PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The hiring of Chip Kelly by the Eagles to be the team’s head coach came as a surprise to many. The reaction among analysts was mixed, and among players seemed positive. Here’s a sample of what they said.
Eagles center Jason Kelce: “He’s a brilliant mind. We have a lot of weapons on the Eagles that kind of assimilates to what he was doing at Oregon.
Eagles tight end Brent Celek: “I’m real excited. It’s obvious by his track record in college how good he was.”
Eagles defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins: “He’s a successful person. He’s had a lot of success and anytime you have somebody like that and his desire, he’s going to do whatever it takes for us to be as successful here as well.
Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson on twitter: “Let’s get it! Congrats #CoachKelly #Eagles”
Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham on twitter: “Happy to have Chip Kelly!! Now it’s time to get to work!”
Eagles safety Kurt Coleman on twitter: “Welcome Chip Kelly to the Eagles family. Can’t wait to see what he brings to the team in 2013!”
San Francisco 49ers running back LaMichael James on playing for Kelly: “It was always fun. He made me love football and was always energetic. Playing offense, I never got bored. We were always moving fast. He taught me a lot of life lessons on and off the field.”
KYW’s Matt Leon interviews Ray Didinger about Chip Kelly:
ESPN analyst and former head coach Jon Gruden: “This guy’s a stud. This guy’s a stand-up guy. He’s the first guy to take credit when things go wrong, and I really believe he’s going to be a dominant coach for a long time.”
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, on Kelly’s no-huddle offense: “I was interested to hear how he did it. I would say he expanded it to a different level and it was very interesting to understand what he was doing. Certainly I’ve learned a lot from talking to Chip about his experiences with it and how he does it and his procedure and all that.”