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National media on Chip Kelly: Nobody knows if Kelly will soar, or flop, in the NFL
By Paul Buker, The Oregonian
on January 17, 2013 at 7:53 AM, updated January 17, 2013 at 9:50 AM Print
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Philly sources say former UO coach - and new Philadelphia Eagles coach - Chip Kelly never wanted total control of personnel matters. The man who lured Kelly to the NFL is Eagles' GM Howie Roseman AP photos What the national media is saying about Chip Kelly going to the NFL:
Columnist Phil Sheridan in the Philadelphia Inquirer - The beautiful and terrifying thing about Chip Kelly is this: Nobody knows if he will soar or flop in the National Football League.
Nobody. Not Jeff Lurie, not Howie Roseman, not even Kelly. Especially not Kelly.
By hiring the latest offensive genius from the college ranks, Lurie has turned his franchise into a laboratory.
More from The Inquirer - Kelly won't have final say over personnel. Sources say Kelly never wanted final say over personnel matters ... now Kelly needs a quarterback ... links to all Chip Kelly coverage in the Inquirer ... story in the Philadelphia Tribune
NFL.com - No explanation for his change of heart.
Kelly briefly met with the media but dodged a question about why he changed his mind and took the Eagles job.
"The challenge is what I was excited about, and that's why I came," Kelly said, via The Associated Press. "I was sold on the Eagles the first time I met them, it was my ties to Oregon that made it hard. But the Eagles are the Eagles. This is the NFL.
"My dream is to just win, and with the Eagles, this was the best opportunity for me to win. I never thought a long time ago that I was going to be able to coach in the NFL, but I'm excited about the opportunity."
Kelly added the Eagles didn't have to convince him, even though he turned down the job last week. "I always wanted the job," he said. He also joked about the Eagles' faithful, saying: "I know it's a rabid fan base. I hope they don't boo me. It's an exciting time, and I'm ready to get to work."NFL analyst Heath Evans - Not mincing words, Evans presents the argument that this is "one of the worst hires in NFL history''
Chris DuFresne of the Los Angeles Times - Chip will lend creativity to a stale NFL:
Chip Kelly's about-face decision to accept the Philadelphia Eagles job immediately makes the NFL more interesting and college football less interesting.
This is different from Nick Saban leaving Alabama for the pros, where he would simply implement on a higher level the NFL system he already runs in Tuscaloosa.
Kelly, who led Oregon to a four-year record of 46-7 and four consecutive BCS bowl games, is a different Duck entering a different league.Adam Schein of NFL.com - Kelly saves Eagles in one fell swoop ... how the Eagles wooed Kelly from Oregon
USA Today - Tougher to see coming than the read option
NFL News - Will Michael Vick fit in as quarterback?
Fox News - Eagles finally get their man
Bruce Feldman on CSBSports.com - "Chip Kelly will be an outstanding coach for the Eagles'' says owner Jeffrey Lurie
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