PHILADELPHIA – Chip Kelly took the stage in front of the press Thursday morning without wearing the green and yellow of the Oregon Ducks for the first time in four years. Instead, Kelly was wearing the midnight green of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Kelly spoke in front of the local and national media during a press conference kicked off by owner Jeffrey Lurie talking about the two-week search that led the Eagles to finally come to terms with the New Hampshire native.
The media asked Kelly questions about hiring staff, his offense, and the current makeup of the Philadelphia roster. He spoke about the toughness of Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who he faced when he was the starter for PAC-12 rival Arizona in 2011.
Kelly declined to state what plans, if any, he had for former Pro Bowl selection Michael Vick saying, “There’s nothing on the board right now and there’s nothing off the board right now.”
In general, Kelly was adamant that he would make his offense work with the personnel that is currently on Philadelphia’s roster. While Vick has been a scrambler his whole career, Foles is not known as a runner.
The former Oregon head coach said he was excited to be an Eagle and that he’s ready for the NFL ranks, “I’m all in. I think it was [Hernán] Cortes who burned the boats. Well I burned the boats. I’m an NFL guy. I’m not going back [to college football].”