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Lurie Defends Roseman, Takes Jabs At Banner

Thursday’s proceedings at the NovaCare Complex were about more than just Chip Kelly.

Sure, the afternoon started with the Eagles introducing their new head coach, but owner Jeffrey Lurie took the opportunity to voice his opinion on a couple other issues.

One, he offered an aggressive defense of general manager Howie Roseman. And two, he made sure to point out that his old buddy Joe Banner was never in the mix for Kelly’s services.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: First Impressions Of Chip Kelly

This was supposed to be the intimate gathering.

Chip Kelly had already sat next to Jeffrey Lurie for about 34 minutes, answering questions from reporters in the jam-packed Novacare auditorium. Then there were one-on-one interviews for TV. And a chat with the team’s Web site after that.

The last stop was meant to be a less formal meeting with writers in a designated conference room near the cafeteria.

But this is Philadelphia. And the last time a new coach was introduced was 1999 when Kelly was in his first season as New Hampshire’s offensive coordinator. So instead of a handful of writers, Kelly was greeted by 30-plus inquisitive faces.

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An Early Read On the QB Situation

Now that we have had a chance to speak with Chip Kelly for the first time, let’s dive a little deeper into the quarterback situation.

Kelly was asked specifically following his press conference whether he can move forward and run what he wants to run with Nick Foles as his quarterback.

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How Gruden, Reid Helped the Eagles Land Kelly

Chip Kelly had been speaking for fewer than three minutes when he brought up a familiar, albeit surprising, name: Andy Reid.

“One person that I really want to thank in terms of advice with this whole thing was Andy Reid,” Kelly said, sitting next to Jeffrey Lurie in the Novacare auditorium Thursday afternoon. “And the fact that Andy reached out to me and told me about his experience here just told me what this organization is all about. There’s not a classier guy. When Andy texted me yesterday when I accepted the job, I told him I had really, really, really big shoes to fill, and in typical Andy fashion, he said, ‘Just be yourself and you’ll be fine.’ So I want to just publicly thank Andy, because that really right there spoke to me about what this organization is all about.”

But Reid wasn’t the only person who Kelly talked to during the last couple weeks.

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Who Will Run Chip Kelly’s Defense?

The process is already under way.

Now that Chip Kelly has been named head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, it’s time to figure out who’s going to help him. Perhaps the most important decision he’ll make (other than figuring out the quarterback situation) will be finding a defensive coordinator.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Players React To Chip Hire

If you play offense for the Eagles, chances are you are pretty pumped right about now.

Fast break. High-octane. Dreams of stats, points, and more stats.  The Chip Kelly attack is coming Philadelphia.

“I’m real excited,” said Brent Celek in a phone conversation with Birds 24/7. “It’s obvious from his track record in college how good he was. I’m excited to see how it translates and for us to play well.”

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Chip Kelly Lands In Philly, Addresses Media

Chip Kelly is on Philly soil.

A group of television reporters gathered at Northeast airport Wednesday night as the new Eagles head coach touched down. He stopped and spoke briefly with 6ABC and others before heading to Jeffrey Lurie‘s house with Howie Roseman and Don Smolenski.

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What They’re Saying About Kelly And the Eagles

One of the worst hires in pro football history? Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying – good and bad – about Chip Kelly and the Eagles.

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Chip Kelly “Thin-Skinned” When Criticized By Media

According to a sports reporter in Oregon, brand new Eagles coach Chip Kelly is “very sharp,” “quick on his feet,” and “he will say something […]

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The Story Behind the Eagles And Chip Kelly

Here is how the Eagles-Chip Kelly union came to pass:

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It’s Finally Over! Eagles Hire Chip Kelly

Nearly two weeks after first courting Oregon coach Chip Kelly (and after nearly two weeks of thinking Chip Kelly had rejected the Eagles), Lurie and […]

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Essential Reading: Getting To Know Chip Kelly

The Eagles announced Wednesday afternoon that Oregon’s Chip Kelly will be their next head coach.

We’ll obviously have much more on this development, but here is some background and essential reading to get you started. I’ll update this post with more links soon.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Chip Won’t Commit

Chip Kelly was the story.

There is no name this side of Jon Gruden that would have stirred imaginations and debate quite like the Oregon coach. The Lehigh stands would have been overflowing with fans dying to get  an up-close look at this new breed of football. Debate would rage over whether he could thrive in this environment, on this level. Kelly and his Eagles would be talked about across the league.

As we now know, Kelly chose the Ducks over the Birds Sunday, and this will not come to pass. And maybe that’s OK.

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Kelly Considered Eagles, But Opts To Stay At Oregon

Chip Kelly considered becoming the next head coach of the Eagles, but ultimately decided he’d rather stay put at Oregon. Where do Jeffrey Lurie and the Birds go from here?

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Clearing Up the Vick-Kelly Speculation

As the process continues, there’s been a lot of talk about a potential Chip Kelly-Michael Vick connection. But we need to clarify a few points about that discussion.

Let’s start with what Vick wants. Some have speculated that he yearns to play for Kelly and has anxiously been awaiting to find out where the Oregon coach lands. These reports surfaced a couple weeks ago, so Tim asked Vick about them.