Chip Kelly Fired by Eagles: Twitter Reacts to Head Coach's Release

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Chip Kelly Fired by Eagles: Twitter Reacts to Head Coach's Release
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The Philadelphia Eagles stunned the NFL world Tuesday evening when they announced the firing of head coach Chip Kelly prior to the team's Week 17 meeting with the New York Giants. 

"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: 

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:

CSN Philly's Brian Brennan noted that the organizational restructuring that occurred under Kelly's leadership didn't help his cause: 

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora indicated Kelly's ousting qualified as a stunner: 

Robert Klemko of the MMQB wondered what a couple of exiled Eagles were talking about following the announcement:

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: 

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: 

At this moment, there aren't any openings that would seem appealing to Kelly, per ESPN Stats & Info:

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: 

ESPN.com's Bill Barnwell noted Kelly's time in Philadelphia was bookended by games against the Washington Redskins: 

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: 

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.  

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