Reports: Eagles hire Chip Kelly as new head coach
Posted by Michael David Smith on January 16, 2013, 12:07 PM EST
In a stunning and unexpected reversal, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly has reportedly agreed to become the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
ESPNís Chris Mortensen reported on Wednesday that Kelly had taken the job. Neither the Eagles nor Oregon has confirmed the news, but several reports have since confirmed that Kelly has accepted the Eaglesí offer.
Although Kelly was the NFLís hottest coaching candidate this year, he insisted after meeting with the Eagles and Browns that he would stay at Oregon and wouldnít listen to any more NFL job offers this year. Apparently he changed his mind.
Kelly is one of the most respected coaches in college football, having led Oregon to BCS bowl games in each of his four seasons as the schoolís head coach. But Kelly has an unconventional approach to the game that hasnít before been seen in the NFL, and not everyone thinks his methods will work at the next level.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie didnít make any secret of the fact that he wanted Kelly and wanted him badly. It took a lot of work, but apparently he got his man.