The Eagles confirmed a report by ESPN's Chris Mortensen that Oregon coach Chip Kelly, who turned down the Eagles to stay with the Ducks, has now agreed to coach the Eagles. He is flying into Philadelphia this afternoon and will be introduced at a 1:30 p.m. Thursday news conference.
“Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles,” team chairman Jeffrey Lurie said in a release. “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.”
No details were available, but a fair assumption might be that the Eagles upped their financial offer. There was much speculation that Kelly got a raise from Oregon to spurn the NFL, but no one ever confirmed that.
There is already speculation that Kelly may elect to retain the services of Michael Vick, who could be a good fit for his offense. Vick's contract ($15.5 million in 2013) and reputation in the locker room will b obstacles to overcome. Consider this a boost for the entire Philadelphia offense, especially RB LeSean McCoy.