Chip Kelly, Philadelphia Eagles don’t appear to be headed for a breakup — for now (Shutdown Corner)

All it took was the biggest upset of the season for Philadelphia to fall in love with Chip Kelly. OK, so the relationship isn’t that strong, but all indications following the Eagles’ stunning 35-28 victory against the New England Patriots on Sunday afternoon suggest Kelly will remain Philadelphia’s head coach. Owners do not plan to fire Kelly after the season, per CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora , and Kelly told MMQB’s Peter King , “I made a commitment to this organization when they hired me, and I will see it through.” Kelly has two years remaining on the $32.5 million contract he signed with the Eagles in January 2013. Sunday’s victory improved his NFL coaching record to 25-19, and remarkably Philadelphia has a chance to be tied for the division lead should the Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins on Monday night. In fact, if Dallas takes down Washington, the Eagles would make the playoffs by winning out — a notion that seemed preposterous after Philadelphia allowed 90 points to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions in consecutive weeks, but suddenly doesn’t sound so crazy after a season-defining sort of win in Foxboro.  Of course, reports from La Canfora and King won’t sway speculation that Kelly would prefer to either return to the college coaching ranks or be reunited with his former quarterback at Oregon, Marcus Mariota, by way of a trade to the Tennessee Titans. Those rumors will continue even if Philadelphia runs the table. “I don’t have to convince people I’m staying,” Kelly told King. “I can’t. Everyone says, ‘He’s a college guy.’ It’s going to take a while for people to look at the ticker across the bottom of the screen without my name on it for people to understand.” None of this is to say Philadelphia is without concerns. Those same reports both suggested there’s a divide among players in the Eagles’ locker room. Plus, Sam Bradford, the quarterback Kelly traded Nick Foles and his 2016 second-round pick for this past offseason, is entering free agency, and DeMarco Murray, the running back Kelly signed for $42 million in March, appeared to be a third-string player on Sunday. So, maybe we should end speculation over Kelly’s coaching future with the Eagles and begin wondering whether he’ll be in charge of Philadelphia’s player personnel department this summer. – – – – – – – Ben Rohrbach is a contributor for Ball Don’t Lie and Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @brohrbach

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