As reported by the Philadelphia Eagles, the team has fired coach Chip Kelly ahead of their Week 17 game. Kelly had received significant criticism throughout his entire nearly three-year tenure as Eagles coach, especially in this season, when he assumed control of the team’s player personnel decisions.
The Eagles are currently 6-9 and are officially eliminated from the playoffs — a stark contrast to Kelly’s first two seasons, in which the Eagles finished 10-6 in both years, including a playoff appearance following the 2013 regular season. Kelly finishes his tenure with a 26-21 overall record, which is markedly better than other recent coaches who have been hired straight from the collegiate game, like Nick Saban (15-17 with the Miami Dolphins), Bobby Petrino (3-10 with the Atlanta Falcons), Steve Spurrier (12-20 with the Washington Redskins), or Lane Kiffin (5-15 with the Oakland Raiders).
In 2015, the Eagles’ offense took significant steps back from its elite production in 2013 and 2014, sliding down to average ranks after landing in the top five of many statistical categories. Kelly leaves behind a crowded but not overloaded cap sheet, with the Eagles projected to have $17.7 million in cap space for 2016 heading into this offseason.