Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Eagles fire coach Chip Kelly

PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles fired Chip Kelly with one game left in his third season, dumping the coach after missing the playoffs in consecutive years.

Kelly was released Tuesday night just before the end of a disappointing season that began with Super Bowl expectations. The Eagles are 6-9 after going 10-6 in each of Kelly's first two seasons. They were eliminated from playoff contention after losing to Washington at home Saturday night.

Eagles CEO Jeffrey Lurie issued a one-sentence statement to the media, saying he appreciates Kelly's contributions and wishes him success. 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 vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz.

Kelly made several bold moves that backfired after assuming full control of personnel decisions last offseason. Since March 2014, he 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.

BUCS PROMOTE EX-GATOR: The Bucs placed safety Major Wright on injured reserve, allowing them to promote former Gators tight end Tevin Westbrook to the active roster.

Westbrook will be able to compete for a backup tight end job next fall. The Bucs likely will have Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Luke Stocker and Cameron Brate back. The 6-foot-5, 257-pound Westbrook had 11 career catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns at Florida.

Wright, 27, ends up missing seven games with injuries. His production has dropped off from 100 tackles with the Bears in 2013 to 51 with the Bucs last year to 25 this season.

The Bucs also are signing former Appalachian State cornerback Joel Ross to their practice squad. Ross, 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, had three interceptions as a senior last year and was with the Cowboys in preseason.

JAGS RETAIN COACH: Jaguars owner Shad Khan released a statement confirming that coach Gus Bradley will return for the final year of his contract. Khan said he spoke to Bradley and general manager Dave Caldwell. Bradley is 12-35 in three seasons.

STADIUM PLAN: A task force empaneled by Missouri's governor made its formal financing pitch to the NFL for a billion-dollar stadium along the Mississippi River, hoping to keep the St. Louis Rams from bolting for suburban Los Angeles or to attract a new team if they do.

BENGALS: Quarterback Mike Kafka, who hasn't thrown a pass in a regular-season game since 2011, was signed to the practice squad. Starter Andy Dalton is out with a thumb injury, and backup A.J. McCarron is day to day with a wrist injury.

PANTHERS: Running back Jonathan Stewart ran on the treadmill, the most activity he has seen since he sprained his foot more than three weeks ago. He described himself as "day by day."

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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