Coach Chip Kelly is fired by the Philadelphia Eagles

Chip Kelly

Philadelphia Eagles Coach Chip Kelly listens to a question during a news conference on Monday.

(Matt Rourke / Associated Press)

The Chip Kelly era is over in Philadelphia.

The Eagles fired their coach Tuesday, announcing the news in a late afternoon press release.

“We appreciate all the contributions that Chip Kelly made and wish him every success going forward,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a written statement. The team has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday.

Pat Shurmur will take over as interim coach for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.


With one game to go, the Eagles are 6-9 and out of the playoffs, a significant regression from the consecutive 10-win seasons in Kelly’s first two years. He overhauled the roster this season, including trading for St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford and acquiring running backs DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews.

Kelly, who was 46-7 in four years as Oregon’s coach, was hired in January 2013 to replace longtime Eagles coach Andy Reid, who was fired after a 4-12 season.

Considered an offensive innovator, Kelly built the Ducks into a national powerhouse, guiding them to four consecutive BCS bowl games and three conference championships.

The Eagles also fired Ed Marynowitz, vice president of personnel, and promoted advisor Tom Donahoe to senior director of player personnel. Donahoe formerly was general manager of the Buffalo Bills and director of football operations for the Pittsburgh Steelers.


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