Oregon Ducks Coach Chip Kelly a Perfect Fit for Philadelphia Eagles

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2012

EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks looks on as his team warms up before the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Autzen Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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With Andy Reid's seat getting hotter after each week's loss, the Philadelphia Eagles will surely be in the market for a new head coach in 2013.

Who starts at quarterback is still a matter the Eagles brass needs to determine, but one thing we do know is it has an idea of who it wants at the helm next season.

According to Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network (h/t Kareem Copeland of NFL.com), the Eagles have expressed interest in Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly. As Lombardi put it, "He's the prettiest girl in the school. Everyone is going after Chip Kelly because of what he brings uniquely offensively."

Kelly would be a great fit for the Eagles. They could use a revamped offense and that is precisely what he excels in.

Kelly's former player and current Eagles linebacker Casey Matthews also believes Kelly would be a good fit for Philadelphia, according to Philly.com's Jeff McLane: "I think the fans here would love him. They would love his attitude, his go-get-it mentality."

Based on what we've seen from the offensive genius at Oregon, it's hard to disagree with Matthews' thoughts about his former coach joining the Eagles.

Kelly currently heads an Oregon squad that ranks third in the nation in rushing yards and second in points per game, averaging roughly 50 points per game.

Oregon senior RB Kenjon Barner is one of many who have benefited from Kelly's genius offensive schemes, as Barner ranks in the Top 10 in the nation with his 248 carries for 1,624 yards and 21 TDs. 

Kelly's spread offense in the Eagles' system could definitely work. Whether it's Michael Vick or Nick Foles under center, having speedy receivers in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin to go with a versatile running back like LeSean McCoy is exactly what Philadelphia's offense needs to thrive under Kelly.

With Bryce Brown emerging as a viable option at running back, the Eagles could use the upcoming draft to bolster their offensive line to comply with Kelly's offense so that McCoy and Brown could flourish in the Eagles' new-look, spread offense.

Again, it's all speculation for now, but the idea of Kelly taking over the Eagles has to excite the fans in Philadelphia. 

After all, besides a spread offense, you can bet Kelly will bring some creative uniform ideas to the birds.


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