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Eagles lure Kelly away from Ducks

PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles hired Chip Kelly as coach Wednesday, 10 days after he decided to stay at Oregon. Kelly, 49, who replaces the fired Andy Reid, will be introduced at a news conference today.

"He has a brilliant football mind," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement released by the team. "He motivates his team with his actions as well as his words. He … will bring a fresh energetic approach to our team."

Kelly, 46-7 in four seasons at Oregon, interviewed with the Eagles, Browns and Bills in a two-day span after winning the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3. A day later, several media outlets reported he was close to a deal with the Browns. But soon after, Kelly announced he was staying at Oregon.

"It's a very difficult decision for me," Kelly told KEZI-TV of Eugene, Ore. "It took me so long to make it just because the people here are special."

Ducks athletic director Rob Mullens said Kelly called him Wednesday morning to tell him.

"He wasn't sure if that opportunity would present itself again," Mullens said. "So he felt this was the right one at the right time."

Bears hire CFL coach

CHICAGO — The Bears hired Canadian Football League coach Marc Trestman as coach. It's the first NFL coaching job for Trestman, who will be introduced at a news conference today.

Trestman has been the offensive coordinator for the Browns, 49ers, Cardinals and Raiders and spent the past five seasons with Montreal. He led the Alouettes to two Grey Cup titles.

Trestman quickly hired Aaron Kromer as offensive coordinator, the Associated Press reported. He was the Saints offensive line coach and interim coach for six games this season. And the Chicago Sun-Times reported Rod Marinelli will remain as defensive coordinator.

Raheem to interview: Former Bucs coach Raheem Morris will interview with the Browns to become defensive coordinator. He spent this past season as the Redskins secondary coach.

More coaching: The Cardinals interviewed Seahawks offen­sive coordinator Darrell Bevell and plan to talk to Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. … Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley interviewed with the Jaguars, reported.

Titans: Receiver Kenny Britt met with police in Jersey City, N.J., four days after he dropped off his brother, who had a non-life threatening stab wound, at a hospital but didn't cooperate with authorities. Police said only they are still investigating.

Pro Bowl: Giants quarterback Eli Manning was added. He replaces the Packers' Aaron Rodgers, who has knee and ankle injuries. Also, Bears receiver Brandon Marshall said he won't play after Tuesday's minor surgery on his hip. A replacement wasn't named.

Times staff writer Rick Stroud contributed to this report.

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