Chip Kelly Fired By The Philadelphia Eagles
Looks like the Philadelphia Eagles are leaving Chip Kelly in 2015 after the organization abruptly fired him on Tuesday night, just five days before their final game of the season.
Pat Shurmur, the Eagles’ offensive coordinator and the former head coach of the Cleveland Browns, will serve as interim head coach for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
Sources told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie had been thinking about making changes in the structure of the Eagles’ organization for weeks, including stripping Kelly of control of personnel.
Lurie and Kelly met recently, sources said, and that suggestion was made to Kelly, who balked at the idea.
According to sources, that is when Lurie decided to part ways with Kelly, so the Eagles could get a jump on some of the hot assistant coaches who will be eligible, including Sean McDermott, the Panthers’ defensive coordinator, who once held the same title with the Eagles.
Kelly’s dismissal represents a shocking fall from grace. Hired from the University of Oregon in 2013, Kelly came into the league with a reputation as an innovator and, in the words of Eagles owner Jeff Lurie, a “program builder.”
Kelly made enormous changes in the way the Eagles do everything, from their practice schedules to their diets and sleep habits. He was caught on camera last season telling a player that “Culture beats scheme,” a private moment that became a kind of rallying cry.
Honestly, I don’t think anyone was shocked by this. It was more of when they would fire Chip rather than if they would fire him.
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