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University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly trades Ducks for Eagles


Jan 3, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oregon Ducks coach Chip Kelly reacts after the 2013 Fiesta Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats at University of Phoenix Stadium. Oregon defeated Kansas 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

In a move that Alabama University head coach Nick Saban would salute, University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly has decided that he does want the job to be the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

In a nod to the elusive Saban, Kelly had lead many to believe that he would return to coach the Ducks again after defeating Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.  That all changed on Wednesday when the announcement came from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen on the reversal of Kelly’s decision.

Of course the cloak and dagger secrecy that surrounds such decisions had become routine and many times lead to premature reporting of where a coach will land.  For example it was being widely speculated that Kelly was going to land in Cleveland to coach the Browns until Rod Chudzinski took the job.

Kelly joins the ranks of the popular fad in the NFL of hiring a college coach especially one that likes the now popular read-option that was being run by the likes of the Washinston Redskins and Seattle Seahawks who had rookie college quarterbacks using it with success.

Another thing that Kelly did with Oregon was execute a high-tempo, no-huddle offense that teams such as the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots ran the brakes off of an opponent’s defense.

Of course the only concern is if Kelly will have the success of those teams or suffer the fate of former Rutgers and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano whose college tactics didn’t fair so well.