Ex-Ducks coach Chip Kelly fired by NFL’s Eagles

Chip Kelly left the Ducks to coach in Philadelphia

Chip Kelly
Chip Kelly winks as he watchers the action on the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Philadelphia Eagles fired head coach Chip Kelly, nearly 3 years after he left the Oregon Ducks for the NFL.

In a statement, the Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said, “We appreciate all the contributions that Chip Kelly made and wish him every success going forward.”

The Eagles also fired Ed Marynowitz, their vice president of player personnel.

Pat Shurmur will be the interim head coach for their final game of the season this Sunday against the New York Giants. Tom Donahoe will take over as senior director of player personnel.

Almost exactly one year ago — Jan. 2, 2015 — Kelly assumed more influence in the Eagles organization when vice president of player personnel Tom Gamble was fired.

At that time, Kelly made it clear he has final say on roster decisions and praised GM Howie Roseman for his expertise with contracts and the salary cap.

The Eagles missed the playoffs in 2014 after a 9-3 start, losing three straight games in December. They ended up 10-6 for the second year in a row, though they won the NFC East in 2013.

This year, the Eagles are 6-9 with one game left in the season.

Oregon Ducks probation

Kelly issued an apology on June 26, 2013 after the NCAA levied a three-year probation onto the Ducks football program for recruiting violations.

“Now that the NCAA has concluded their investigation and penalized the University of Oregon and its football program, I want to apologize to the University of Oregon, all of its current and former players and their fans,” Kelly said in a statement. “I accept my share of responsibility for the actions that led to the penalties.”

Kelly also added that the investigation did not prompt his decision to leave for the school to become head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2012, file photo, Oregon football coach Chip Kelly watches the clock wind down during the final moments of an NCAA college football game against Colorado in Eugene, Ore. The NCAA has taken away a scholarship and placed Oregon's football program on probation for three years for recruiting violations under previous coach Kelly. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)
FILE – In this Oct. 27, 2012, file photo, Oregon football coach Chip Kelly watches the clock wind down during the final moments of an NCAA college football game against Colorado in Eugene, Ore. The NCAA has taken away a scholarship and placed Oregon’s football program on probation for three years for recruiting violations under previous coach Kelly. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)

 

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