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Chip Kelly Says Eagles Showed Him Passion, Commitment

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Chip Kelly says there's a lot of work to do in a short time, but he's excited to be the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Kelly, who formerly coached at the University of Oregon, took questions ranging from his coaching philosophy to roster personnel during a news conference to formally introduce him Thursday afternoon at the Eagles' NovaCare Center.

Who is Kelly? In four years at Oregon, he won 87 percent of his games. This season, the Ducks averaged close to 50 points a game on offense.

Many fans seem overjoyed that Kelly, who first turned down the organization, decided to come to Philadelphia after all.

The coach said he was working hard not to get distracted from the Fiesta Bowl in which his Ducks were playing just after the New Year. He met with three organizations in 36 hours.

What did he like about the Eagles?

"The team showed me their passion, and the people in the organization showed commitment," he said.

His offense was fun to watch at Oregon, scoring 24 touchdowns this season in less than a minute.

But the coach wanted to make clear that he understands all facets of football, pointing out that he has a passion and a thirst for the game and an understanding of offense, defense and special teams.

And his offense won't just be about passing: "We can score anyway we can. We can run the ball or throw the ball. We will put players in the best position to score."

On the other side of the ball, Kelly pledged to have an "attacking-style of defense."

He declined to discuss specific coaching choices as far as coordinators go. And he shied away from questions about specific personnel, like whether his quarterback would be Michael Vick or Nick Foles, pledging to evaluate everyone not just on tape but in person.

Overall, he pledged to do what he can to improve the roster, but said, "The Eagles have a lot of youth and speed. I'm excited about that and I believe that we can win."

As for how that player selection process will go, Kelly said, "My role is defining what we want. What are we looking for in each individual position? No one individual can do it all."

He said he doesn't take his selection as coach of the franchise lightly, noting there is a "standard of excellence" for which the Eagles stand, and he even name-dropped great past players like Vince Papale.

"We have one goal which is to get to the Super Bowl," Kelly said. "Football is a team deal. The best team wins."

FOX 29's Howard Eskin pointed out Wednesday that, by his count, just three college coaches without previous NFL experience have gotten to the Super Bowl since 1966. Two of those were Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer with the Dallas Cowboys.

But Eskin agrees that times are different, and offense wins in the NFL.

In fact, all of the coaches hired this offseason, so far, by NFL teams have been better known for their offensive tactics.

As for the new coach's introduction to the media Thursday, Eskin tweeted that he was "actually impressed" with Kelly and said he "sounds like straight shooter."

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