After reconsidering, Chip Kelly has agreed to coach the Philadelphia Eagles next season. Kelly spent four years at the University of Oregon, coaching the ‘Ducks’ to a 46-7 record. He took the team to 4 straight bowl games. He lost to Ohio State in the 2009 season’s Rose Bowl by a score of 17-26. Oregon played for the 2010 BCS National Championship against the Cam Newton led Auburn Tigers, losing 19-22. In 2011 they defeated the Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl 45-38. And last year, 2012, they won the Fiesta Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats, defeating them soundly by a score of 35-17.
His “hurry up” offense ran up points on the ground and in the air. Philadelphia is hoping he’ll bring the same energy to the Eagles. Fans who were disappointed with last year’s 4-12 season have hope that he will reverse the record. It will be a challenge. The team seemed to lack cohesion on both offense and defense last season. And he’ll find out, as did Andy Reid, that Philadelphia fans are unforgiving.
The Eagles’ owner said they had interviewed 11 candidates before deciding on Kelly. ”Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles,” owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. ”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.”
In another coaching move, the Chicago Bears have replaced Lovey Smith with CFL coach Marc Trestman. Trestman coached the Montreal Alouettes for the past five seasons, winning two Grey Cups titles.
Trestman was an offensive coordinator with Cleveland, San Francisco, Arizona and Oakland. He also was the Detroit Lions’ quarterbacks coach in 1997.
Trestman, 57, is reported to have been hired mainly because of his ability to work with quarterbacks. The often moody “Jay Cutler” has excellent physical ability, but has been criticized about his decision making ability. The Bears will still have problems unless they improve their receiving corps.
Columnist-The Guardian Express