The Philadelphia Eagles fired Chip Kelly with one game left in his third 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 Kelly’s first two seasons. They were eliminated from playoff contention after losing to Washington at home on Saturday night.
Eagles CEO Jeffrey Lurie issued a one-sentence statement to the media, saying he appreciates Kelly’s contributions and wishes him success going forward.
Lurie told fans in an email that he decided to make a change after “evaluating the many factors involved in our performance as a team.”
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 for Sam Bradford.
He 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.
Kelly replaced Andy Reid and led the Eagles to an NFC East title in 2013 after they were 4-12 a year earlier. The Eagles lost at home to New Orleans in the playoffs and missed the postseason in 2014 after starting 9-3.
They were 7-12 in Kelly’s last 19 games.
Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur will coach the team in the season finale at the New York Giants on Sunday.
Lurie told fans President Don Smolenski and Howie Roseman, the executive vice president of football operations, will assist him in the search for a new coach.
St. Louis makes pitch
A task force empaneled by Missouri’s governor made its formal financing pitch to the NFL for a billion-dollar stadium along the Mississippi River, hoping to keep the St. Louis Rams from bolting for suburban Los Angeles or attract a new team if they do.
The nearly 400-page tome sent off by the group late Monday arrived at the league’s New York offices Tuesday, said Brian McCarthy, an NFL spokesman. The league had set a Wednesday deadline for local governments in St. Louis, Oakland and San Diego to submit their plans for new stadiums amid the possibility of relocation as early as next season.
The St. Louis proposal for the open-air, $1.1 billion stadium along the Mississippi north of the iconic Gateway Arch calls for $150 million from the city, $250 million from the team owner, at least $200 million from the league, and $160 million in fan seat licenses. The rest of the money comes from the state, either through tax credits or bonds.
DeMarcus Ware beat AJ McCarron to a fumbled snap in overtime, clinching the Broncos’ fifth consecutive playoff berth and denying the Bengals their first road win on a Monday night since 1990 in a 20-17 win.
Ware’s recovery followed a 37-yard field goal by Brandon McManus, who shanked a 45-yarder at the end of regulation.
McCarron was injured on the game’s final play and suffered a sprained left wrist, an MRI revealed Tuesday, according to multiple reports. He is expected to play Sunday against the Ravens.
The Colts signed free-agent quarterbacks Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley.
... Jaguars owner Shad Khan released a statement confirming that coach Gus Bradley will return in 2016 for the final year of his contract.
... The Falcons placed nose tackle Paul Soliai (calf) on injured reserve.
... Bills starting tight end Charles Clay and backup cornerback Ron Brooks will miss the team’s season finale against the Jets on Sunday after being placed on the reserved-injured list.