Eagles Notes: Kelly’s Ties To College Title Game

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Chip Kelly’s ties to Oregon are obvious. After the Eagles’ season ended, he was asked if he planned on attending last night’s game against Florida State.

“I’m working,” he said. “I hope they get the chance to play the next week because I think we may be off then. But I’m fired up playing for those guys. Talked to a lot of those guys, and talked to the coaching staff and talked to [Mark Helfrich] last night after our game. He called me after our game. So I’m a big Ducks fan right now and always will be.”

Kelly apparently will be in attendance when Oregon goes for the title against Ohio State next week. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Johnson/Kelly Comparison

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

When Peter King of The MMQB wrote about Chip Kelly earlier this week, he compared the Eagles’ head coach to Jimmy Johnson.

Before his first training camp practice of the season on Saturday, we spent time in his office, and when we parted, I thought how much he reminded me of Jimmy Johnson when Johnson entered the league 25 years ago. Respectful of the other coaches and teams, but they aren’t going to dictate what he’s going to do. Totally confident that his style will work in the NFL. Unlike Johnson, Kelly’s not brash on the outside. Like Johnson, he knows deep down his way will win. Johnson brought a small, fast defense into a league that was going bigger and bigger. It worked.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie read King’s piece and was asked about the comparison. Read more »