Chip Kelly hired: Eagles shock NFL with new head coach

Jonathan Ferrey

After turning down the Eagles earlier this month, Chip Kelly is headed to the NFL after all. The Eagles and Kelly agreed to a deal on Wednesday, shocking the NFL and college football worlds.

Chip Kelly had flirted with the NFL before, but every time it seemed like he could be on his way out of Oregon, something changed and Kelly headed back to the Ducks. That changed on Wednesday as Kelly agreed to a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Wednesday's deal is a shocking end to Kelly's Oregon career and a move few saw coming. NFL interest in Kelly was nothing new, but just 10 days ago he was reportedly headed back to Oregon after turning down multiple NFL opportunities. Kelly's Oregon career is now over, and he gave the Ducks a wild ride on and off the field. Here's a timeline of the his final 12 months at Oregon and his path to the NFL.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Kelly appeared destined for the NFL last season, as reports surfaced he had accepted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach position. As Oregon scrambled to find a replacement, something changed and Kelly decided to remain at Oregon after all.

Back to Oregon

After spurning the Buccaneers, Kelly returned to Eugene and led the Ducks to a 12-1 season and their fourth-straight BCS bowl game. Following the Fiesta Bowl, Kelly said he would listen to NFL teams, but was also very happy at Oregon.

Cleveland Browns

Kelly was reportedly the Cleveland Browns' No. 1 target, and it didn't take long for them to make a strong push. Reports surfaced that the two sides were close to a deal.

That, however, didn't last long, as later in the day the deal dissolved and Kelly headed for interviews with other teams. The Browns eventually hired Rob Chudzinski.

Philadelphia Eagles

Like the Browns, the Eagles appeared to have Kelly atop their coaching wish list. He met with Philadelphia, but as time went on, reports began to come out saying Kelly may instead choose to remain at Oregon. Eventually, he did decide to forgo NFL opportunities and stay in Eugene ... for now.

The Eagles moved on to other candidates and it appeared Kelly would remain at Oregon another season.

Philadelphia Eagles, again

After pursuing Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and conducting two interviews with Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, the Eagles made one more run at Chip Kelly and this time they got their man.

The deal is the end to the long and winding ride of Kelly's Oregon career. Not many coaches turn down the NFL and even fewer do it three times, but apparently with Kelly, the fourth time was the charm.


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