Chip Kelly rumors: Philadelphia Eagles eyeing Oregon head coach?

November 30, 2012 – 1:08 am by Ryan Phillips

For the past few months it has become increasingly clear that Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly will get some serious NFL offers at the end of the 2012 season. While speculation has run rampant about Kelly’s future, now we have reports of concrete interest from an NFL team.

A source told ProFootballWeekly that Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has already met with Kelly during a visit to Oregon. There are no rules against an NFL general manager meeting with a college coach, so such a meeting could take place without causing much comment.

We should all be prepared for Kelly’s name to be connected to a lot of NFL coaching gigs this offseason. The Eagles make sense, but so do the Carolina Panthers, while the Dallas Cowboys would also love to make a big-name hire. Of course, none of those jobs are actually open yet, but it’s a pretty safe bet that all three will be vacant along with several other spots (Kansas City and San Diego come to mind).

The Eagles need a radically different vision than that of Andy Reid in charge of the team. Kelly has a unique offensive system and has gotten results with it at the collegiate level. Sure, it would be a big gamble for Philadelphia to take a chance on Kelly, but after almost 14 years of the same guy in charge, the Eagles need some kind of a jolt.

With possible NCAA sanctions coming for Oregon thanks to a recruiting scandal, now is the time for Kelly to bolt from Eugene. He almost left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers job in January, but backed out at the last minute.

Kelly’s stock won’t get any higher by sticking around with the Ducks. Which means he is likely gone this offseason. It appears the Eagles have made the first move in courting him.

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  1. 6 Responses to “Chip Kelly rumors: Philadelphia Eagles eyeing Oregon head coach?”

  2. Chip Kelly will be a failure at the NFL level (e.g., the ‘Ol Ball Coach). The ‘zone read’ schemes overwhelmingly succeed at the collegiate level because the defenses consist of maybe 3 or 4 outstanding players. At the NFL level everyone is a pro and the speed on the defensive side of the ball if greater at all positions. He’ll require his QB to run the ball at a higher rate than current NFL QBs and, thus the injuries (and concussions will pile up). Notice how Cam Newton has stopped running all over the field; then there’s Mike Vick (need I say more); and if Mike Shanahan doesn’t stop doing that crap with RGIII (and make him a full time pocket passer), he’s gonna start piling up days on injured reserve. Chip Kelly would have to make major modificatons to his offensive schemes and I think he’s too arrogant to do that. (Of course this is all just my humble opinion).

    By jayteewill on Nov 30, 2012

  3. Who cares…. GO BEVS

    By Mike on Nov 30, 2012

  4. Is Kelly departing as Pete Carol did just before the sanctions take effect?

    By gary helm on Nov 30, 2012

  5. Chip will stay with Oregon to show the sec we can play at that level as well. He has accomplished a lot and there is still more to prove. He is the coach to do it. He has made a name for himself at the college level. College is much more about skill and talent. Pros is only about the money.No respect up there.
    Go Chip WTD

    By Nancy on Nov 30, 2012

  6. The Cowboys?

    Is this a version of the team not run by the new Crypt Keeper?

    By Santa Claustrophobia on Nov 30, 2012

  7. The Iggles should have gotta rid of “Aimless and Andy” a few years back when they jettisoned “Aimless” (Donovan McNaab) to Washington. The fact that Andy brought in Michael Vick and tried to make him an elite NFL QB was astonishing. No doubt in my mind that Andy was trying to give Vick a second chance because of the problems his own sons had had with drugs. His downfall however was really when Defensive Coordinator Jim Johnson died from cancer. The Eagles “D” has never been the same and BTW the Iggles have NOT won a playoff game since Johnson passed.

    By Sports Chatter Guy on Dec 1, 2012

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