On Wednesday afternoon the Philadelphia Eagles surprised the football world as they hired Oregon head coach Chip Kelly to be the team's next head coach after firing Andy Reid last month. Chris Mortensen of ESPN first reported the move, and the Eagles followed up a few hours later to announce the move officially.
Kelly apparently changed his mind about coaching in the NFL this season after it was announced after interviews with the Eagles and Cleveland Browns that he would stay at Oregon for another season. At the beginning of the offseason for the teams that did not make the playoffs, it was assumed that Kelly would leave Oregon due to potential sanctions that could be placed on the football program before the 2013 season. In addition, Kelly was thought to be a hot commodity with his stock arguably never being higher entering this offseason.
Kelly's high-powered, no-huddle, fast paced offense did wonders for Oregon as they have been one of the best football programs at the college level in recent years. Some believe that Kelly's offense cannot work at the NFL level, but even in small bursts it could be very effective. Teams such as the New England Patriots have studied Oregon's offense and used pieces of it to adapt into their own game plans.
The Eagles announced on Wednesday that there will be a press conference on Thursday afternoon at 1:30 pm to introduce Kelly as the new head coach.
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