Chip Kelly’s Era Begins in Philadelphia
(NEW YORK) — The Eagles got their number one guy and introduced him on Thursday. Chip Kelly will take over in Philadelphia after Andy Reid spent 14 seasons there. Kelly interviewed for the job, was offered the job, turned the job down before accepting the offer Wednesday.
“It’s a really exciting time for me,” said Kelly. “Obviously there’s not many opportunities to coach in the National Football League, there’s 32 opportunities, and it’s a special situation.”
The Eagles targeted Kelly from day one and have faith that he is the one who will be able to work with skilled players on offense after his four seasons with the Oregon Ducks.
“It’s about putting them in situations where they can be successful,” said Kelly. “Our offense is always going to tailored to who’s playing.”
Reid led the Eagles to a Super Bowl in 2004 and went 130-93-1. Kelly said that Reid sent him a text message on Wednesday after news broke that he’d be the new head coach.
“(He) just told me what this organization’s all about,” said Kelly. “I told him (Andy Reid) I have really really big shoes to fill and in typical Andy fashion, he said, ‘Just be yourself, you’ll be fine’.”
During his four years at Oregon, Kelly went 46-7 and led the Ducks to four straight BCS bowl games.
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