Chip Kelly, head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for the last three seasons, was fired by the team on Tuesday evening.
During Kelly’s stint as head coach, the Eagles failed to become a championship contender. After finishing 10-6 in each of Kelly’s first two years, the team is reeling at 6-9 this season. Pat Shurmur is set to take over as interim head coach for Sunday’s season finale against New York Giants.
“We appreciate all the contributions that Chip Kelly made and wish him every success going forward,” Jeffrey Lurie, the Eagles CEO, said in a team statement Tuesday.
Under Kelly’s leadership, the Eagles are set to miss the playoffs for the second consecutive season. “I spent the last three seasons evaluating the many factors involved in our performance as a team. As I watched this season unfold, I determined that it was time to make a change,” Lurie explained to loyal Philadelphia Eagles fans.
Prior to the season, Lurie stripped Howie Roseman – the Eagles general manager – of decision-making powers. Roseman’s title was changed from GM to Executive Vice President of football operations. With this move, the Eagles management handed complete control of personnel decisions to Kelly. Lurie also appointed Ed Marynowitz as Vice President of player personnel. However, those drastic administration changes haven’t worked as expected.
Kelly copped a lot of flak for some of his decisions. For starters, he traded running back LeSean McCoy to Buffalo Bills and quarterback Nick Foles to St. Louis Cardinals. While he was praised for signing DeMarco Murray and acquiring Sam Bradford, Eagles fans haven’t been pleased with Kelly’s wholesale roster changes.
Kelly wraps up his tenure in Philadelphia with a respectable 26-21 record.
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