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Eagles C Jason Kelce: We thought Michael Vick was done until Chip Kelly hiring

With Chip Kelly having agreed to become the next head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday, one of the questions on everyone’s mind is what his hiring will mean for the future of Michael Vick. Before Kelly’s arrival, it was widely assumed that Vick had played his last game in Philadelphia. The Eagles can release Vick prior to Feb. 6 without having to pay him any money, but has he become a valuable piece of Kelly’s future plan?

According to Eagles center Jason Kelce, most people on the team thought Vick would be gone before Kelly was hired. Now, they aren’t so sure.

“That is the first thing that popped into my mind because I think, obviously, the outlook after the season was everybody thought Mike would kind of be out of here,” Kelce told Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo on ESPN Radio. “But yeah, you look at Oregon’s offense and obviously Mike kind of fits that mold a little bit. Now, whether we run the exact same offense that they run at Oregon, that’s still up for debate. I mean, he said already, I guess, that the offense that he runs will be dictated based upon the personnel that he has. So I guess we’ll find that out in a few more months.”

Kelly’s offense at Oregon was fast. Say what you will about Vick and his inability to stay healthy or throw the ball with accuracy on a consistent basis, but he certainly has the gift of speed. If Kelly can somehow incorporate Vick into his spread offense without making him susceptible to the types of hits that shortened his season last year, he could make Philly’s offense a dangerous new weapon. As we know, all of that will be much easier said than done.

Thanks to Sports Radio Interviews for transcribing the interview
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Chip Kelly reportedly headed to Eagles

On third thought, Chip Kelly will reportedly become the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles after all. In another surprising turn of events from what has been an offseason filled with a whirlwind of changing information, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Wednesday that Kelly and the Eagles have reached an agreement. Oregon University confirmed the news on Twitter.

A little over a week ago, several reports surfaced that indicated Kelly had decided to stay at Oregon after interviewing with the Eagles and the Cleveland Browns. That news came just days after NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that Kelly was “very close” to a deal with the Browns.

Even before the Eagles officially fired Andy Reid, Philadelphia was fully expected to heavily pursue Kelly to become its next head coach. They were clearly persistent, and it’s possible that Chip changed his mind about coaching in the NFL over the past several days or the Eagles’ brass presented him with a better offer. As Around the League pointed out, a tweet sent out by Nico Fallah, an Oregon recruit who has since committed to USC, indicated that Kelly was still actively recruiting earlier this week.

I’ll be anxious to see how Kelly reacts to life in the NFL. Chip is 46-7 in his four years as the head coach at Oregon, and he has turned the program into a national powerhouse with a spread offense that is built around speed. As we know, players on the defensive side of the ball are much faster in the NFL than they are at the college level. They’re also a lot smarter. If Kelly tries to bring Oregon’s offense to the NFL, I’m not convinced he’ll have much success with it.

Chip Kelly reportedly returning to Oregon

For the second year in a row, Chip Kelly appears to be returning to Oregon despite seriously considering taking a head coaching job in the NFL.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported that Kelly decided to return to Oregon, and several other reporters/outlets confirmed the report.

Kelly interviewed with the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, according to reports. He was even said to be close to accepting the Browns’ offer, but that obviously did not happen.

Last year, Kelly accepted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers job before deciding to return to Oregon.

Kelly is among the finest coaches in college football. He has gone 46-7 in four seasons at Oregon and has led the team to BCS bowl games each year.

There are few details explaining why Kelly decided to return to the Ducks despite interviewing for a few vacancies in the NFL. ESPN says Kelly “decided he wasn’t comfortable leaving the college game.” My guess is he looked at the two jobs — Philadelphia and Cleveland — and realized at best he’d probably be around .500 for the next two seasons, which would mar his reputation. If I were in his situation, I’d want jobs with more potential than those two seem to offer.

Oregon could be facing potential sanctions from the NCAA, which is another reason why Kelly may have been considering leaving the school.

I’d also like to hear an explanation from NFL Network/NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport who said on Friday that Kelly was “very close” to a deal with the Browns. What happened in 48 hours since then? Did he have bad information on Friday, or did something change with Kelly?

Chip Kelly reportedly will interview for Browns job

While Nick Saban is reportedly rebuffing NFL teams, Chip Kelly seems interested in seeing what is available.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday that Kelly is expected to interview with the Cleveland Browns after his Oregon Ducks compete in the Fiesta Bowl against Kansas State on Thursday. Rapoport says the interview will likely be on Friday or over the weekend. The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot confirmed the report, and she says the interview is expected to be on Friday.

Rapoport also says Kelly would not require total control.

Browns CEO Joe Banner and team owner Jimmy Haslam reportedly are in Arizona, which is where the Fiesta Bowl is taking place. They reportedly interviewed Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton for their job, which also satisfies the Rooney Rule. The team fired head coach Pat Shurmur and GM Tom Heckert earlier this week.

Kelly accepted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers job last year before ultimately deciding to return to Oregon for a fourth season. Based on that knowledge plus his willingness to talk to teams, it seems like a strong possibility that he ultimately decides to jump to the NFL.

Kelly took over a strong program from Mike Bellotti in 2009 and led the Ducks to even more success. He has led the program to four straight BCS bowl games, including two Rose Bowl appearances and a national championship game appearance. He has pioneered an extraordinarily fast-paced offense that he would likely try to install wherever he decides to go if he leaves.

If I were in Kelly’s situation, the Browns are not a team I would be eager to coach. I would definitely want to work with a more proven, mobile quarterback. Carolina seems like it would be a great fit for him.

Chip Kelly reportedly will be pursued by Eagles

Chip Kelly is expected to be one of the hottest head coaching candidates after the NFL regular season ends, and reports say the Philadelphia Eagles will be one of the most prominent teams to target him.

CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora says the Eagles will likely make a “heavy push” to get the Oregon coach. Current Eagles coach Andy Reid is expected to be let go after Philly’s disappointing season.

Kelly was pursued by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season and reportedly accepted the job before being persuaded to return to Oregon. He has gone 45-7 over four seasons as Oregon’s head coach since replacing Mike Bellotti. His Ducks are getting prepared for their Jan. 3 Fiesta Bowl game against Kansas State.

There are a few reasons Kelly might consider leaving Oregon for the NFL.

Oregon reportedly is facing potential sanctions from the NCAA and may have to appear in front of the committee on infractions in the spring. Knowing penalties are coming, Kelly could skip out the way Pete Carroll left USC for Seattle. Additionally, Kelly has been so successful running the Ducks program, he may want to see whether he can enjoy similar success at football’s highest level. Kelly has exclusively coached at the collegiate level during his career.

NFL.com’s Albert Breer also reports that the Carolina Panthers likely would have interest in Kelly if they fire second-year head coach Ron Rivera. Chip Kelly calling plays for Cam Newton? Now that would be spectacular.

Chip Kelly threw up when he heard Matt Barkley was returning to USC

Oregon has been the class of the Pac-12 the past three seasons, but two opposing quarterbacks haven’t made their life easy. They had to deal with Andrew Luck for a third year after the Stanford quarterback decided to return to school last season, and they faced the same fate when Matt Barkley elected to return to USC for his senior season. Coach Chip Kelly’s reaction to the news was pretty funny.

“I said this twice, and I’m being totally honest — I did it with Andrew Luck and I did it with Matt Barkley — I threw up,” Kelly told The Dan Patrick Show.

“Somebody’s gotta tell those guys they need to leave after three years.”

Barkley’s return makes USC “the most talented team in the country,” in Kelly’s opinion.

But does that mean USC is the best team?

“Oh I don’t know about that,” says Kelly. “That’s why we play the games.”

Oregon will get a chance to prove they’re better than USC at the Coliseum on November 3. Barkley has improved every season, and he played at an elite level last year throwing 39 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. I don’t think he’ll match his stats this season, but I’m guessing USC will beat Oregon head-to-head. The teams could also meet in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

Chip Kelly will be selecting Casey Martin’s outfits at the U.S. Open

Ever hated those eye-assaulting uniform combinations that the Oregon football team are prone to sport on the field? There was a time when you could have directed your complaints to Oregon men’s golf coach Casey Martin, who was responsible for designating what pants, jerseys and helmets the Ducks would wear each week during the 2009 season. Now Chip Kelly has the chance to exact revenge on his good pal for all the preposterous ways Martin made his football team dress.

Martin, who many remember from successfully suing the PGA Tour over 10 years ago under the Americans with Disabilities Act for his right to use a golf cart at tournaments, will be part of the field at the U.S. Open later this week after qualifying last Monday. And Kelly will be responsible for choosing Martin’s look at the tournament.

“Chip texted me that he wants to coordinate all my uniforms,” Martin said on Friday, according to The Register-Guard. “No joke – he did. So I said, all right, you’re on. He sent me pictures with visors and everything.”

Nike provided Martin with a package of Oregon golf gear, and he sent pictures to Kelly for him to make his decisions with. Martin enjoyed picking Oregon’s football threads but also realizes it could now mean trouble for him.

“It was fun until we see what Chip does to me this week, and then maybe payback for the white, green and gray Utah uniforms,” Martin added.

But if Kelly has had anything to do with what Martin’s been wearing in practice rounds this week, Martin might not have anything to worry about. But there’s still at least a few more days left for Kelly to make Martin look like Russell Westbrook or something.

We’d say be prepared to see Martin in the craziest outfits at The Olympic Club this week, but then again Ian Poulter and Rickie Fowler are also in the field.

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