Philadelphia Eagles Will Reportedly Consider Chip Kelly to Replace Andy Reid

Alex KayCorrespondent IDecember 23, 2012

BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 10:  Head Coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Duck looks on during pre-game warm ups before their NCAA College football game against the California Golden Bears at California Memorial Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles haven’t fired coach Andy Reid quite yet, but it’s being reported that the team brass is currently looking into Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly as a potential replacement.’s Jason La Canfora has found that sources close to the situation and executives around the NFL believe that the Eagles will move quickly to interview the coveted collegiate coach and try to pry Kelly away from the Ducks program he has been with for the past four seasons.

The 49-year-old Kelly is 45-7 during his tenure at Oregon, the first head-coaching job of his career. He’s widely regarded as an offensive innovator, and a number of NFL teams have had him on their radar since shortly after he took over in Eugene back in 2009.

This is yet another sign that Reid’s 14-year run as head coach in Philadelphia is expected to come to an end following another disappointing season. Through 14 games of the 2012 campaign, the Eagles have a dismal 4-10 record and have already been eliminated from postseason contention for the second straight season.

While injuries, poor personnel decisions and other mishaps can be blamed for the struggles in Philadelphia, Reid certainly isn’t blameless, and a change of scenery for the coach would likely be best for both parties at this juncture.

It’s unknown when the Eagles will try and bring in Kelly for an interview, as the Ducks are currently preparing to take on Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl on January 3.

One reason Kelly may finally be interested in bringing his fast-paced offensive scheme to the NFL is that Oregon is reportedly (per La Canfora) facing possible sanctions that could harm the coach’s chances of sustaining the program’s success.

While Kelly turned down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers job last offseason, there’s likely a higher probability that he is more willing to listen to NFL offers this coming spring.

He’ll have his work cut out for him if he agrees to take over the Eagles, as rookie quarterback Nick Foles is a project, and much of the "Dream Team’s" roster will be in flux as drastic changes are being made.


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