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Impressive First Season Earns Chip Kelly Maxwell Club NFL Coach of the Year

January 16th, 2014 at 7:29 PM
By Scott Erik Anderson

Exactly one year ago, the Philadelphia Eagles hired a college football head coach to be the next head coach of the Eagles. The man for the job: Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks. What he and the Eagles would do for the 2013 season, no one expected. That is why he is being honored for it.

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The Maxwell Club of Philadelphia named Chip Kelly the NFL Coach of the Year today. It was an honor that Kelly rightfully deserved considering the huge turnaround the Eagles had this season. 

Last season, with Andy Reid as head coach, the Eagles finished with a miserable 4-12 record. This season, with Chip Kelly at the helm, the Eagles finished 10-6. In addition to that, the Eagles won the NFC East. To top it all off, they made their first playoff appearance since 2010. The improvement made from last year was the largest made by a head coach in only their first year on the job.

Winning the Maxwell Award puts Kelly alongside two other Eagles head coaches who have won the award while in Philadelphia. Ray Rhodes won the NFL Coach of the Year award in 1995. Rhodes took the Eagles to the playoffs in his first year and won their first game after finishing with a 10-6 record. The other Eagles head coach to win the award, twice, is Andy Reid. The first time came after the 2002 season and the second came after the 2010 season.

Kelly is also on the shortlist of favorites to win the most prestigious award for a coach: the AP NFL Coach of the Year. Kelly is going up against Bruce Arians of the Arizona Cardinals, Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers and Reid.

Tags: Andy Reid, Chip Kelly, Coach of the Year, Football, Maxwell Club, NFL, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles

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