Eagles Pick Oregon’s Kelly As New Coach Over Hawks Bradley
Oregon coach Chip Kelly will be the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, league sources told ESPN. Kelly re-emerged as a candidate recently and an agreement was just reached Wednesday. The Eagles had interviewed Kelly early in its search for a replacement for longtime coach Andy Reid, talking to the coach in Arizona after the Ducks' 35-17 Fiesta Bowl victory over Kansas State. But sources had told ESPN after the meeting that Kelly had decided to stay at Oregon. The school never made an official announcement regarding Kelly's employment with the team, however. Just yesterday it was reported that Seahawks defensive co-ordinator Gus Bradley was the leading candidate, ESPN's John Clayton reported that Bradely was at owner Jeffrie Lurie's house last night and that Bradley was the pick. That chaged today when Kelly came back into the picture. Kelly is 46-7 in four years as head coach at Oregon. The Ducks have been to four straight BCS bowl games -- including a bid for the national championship against Auburn two seasons ago -- and have won three Pac-12 championships. He originally came to the Ducks in 2007 as offensive coordinator under Mike Bellotti. Before that, he was offensive coordinator at New Hampshire, where he started devising the innovative hurry-up offense the Ducks are known for today. Oregon finished last season 12-1. The team was ranked No. 1 and appeared headed for another shot at the national championship until a 17-14 overtime loss to Stanford on Nov. 17.