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Chip Kelly fired as head coach of Philadelphia Eagles

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PHILADELPHIA (KPTV/AP) -

Former Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly has been fired by the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles announced the decision on the team website Tuesday afternoon.

“We appreciate all the contributions that Chip Kelly made and wish him every success going forward,” said Jeffrey Lurie, chairman and CEO of the Eagles.

Kelly was in his third season as an NFL head coach. After winning 10 games in each of his first two seasons, however, the Eagles struggled in 2015, compiling a record of 6-9 with one game left to play.

Kelly, who was 46-7 in four years at Oregon, interviewed with the Eagles, Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills in a two-day span after leading the Ducks to a victory over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl in 2013.

He ultimately decided on Philadelphia.

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. 

Kelly originally went to Oregon in 2007 as offensive coordinator under Mike Bellotti. Before that, he was offensive coordinator at New Hampshire, where he started devising the innovative hurry-up offense the Ducks became known for.

Copyright 2015 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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