Eagles, Bears name new coaches
The Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears named new head coaches on Wednesday, with the Eagles confirming they had lured Chip Kelly from the University of Oregon.
Kelly guided the Oregon Ducks to a 46-7 record in his four years at the university and to a prestigious bowl game in each of those seasons.
The 49-year-old is a strategic innovator who favors a fast-paced offense, his Oregon teams averaging 44.7 points per game. He'll be coaching in the NFL for the first time.
He replaces Andy Reid, who was sacked after 14 seasons with the Eagles the day after the club completed a 4-12 season.
"Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles," Philadelphia owner Jeffrey Lurie said.
"He has a brilliant football mind. He motivates his team with his actions as well as his words. He will be a great leader for us and will bring a fresh, energetic approach to our team."
In Chicago, the Bears announced that Marc Trestman will become the 14th coach in club history, taking the job after spending five years as coach of the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League.
He led the club to Grey Cup CFL titles in 2009 and 2010 and was the CFL coach of the year in 2009.
Prior to joining the CFL, Trestman was an NFL assistant coach with the Vikings, Buccaneers, Browns, 49ers, Lions, Cardinals, Raiders and Dolphins.
Trestman will replace Lovie Smith, who was sacked by the Bears when they missed the playoffs despite a 10-6 regular-season record.