliant football mind.“
Jay Glazer reports that after talks between Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly and the Eagles broke down, they restarted their talks with Chip Kelly, but the discussions “never got serious until last 24 hours.”
This news comes out of nowhere as Kelly opted to remain at Oregon a few weeks ago. Kelly was reportedly interested in the Eagles job all along, but it makes you wonder what forced him to reconsider his decision to remain at Oregon. Eagles’ owner Jeffery Lurie may have upped his offer or potential NCAA sanctions could have played a part in Kelly’s decision, but that’s based purely on speculation.