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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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?
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.