Chip Kelly landed in Philadelphia early last night and was greeted by several rabin Eagles fans eager to get a glimpse at their team’s new head coach. As Kelly stepped off the plane, assisted by general manager Howie Roseman and president Don Smolenski, he was handed his patent visor and stopped briefly to speak with gathered media.
Kelly spoke about what ultimately led him to Philadelphia.
“The challenge is what I was excited about and that’s why I came,” he said. “I was sold on the Eagles the first time I met them, it was my ties to Oregon that made it hard. But the Eagles are the Eagles. This is the NFL.”
Kelly, contradicting prior suggestions by some league insiders and reporters, believes Phiadelphia affords him the opportunity to win big at the next level.
“My dream is to just win, and with the Eagles, this was the best opportunity for me to win. I never thought a long time ago that I was going to be able to coach in the NFL but I’m excited about the opportunity,” he said.
And as for those fans who assembled despite the cold and dreary January conditions?
“I know it’s a rabid fan base,” Kelly said. “I hope they don’t boo me. It’s an exciting time and I’m ready to get to work.”