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Report: Eagles to Make Run at Oregon’s Chip Kelly

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Could Oregan’s Chip Kelly change shades of green next season? (Harry How, Getty Images)

According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the feeling around the NFL is that the Eagles will make a “heavy push” to land Oregon’s Chip Kelly as Andy Reid’s head-coaching replacement.

According to Sports Illustrated, Oregon’s Chip Kelly will be looking for “near complete control when it comes to personnel decision-making power” if he’s to make the jump to the NFL.

Winning the Kelly sweepstakes could potentially rekindle the Eagles’ interest in retaining Michael Vick, who will start this weekend against the Giants in the Eagles season finale.  Kelly runs an up-tempo offense where an athletic quarterback is a must, his high-speed, high-volume spread offense is quarterbacked by an athletic distributor of the football who presents a dual-threat dilemma for defenses – and Vick fits that mold more the Nick Foles.

For those who think Kelly is a lock to head to the pro game, remember he turned down the Tampa Bay job last offseason after effectively agreeing to take the job.  He is 45-7 at Oregon.

So would the Eagles job an attractive job to a guy like Kelly and his spread offense?

For the most part his offense is predicated on speed, something the Eagles have with DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown and Vick – for now.  It’s not known how Philly’s fluid quarterback situation and organizational structure might factor into his interest here.

Would a wild card be say Tim Tebow?

The Jets have become a three-ring circus, and Tebow wants out.   ESPN New York reported that Tebow pulled himself out of the Jets’ Wildcat package after he was passed over for Greg McElroy in the starting lineup last week.

Kelly’s current quarterback at Oregon is 6-4, 200, redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota, who has ran 98 times for 690 yards and four touchdowns.  Mariota replaced Darron Thomas who opted for the NFL but wasn’t signed or drafted. Thomas was considered a shaky passer on par with Tebow.

Either way, it should be an interesting coaching search for the Eagles if Andy Reid is let go as expected.




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