Chip Kelly Will Be Philadelphia Eagles' New Head Coach

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2013

The Philadelphia Eagles' long, exhaustive search for a head coach has ended with Chip Kelly getting the job, according to a report from the team's official website.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in the report that Kelly is exactly what this franchise needs right now. 

Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles. 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.

Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer noted that Kelly is, in fact, the guy the Eagles have wanted for the job ever since Andy Reid was fired after the season.

Chip Kelly confirmed next Eagles coach. From the beginning of process, this is the guy they wanted. 16 days, but worked as team wanted

— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) January 16, 2013

Kelly, who has been head coach at the University of Oregon since 2009, originally interviewed with the Eagles more than two weeks ago, but he had reportedly decided to stay with the Ducks. 

The Eagles had been exploring every possible avenue in their search for a new head coach, interviewing 11 candidates in all. They took their time in making this decision, but apparently Kelly was the one who presented them with everything they needed.

One aspect of Kelly’s style that likely attracted the Eagles is the uptempo pace with which Oregon has played. The NFL is shifting towards a more open, option-based offensive style that Kelly has had incredible success with over the last four seasons.

During Kelly’s time as head coach at Oregon, the team has frequently finished in the top 10 in scoring offense. The Ducks finished second with 49.6 points per game in 2012.

In addition their success on the offensive side of the ball, Kelly has built the Ducks into one of the most consistent programs in all of college football. They have played in a BCS game in each of his four seasons as head coach.

Moving to the Eagles will present Kelly with a number of challenges right away. This team was thought to be one of the best in the NFC in 2012, but injuries and poor performance dropped them to 4-12.

The biggest decision that Kelly will have to make is with quarterback Michael Vick. His style would seem to fit the Kelly model we saw at Oregon, but salary cap constraints and Vick’s injury history could cause them to go in a different direction.