Somebody gave in somewhere for the Eagles to be able to sign Oregon’s Chip Kelly as their new head coach. When Jeffrey Lurie began the search for a new head coach, he said GM Howie Roseman would play a major role in the draft and player personnel decisions.
During the news conference to fire Andy Reid, Lurie said he and Roseman had not decided whether the new head coach or Roseman would have final say on player personnel decisions. He said they would keep their options open depending on the coach they were dealing with and the situation.
The former Oregon head coach had originally said he wanted to have final authority on player personnel decisions. That may have been the impasse, which prevented Kelly from signing his deal before.
In another scenario, Kelly may have gone back to Oregon and got a clearer understanding of how soon his program was going to get hit with sanctions by the NCAA for recruiting violations. That bleak future may have influenced Kelly to lower his demands. Whatever the case they have a deal, but somebody changed their mind.
Lurie might have dreamed about Kelly after seeing the New England Patriots quick-snap the Houston Texans while humiliating them in a playoff game. He might have dreamed about Kelly after seeing Colin Kaepernick run for over 180 yards against the Green Bay Packers. Lurie had to have been thinking about Kelly as RGIII and Russell Wilson lit up the NFL this year.
Lurie just released a statement about the signing of Kelly.
“Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles,” said Lurie. “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.”
Kelly is the guy who Lurie wanted all along. He was the guy, who was talked about all season long.