Chip Kelly landed in Philadelphia last night to a swarm of reporters. One of his first comments was how he was being tracked flying across the country like Santa Claus, he then added the people here boo Santa Claus, I don’t want to be booed.
The introductory press conference this morning was as enlightening as it was entertaining. For people who don’t know about him and his offense, he had a chance to explain – and did a pretty good job. Other questions arose about the timetable and why he said no first, then yes. Kelly explained he took time to think about the offer as Eagles owner Jeffrey Laurie told him to do. As he has said, it was not an easy decision. When it came time to leave, he needed to do it on his terms, and that included the men that got him to this point. His team.
“The reason I got this job was because of them, if we were 7 and 46 the last couple of years no one would be talking to me.”
He is in the process of putting together a staff, and a report earlier today had several Oregon assistants on their way to Philadelphia to join him. There was also a report that Oregon Defensive Coordinator Nick Aliotti was offered the same job at Pac 12 rival USC, after Monte Kiffin’s departure to the NFL and the Defensive Coordinator position for the Dallas Cowboys.
Oregon fans breathed a sigh of relief when Aliotti said he is staying with the Ducks.
The introductions for Kelly are over, and he will now settle into his new nest at the Novacare Complex. Player evaluations will begin, as well as looking at a ton of tape. HIS Eagles will be different, it will be innovative, and it will be fast. Kelly also has a one up on NFL coaches throughout the country. The NFL Draft is a few months away, and I’m sure Chip is well aware of several players who will be on the board.