"We appreciate all the contributions that Chip Kelly made and wish him every success going forward," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in the team's official release.
The Eagles also announced Ed Marynowitz—whom Kelly appointed to serve as vice president of player personnel—was fired. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur will serve as the team's interim head coach for the final game of the season.
Players apparently didn't get a heads-up, according to NJ Advance Media's Eliot Shorr-Parks:
#Eagles did not tell the players that Chip has been fired. One just found out when I reached out to him for comment. "Damn. For real?"— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) December 30, 2015
Following the shocking announcement, Twitter erupted in response to Philadelphia's decision. Here's a look at some of the reaction.
ESPN Stats & Info provided some context after Kelly went 10-6 in his first two seasons and followed those campaigns up with a 6-9 showing in 2015:
Chip Kelly: 1st Eagles coach to finish his tenure without a playoff win since Buddy Ryan (1986-1990)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 30, 2015
CSN Philly's Brian Brennan noted that the organizational restructuring that occurred under Kelly's leadership didn't help his cause:
Chip Kelly was horrendous this year on the personnel and coaching ends of things. I'm still stunned Lurie pulled the plug this soon.— Brian Brennan (@brian_brennan8) December 30, 2015
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora indicated Kelly's ousting qualified as a stunner:
Every offseason there is a shocker that comes at a time no one would have expected. This most definitely qualifies.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 30, 2015
Robert Klemko of the MMQB wondered what a couple of exiled Eagles were talking about following the announcement:
I'd pay good money to see LeSean and DeSean's text convo right about meow.— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) December 30, 2015
Meanwhile, Bleacher Report's Alessandro Miglio explained Kelly didn't do himself any favors during a turbulent final season in the City of Brotherly Love:
Chip Kelly ran a clinic on getting run outta town this season.— Alessandro Miglio (@AlexMiglio) December 30, 2015
And now that Kelly has been let go, Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde noted the former Oregon Ducks head coach could be a hot commodity—if only there were still some collegiate vacancies:
A dozen colleges just asked for a hiring do-over with Chip Kelly suddenly on the market. Wow.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) December 30, 2015
At this moment, there aren't any openings that would seem appealing to Kelly, per ESPN Stats & Info:
For those wondering if a fired NFL coach would head to a college job There are currently 2 FBS head coaching jobs open: Ball St, Texas St— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 30, 2015
And while one potential NFL team has become a trendy landing spot for Kelly because of quarterback Marcus Mariota's presence, Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman believes the Tennessee Titans should bypass the former Eagles head coach:
The Titans can do better than Chip Kelly. Sheesh. They'd be foolish to hire him.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) December 30, 2015
ESPN.com's Bill Barnwell noted Kelly's time in Philadelphia was bookended by games against the Washington Redskins:
Seems fitting that the Kelly era started with the Eagles torching Washington and ended with the Eagles getting lit up by Washington.— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) December 30, 2015
Kelly was previously renowned as an offensive mastermind and schematic trendsetter, but the Eagles' 16th-ranked scoring attack indicated otherwise. Combine tactical woes with unequivocal flubs in the personnel department—from the LeSean McCoy trade to DeSean Jackson's release and signing DeMarco Murray—and the 52-year-old coach seemingly forced the organization's hand.
Just take it from former Eagles linebacker Emmanuel Acho:
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely"— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) December 30, 2015
With an uncertain future ahead of him, it will be fascinating to see if another NFL or college team is willing to give Kelly the keys to its castle in hopes of building a dynasty.