Philadelphia Eagles: Chip Kelly Named Coach After All

Bill Riccette@@Bill_RiccetteCorrespondent IJanuary 16, 2013

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Head coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks participates in a post-game press conference after they defeated the Kansas State Wildcats 35 to 17 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Per ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Chip Kelly will be named head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

What. A. Stunner.

After originally saying that he would return to Oregon, Kelly has decided to jump to the NFL and will replace Andy Reid in Philadelphia.

Kelly inherits a Philadelphia team that went 4-12 in 2012, but he must have been intrigued by the talent of the roster and the fact that the Eagles hold the fourth overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

Questions will obviously arise about whether Kelly's offense can work in the NFL. While it may not be the exact style that he ran at Oregon, Kelly is a smart enough man to create some style based on his Oregon offense that can work in the NFL.

Just like at Oregon, Kelly will have athletic players at running back (LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown) and wide receiver (DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin). The question now is who will play quarterback. Keep in mind that the Eagles can wipe Michael Vick completely off their books if they cut him before February 6.

And also, remember, the NFC East champion only won 10 games this season, and nine in 2011. So basically, this division is still up for grabs.

In four seasons at Oregon, Kelly compiled a 46-7 record with three Pac-12 Conference championships and a 2-2 record in BCS bowl games, winning in each of his last two appearances. Kelly also coached in the 2010 Rose Bowl versus Ohio State and the 2011 BCS National Championship Game versus Auburn.

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