December 30, 2015 - Aaron Wilson
Eagles fire coach Chip Kelly with one game left in disappointing season
The Philadelphia Eagles have fired coach Chip Kelly, ending a short era five days before the regular-season finale with the team already eliminated from playoff contention. A huge success at Oregon, Kelly's strategies and personnel mistakes backfired in the NFL. He resisted losing his personnel power and owner Jeff Lurie fired him. The Eagles are 6-9 this season. Speculation has already started that Kelly might wind up with the Tennessee Titans coaching former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Kelly had innovative ideas about sports science, tempo and practice drills, but he clashed with star players and jettisoned DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy. "We appreciate all the contributions that Chip Kelly made and wish him every success going forward," Lurie said in a statement. The Eagles could pursue Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. Pat Shurmur is the interim head coach. Lurie, team president Don Smolenski and Howie Roseman, who lost a power struggle previously with Kelly, will lead the coaching search. "I spent the last three seasons evaluating the many factors involved in our performance as a team," Lurie said in the letter. to fans "As I watched this season unfold, I determined that it was time to make a change." "It's 100 percent on my shoulders," Kelly said after Saturday's loss. "It's unacceptable." The Eagles fired executive Ed Marynowitz, whom Kelly had enlisted to run the Eagles' personnel department. Tom Donahoe was named senior director of player personnel. Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.