Chip Kelly has been “released” by the Philadelphia Eagles.
That’s according to an official release by the team posted to their Twitter account just minutes ago, announcing that after two tumultuous headline-making seasons in Philadelphia, Kelly’s time as Eagles head coach had come to an end, still with one game left in the regular season.
After an extremely successful reign as head coach of the University of Oregon Ducks (NCAA Division 1), during which time Kelly posted a 46-7 record over 4 seasons and made two BCS National Championship games, he was hired by the Eagles at the start of the 2013 season. Shortly after his arrival, the Eagles noticeably improved, posting back to back 10-6 records in 2013 and 2014, and winning a division title in 2013. However, after being appointed the Head of Football Operations, Kelly dismantled the team, trading All-Pro running back to Buffalo, and swapping starting quarterback Nick Foles with oft-injured Sam Bradford, a former #1 pick and St. Louis Ram, and let star receivers like Desean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin walk in the off-seasons prior. Despite signing 2014’s leading rusher, DeMarco Murray, the Eagles never found their groove in 2015, punctuated by a Week 16 beatdown at the hands of the Washington Redskins, a loss that eliminated them from playoff contention.