After doing a whirlwind interview tour with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills NFL at the beginning of the month, Oregon coach Chip Kelly decided to stick with his college team. But somehow in the last 10 days or so, it appears he had a change of heart and said yes to the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday.
This comes after the Eagles conducted an extensive search with 11 known candidates, including two discussions with the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. Even though Kelly initially said no, it wasn’t an answer Eagles general manager Howie Roseman would accept, reported NFL.com. In the interim period when the team interviewed other coaches, Roseman didn’t let up on Kelly, even telling him he was still their top pick.
I guess they just broke him down to say, “Yes!”
Kelly will become the team’s 21st coach and on Thursday in a press conference he’ll be introduced by the team.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a Wednesday statement via ESPN, “Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles. 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.”
Kelly comes to the league with a 46-7 record as Oregon’s head coach.
He’ll face a number of challenges but for fans, one of the more interesting ones will be who is Kelly’s quarterback, Nick Foles or Michael Vick?
In other news, it was a good season for Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. So good that the team is open to talking phone calls from other teams for backup quarterback Matt Flynn.
The team took him in the offseason after he found success in two games last season as Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers backup. The Seahawks had hopes of making him the starter but well, Wilson appeared to exceed expectations by the time the preseason rolled around.
On Wednesday Seahawks general manager John Schneider was transparent about Flynn.
He said to KIRO-AM via NFL.com, “I’d be lying to you if I told you that we wouldn’t be listening to people. I think we all believe he’s a starter in this league, but we structure ourselves in a salary-cap manner where we’re in a very good position with him. Having two quarterbacks like that is pretty special. We’re going to do what’s best for the organization — period.
“This isn’t like — ‘Now that Russell’s done so well, what do we do with Matt?’ We have two guys under contract that are good.”
But one is obviously a lot better than the other one.
Next season Flynn is scheduled to make $7.25 million but only $2 million is guaranteed. Kinda pricey for a backup quarterback, don’t you think?