This has been a roller coaster season for the Philadelphia Eagles and it is now over. The Philadelphia Eagles and Chip Kelly parted ways and now many Philadelphia Eagles fans are wondering what now?
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 30, 2015
According to ESPN,
The Philadelphia Eagles abruptly fired Kelly on Tuesday night, five days before the final game of the 2015 regular season. Kelly’s Eagles were eliminated from playoff contention when they lost to the Washington Redskins on Saturday night.
That loss dropped the Eagles to 6-9. They were 2-5 over their past seven games, including losses in which they surrendered 45 points twice and 40 points once. Overall, Kelly’s record in nearly three seasons as Eagles head coach was 26-21.
“We appreciate all the contributions that Chip Kelly made and wish him every success going forward,” Eagles owner and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement released by the team.
A news conference is scheduled for noon ET Wednesday.
Sources told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio that Lurie had been thinking for weeks about making changes in the team’s structure, including stripping Kelly of personnel control.
Lurie and Kelly met recently, sources said, and that suggestion was made to Kelly, who balked at the idea.
Sources said Lurie made the decision to part ways with Kelly on Tuesday morning. That will allow the Eagles to get a jump on some of the hot assistant coaches who will be available, including Sean McDermott, the Carolina Panthers‘ defensive coordinator, who once held the same title with the Eagles.
“This has been very painful to watch over the last three weeks. And changes needed to be made,” a senior Eagles executive told Paolantonio.
Lurie said in a letter to fans that team president Don Smolenski and Howie Roseman, the executive vice president of football operations, will assist him in the search for a new coach.
“I spent the last three seasons evaluating the many factors involved in our performance as a team,” Lurie said in the letter. “As I watched this season unfold, I determined that it was time to make a change.”
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