Around the NFL | Wednesday’s news and notes
Eagles hire Chip Kelly: In the end, Chip Kelly chose the NFL, giving the Eagles their guy. 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 on Dec. 31 after a 4-12 season. He’ll be introduced at a news conference today at 1:30 p.m. 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 No. 2 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. The enigmatic Kelly reportedly was close to signing with the Browns after a long interview on 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. At the time, it was the second straight year Kelly had entertained overtures from NFL teams only to reject them. He turned down Tampa Bay’s job deep into negotiations last season.
Bears hire Trestman: The Chicago Bears hired Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman on Wednesday 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. How he meshes with quarterback Jay Cutler could go a long way toward determining his success. 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. Chicago general manager Phil Emery cast a wide net in his search, meeting with at least 13 candidates. Besides Trestman, he also brought back Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and the Indianapolis Colts’ Bruce Arians for second interviews.
Cardinals still looking: The Arizona Cardinals, one of two NFL teams still looking for a head coach, have interviewed Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and plan to talk to Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. Bevell, 43, was interviewed on Wednesday at Cardinals headquarters. He was the fifth known candidate to interview for the job vacated when the team fired Ken Whisenhunt the day after the season ended. It wasn’t known when the Arians interview would be held, but that news, first reported by NFL.com and confirmed by The Associated Press, indicates Arizona’s search will go on a few more days, at least.
New-look Browns hire 2 VPs: The Browns have hired a pair of executive vice presidents, filling out their front office under new owner Jimmy Haslam. Sashi Brown was hired as executive VP and general counsel on Wednesday. Brent Stehlik will be an executive VP and chief revenue officer. Brown spent the past eight seasons as general counsel with the Jacksonville Jaguars. His duties included negotiating contracts, licensing issues and litigation. He was an attorney with a Washington, D.C.-based law firm before joining the Jaguars.
Stehlik was with the San Diego Padres the past three seasons, serving as senior vice president for business operations. He’ll be in charge of generating revenue and working with clients. Stehlik also has worked with the Dallas Cowboys, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Tampa Bay Lightning.