I’m grateful to (Eagles owner) Jeffrey Lurie for allowing me to coach his Philadelphia Eagles for the past three seasons. I deeply regret that we did not bring this great city and its fans the championship they deserve. I was blessed to work with a gifted and hard-working coaching staff every day, and they will succeed wherever they go. Finally, my players mean the world to me. I will miss them very much and I will be rooting for them to achieve their dreams. Life is all about responding to challenges and seizing opportunities.
Earlier Wednesday, Lurie told reporters the Kelly experiment in Philadelphia was a failure after the coach failed to improve on last year’s 10-win campaign.
“This was really a three-year evaluation — a three-year evaluation of where we’re heading, what is the trajectory, what is the progress or lack thereof and what did I anticipate for the foreseeable future and that’s why the decision was made,” Lurie said.
Kelly, who helped transform Oregon into a college football powerhouse, posted a 26-21 record with the Eagles. It remains to be seen if he’ll find a new home in the NFL this offseason.