If you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, Dec. 29 was either a great day or a horrible one, because the team officially lost its head coach. Chip Kelly, who has coached the Eagles since 2013, was fired after the team didn’t make the playoffs for the second year in a row. Want to know more about Chip? We have five fast facts below!
Although Chip Kelly, 52, has an overall record of 26-21 with the Philadelphia Eagles, the disappointment of missing the playoffs for two consecutive seasons led to his release on Dec. 29. With one game left in the regular season, the timing of Chip’s firing came as a shock to Eagles and football fans alike. After 25 years coaching football — including three with the Eagles — Chip’s coaching future is up in the air. Get to know a little more about Chip right here!
1. He originally passed up the opportunity to be a NFL coach.
After holding the head coach position at the University of Oregon for four seasons, Chip’s success gained attention with NFL teams. He spent several hours meeting with the Eagles and the Cleveland Browns in early January 2013, but initially decided he would stay with Oregon. Chip changed his mind a week later and accepted the head coach position with the Eagles.
2. He was a football player himself.
In his high school years, Chip played quarterback, but switched to defensive back to play for the University of New Hampshire.
3. 2010 was a huge year for Chip.
Despite the Oregon Ducks’ suffering a heartbreaking loss in the 2010 Rose Bowl, Chip led the team to an undefeated regular season that earned him several honors. Chip was voted as the 2010 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, as well as the recipient of four other awards that year: AFCA Coach of the Year Award, AP Coach of the Year Award, Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, and Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award.
4. It wasn’t just the missed playoffs that got Chip fired.
Eagles CEO Jeffrey Lurie announced in January this year that Chip was made head of football operations for the team. Not long after receiving the title, Chip made some questionable trades that irked both the team and fans, including trading the fan-favorite quarterback Nick Foles for Sam Bradford in March. After Chip’s firing, ESPN’s Cris Carter also declared that players didn’t like Chip or playing in his system.
5. He hopes to remain in the NFL as a coach.
While discussing his firing with Fox Sports on the night he was let go, Chip revealed that he hopes to stay within the NFL instead of returning to the college football scene. Chip also admitted that he didn’t argue Jeffrey’s decision to release him.
For the Eagles’ final game of the season, the team’s offensive coordinator, Pat Shurmur, will take over as interim coach. In his statement about Chip’s release, Jeffrey said that the search for a new coach has already begun.
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