I guess we now know why Gus Bradley left Philadelphia and boarded a Jacksonville Jaguars team plane without a deal on Wednesday morning.
It appeared that the Eagles seemingly never ending parade of coaching interviews was to come to an end when Bradley met with Eagles team officials on Tuesday afternoon. And it did. But to the surprise of just about everyone, maybe even the Eagles, the coach hired wasn’t the Seahawks defensive coordinator–it was Oregon head coach Chip Kelly.
Kelly and the Eagles were obviously linked, given their much publicized marathon lunch two weekends ago. But those meetings ended with reports of Kelly heading back to Oregon and the Eagles moving on. Fast forward ten days and either the Eagles made one Hell of a last-minute pitch or Kelly had one hell of a change of heart.
Kelly, considered by many as a brilliant offensive mind, compiled a 46-7 record at Oregon, most recently leading the Ducks to a 35-17 win over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.
The Eagles have confirmed the hire via a statement made by team owner Jeffrey Lurie.
“Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles,” Eagles owner Jeff Lurie said. “He has a brilliant football mind. He motivates his team with his actions as well as his words. He will be a great leader for us and will bring a fresh, energetic approach to our team.”
Kelly will be officially introduced at a press conference to be held on Thursday.