University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly will be named head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports. Kelly, 49, was pursued by the Eagles, Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills this offseason, spending nine hours with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, general manager Howie Roseman and team president Don Smolenski on Jan. 5. The Bills hired former Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone, who was also a candidate in Philadelphia, and the Browns bowed out of the running, “rebooting” their search that ended last Thursday night with the hiring of Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinkski. Kelly decided to remain at Oregon after Nike founder and Ducks booster Phil Knight made a strong push to retain the innovative head coach who had guided Oregon to a 46-7 record over the last four seasons. A similar scene played out in 2012, as Kelly was in negotiations to become the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before deciding at the last minute to remain at Oregon.
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Report: Chip Kelly to be named head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles (Shutdown Corner)