Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes: Eagles Fire Coach Kelly

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes: Eagles Fire Coach Kelly

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The Philadelphia Eagles fired Chip Kelly with one game left in the 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 his first two seasons. They were eliminated from playoff contention when they lost to Washington at home on Saturday and are 7-12 in Kelly's last 19 games.

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who formerly held that position with the Rams, will coach the Eagles in their season finale, Sunday against the Giants.

Eagles CEO Jeffrey Lurie told fans in an email that he made the move after "evaluating the many factors involved in our performance."

The Eagles also fired Ed Marynowitz, who was vice president of player personnel.

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 to the Rams for Sam Bradford.

Kelly didn't want players perceived as "me-first" guys and alienated some of his players.

Kelly 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.

Shortly after Kelly was fired, former Eagles linebacker Emmanuel Acho tweeted: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Two current Eagles players, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associted Press that several players had met in groups in recent weeks to discuss their frustration with Kelly. They said they expressed relief in text exchanges after the firing was announced.

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