According to a ProFootballTalk.com report the Eagles’ surprising hiring of former Oregon coach Chip Kelly wasn’t exactly as out-of-the-blue as it seemed. According to the report, the Eagles had been in contact with Kelly since last Tuesday, two days after it was reported that he would return to the University of Oregon for another season.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Eagles resumed contact with Chip Kelly’s agent, David Dunn, on Tuesday night, January 8. The decision to reach out again to Chip Kelly came after the interview with Brian Kelly, which occurred in Nashville that same day.
The communications between Dunn and G.M. Howie Roseman (with owner Jeffrey Lurie involved from time to time) continued until the process accelerated within the last 30 hours.
Amazingly, as the Eagles interviewed coaches such as Lovie Smith, Ken Whisenhunt, and Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, the team left open the possibility for Kelly’s change of heart. Whether or not the strategy proves to be fortuitous will play out, but in the end the Eagles’ patient and persistent approach netted them the coach that they wanted from the very start.