Chip Kelly leaves Oregon to coach Philadelphia Eagles
Former Oregon coach Chip Kelly seemingly pulled the okie-doke move on us all.
After a hyper-driven NFL courtship, Kelly announced that he was staying to coach the Oregon Ducks.
This was a day after reports surfaced that Nike CEO/Oregon booster Phil Knight stepped in to make the school’s case.
Suddenly out-of-nowhere arrives a press release to our inbox from the Philadelphia Eagles announcing that less than two weeks later, Kelly has decided to pick up where Andy Reid left off.
Yes, the next edition of the Ducks’ campus paper will scream’ Chip Kelly leaves Oregon!’
Here is the deal from the Eagles.
“Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles,” said Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie in the statement sent to Players View. “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.”
This is how the situation came to fruition from the statement.
“He met with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, team president Don Smolenski and general manager Howie Roseman early in the head coach search in Arizona after the Fiesta Bowl for almost nine hours with both sides engaging in a wide ranging, enthusiastic discussion of everything from football philosophy to management and organizational values and ideas. The conversations continued until Kelly decided he wanted to remain at the University of Oregon.”
“Still, Kelly continued to evaluate the opportunity to work for the Eagles in the NFL.”
A press conference is being arranged as we speak and at which time more details will be made available.
Regardless of how this is spun, Kelly has lost a lot of goodwill at the University of Oregon.
Not for jumping to the NFL but for playing with the school’s emotions.