Eagles introduce Chip Kelly as head coach

Earlier on Thursday the Philadelphia Eagles introduced former Oregon Ducks coach Chip Kelly as the team’s new head coach.  Kelly was officially hired on Wednesday to replace long-time coach Andy Reid and will become the 21st head coach in Eagles history.

In four seasons at Oregon, Kelly led the Ducks to a 46-7 record and became renowned for the spread option offense that he masterminded while at the school.

“The key was to find the right leader, not make the fastest decision,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie told Philadelphia’s ABC affiliate.  ”We were really able to circle back with Coach Chip Kelly.”

Kelly’s Oregon teams had become synonymous with high-scoring offense, as the team finished second in the nation with 49.6 points per game in 2012.  Following a 35-17 win over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl, Oregon finished the year ranked second in both the AP and USA Today polls.

Asked if he was concerned about translating his approach to the NFL, Kelly told CSNPhilly.com, “Football is football, and this is football at its highest level. But it’s still a game that’s played 11 on 11. It’s about putting together a great coaching staff, having a great organization behind you, and having great players.”

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