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Chip didn't engineer this personnel move

Chip Kelly brought his up-tempo Oregon offense and his unique approach to players to the NFL.

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Chip Kelly brought his up-tempo Oregon offense and his unique approach to players to the NFL.

GM Chip Kelly cost coach Chip Kelly his job.

The Philadelphia Eagles fired Kelly on Tuesday night with one game left in his third season, dumping the coach/personnel boss after missing the playoffs in consecutive years.

Kelly was released before the finale of a disappointing season that began with Super Bowl expectations. The Eagles are 6-9 after going 10-6 two years in a row. They were eliminated from playoff contention after losing to Washington at home on Saturday night.

Eagles CEO Jeffrey Lurie issued a one-sentence statement to the media, saying he appreciates Kelly's contributions and wishes him success going forward.

One thing is for certain: Kelly will be a sought-after candidate for just about every open NFL and high-profile college job. Kelly was considered one of the most innovative coaches in the country when the Eagles lured him away from Oregon in 2013. Already, there is speculation that Kelly would be interested in the Tennessee Titans opening. Kelly has never hidden his affection for Marcus Mariota. Before the 2015 draft, he tried to trade up to acquire his former quarterback but couldn't put together a deal.

Lurie told fans in an email that he decided to make a change after "evaluating the many factors involved in our performance as a team."

The Eagles also fired Ed Marynowitz, who was vice president of player personnel. Longtime NFL executive Tom Donahoe will assume the role of senior director of player personnel.

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur will coach the team in the season finale at the New York Giants on Sunday.

Kelly gained full control of personnel decisions last offseason, winning a power struggle with then-general manager Howie Roseman. But Kelly tore apart a winning team and several of his bold moves backfired.

Since March 2014, Kelly released three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson, traded two-time All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy, didn't re-sign 2014 Pro Bowl wideout Jeremy Maclin, cut two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis and traded quarterback Nick Foles and a 2016 second-round draft pick for Sam Bradford.

He also gave big money in free agency to running back DeMarco Murray and cornerback Byron Maxwell. Murray has been a bust and Maxwell has underperformed. Kelly even signed Tim Tebow, but released him after he won the competition for the No. 3 quarterback job.

Kelly didn't want players perceived as "me-first" guys. He alienated some of his players, though the only ones who spoke out against him did it after they were gone. Shortly after Kelly was fired, Eagles linebacker Emmanuel Acho tweeted: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Contributing: ESPN.com

Chip didn't engineer this personnel move 12/29/15 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 29, 2015 10:19pm]
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