In the end, Chip Kelly chose the NFL, giving the Eagles their guy.
Philadelphia hired Kelly on Wednesday, just 10 days after he decided to stay at Oregon. The 49-year-old Kelly, known as an offensive innovator, becomes the 21st coach in team history and replaces Andy Reid, who was fired Dec. 31 after a 4-12 season.
The Chicago Bears also filled their vacancy, reaching into the Canadian Football League by hiring Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman to replace the fired Lovie Smith.
Kelly, who was 46-7 in four years at Oregon, interviewed with the Eagles, Browns, and Bills in a two-day span after leading the fast-flying No. 2 Ducks to a victory over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3. The Eagles are known to have interviewed 11 candidates, including two meetings with Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. All along, Kelly was thought to be Philadelphia’s first choice.
“Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles,’’ owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. ‘‘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.’’
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