January 17, 2013

NFL Notebook: Eagles, Bears fill coaching vacancies

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PHILADELPHIA - In the end, Chip Kelly chose the NFL, giving the Eagles their guy.

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Chip Kelly said he was returning to coach Oregon 10 days ago, but changed his mind and will be the new coach for the Philadelphia Eagles after four years with the Ducks.

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Marc Trestman, a longtime assistant in the NFL, is the new coach for the Chicago Bears. Trestman spent the last five years coaching in the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes.

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Philadelphia hired Kelly on Wednesday, just 10 days after he decided to stay at Oregon. The 49-year-old Kelly, known as an offensive innovator, becomes the 21st coach in team history and replaces Andy Reid, who was fired Dec. 31 after a 4-12 season.

He'll be introduced at a news conference at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Eagles' practice facility.

Kelly, who was 46-7 in four years at Oregon, interviewed with the Eagles, Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills in a two-day span after leading the fast-flying Ducks to a victory over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3.

The Eagles are known to have interviewed 11 candidates, including two meetings with Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. All along, Kelly was thought to be Philadelphia's first choice in a long, exhaustive process that took many twists.

"Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles," owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. "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."

The enigmatic Kelly reportedly was close to signing with the Browns after a long interview Jan. 4. He met with the Eagles for nine hours the next day, setting up a soap-opera scenario in which the Eagles were competing with Browns CEO Joe Banner, their former president and longtime friend of Lurie who left the organization after a falling out. But that roller coaster ended when Kelly opted to remain -- temporarily -- in Eugene, Ore.

Kelly doesn't have any pro coaching experience, but aspects of his up-tempo offense are already being used by New England and Washington.

BEARS: Chicago hired Montreal Alouettes Coach Marc Trestman to replace the fired Lovie Smith and gave him two basic tasks -- fix the offense and lead the team to the playoffs on a consistent basis.

It's the first head coaching job in the NFL for Trestman, a longtime assistant in the league who spent the past five seasons coaching the CFL's Alouettes and led them to two Grey Cup titles. Trestman was an offensive coordinator with Cleveland, San Francisco, Arizona and Oakland.

Trestman hwasted little time starting to assemble his staff.

A person familiar with the situation said the Bears hired New Orleans Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer as their offensive coordinator.

The Dallas Cowboys, meanwhile, reported on their website that special teams coach Joe DeCamillis was leaving to become Chicago's assistant head coach/special teams coordinator.

CHIEFS: Andy Reid hired former Jaguars offensive line coach Andy Heck to fulfill the same duty with Kansas City.

Reid also announced Kevin O'Dea will be an assistant special teams coach.

CARDINALS: Arizona interviewed Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and plans to talk to the Indianapolis Colts' Bruce Arians.

GIANTS: Quarterback Eli Manning will replace Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers on the NFC roster for the Pro Bowl.

Rodgers dropped out because of knee and ankle issues, so Manning joins Atlanta's Matt Ryan -- unless the Falcons make the Super Bowl -- and New Orleans' Drew Brees as NFC quarterbacks.

This will be Manning's second Pro Bowl; he played in the game in Honolulu following the 2008 season.

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