Eagles dump head coach Kelly after three seasons

Tue Dec 29, 2015 8:26pm EST
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(Reuters) - The Philadelphia Eagles fired head coach Chip Kelly on Tuesday, less than one week before the end of the regular season.

Amid fan discontent over Kelly's tactics, trade moves and player management, he was ditched three days after the 6-9 Eagles fell out of playoff contention with a loss to NFC East rivals Washington.

"We appreciate all the contributions that Chip Kelly made and wish him every success going forward," owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement released by the team.

Pat Shurmur will be interim head coach for Sunday's season finale against the Giants in New York where the Eagles will bid to snap a two-game losing streak.

Kelly, 52, had a 26-21 record in three seasons in Philadelphia.

The Eagles also released Ed Marynowitz, vice president of player personnel. His replacement is Tom Donahoe, who has been senior football advisor for the Eagles since 2012.

This season the Eagles rank last in the league in time of possession while Kelly's tactics have been criticized by fans. There have also been grumblings about his interpersonal skills in relating to some of his players.

His move to the Eagles was his first NFL job after he had spent more than two decades coaching in college ranks.


Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly reacts on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the their quarter at the Georgia Dome. Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports