PHILADEPLHIA - Oregon Ducks Coach Chip Kelly landed in Philadelphia Wednesday night and was met by the media at the Airport.
First, he told them how tough the decision was saying, “It was really tough, I left a special, special place and that’s what probably took me so long to make a decision.”
Kelly, then talked about the Eagles and a chance to coach in the NFL.
“The Challenge is what I was excited about and that’s why I came,” says Kelly adding, “It’s a great city, it’s an iconic franchise and it’s got an unbelievable owner, but I left some great people back in Oregon and that was the tough part.”
Kelly says the Eagles didn’t have to convince him to come. He wanted the challenge, but said it was hard leaving the Ducks and Oregon.
“I was sold on the Eagles the first time I met them,” said Kelly, “My ties to Oregon is what it was. It’s a people deal. I have great players there and unbelievable coaching staff and that’s what made it hard because it’s a human decision, but the Eagles are the Eagles and it’s the NFL.”
Chip is the first coach to go to four BCS Bowl games in his first four years as coach and piled up a 46-7 record in just four years with the Ducks.
He was asked if the coaching the Philadelphia Eagles was a dream job for him.
"My dream is to just win,” says Chip. “And this was the best opportunity for me to win. I never thought a long time ago that I was going to be able to coach in the NFL, but I’m excited about the opportunity.”
Finally, Kelly left reporters with a little humor, saying, “I know there’s a rabid fan base here, which is good. I had a text on the plane that I was getting tracked like Santa Claus, which was flattering, until I remembered that the Philly fans booed Santa Claus. I hope they don’t boo me. I’m just excited to be here. It’s an exciting time and I’m ready to get to work. “