UPDATE 12:10 PM
Chip Kelly is the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, according to league sources. No announcement yet.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 16, 2013
This news comes just ten days after he reportedly decided to stay at Oregon. The Eagles have once again become one of the most interesting NFL teams to watch in the offseason. His high-scoring, fast-tempo spread offense was one of the more exciting college offenses to watch, and given the success of the San Francisco 49ers with Collin Kaepernick, as well as the Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson, it certainly can work.
The Cleveland Browns were also reportedly close to hiring Kelly before they looked elsewhere.
The Chicago Bears have hired Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman as their new head coach. The long-time NFL assistant has spent the last 9 years in the Canadian Football League, so this is a very odd hire to the least. Still, Trestman, was becoming a hot-name this offseaon, and several other teams were reportedly considering him. He’s been with the Alouettes since 2008, notching a 64-34 record. The Alouettes won the Grey Cup Championship in 2009 and 2010, and Trestman was named CFL Coach of the Year in 2009.
The Indianapolis Colts could be losing Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians after he coached much of the 2012 season in place of Chuck Pagano, and helped lead Indy to an 11-5 record. He is reportedly the third finalist for the Chicago Bears head-coaching vacancy. Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman and Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell are the other finalists. If Arians does earn a head-coaching job, it will be just one year after the Pittsburgh Steelers chose to part ways with him.
Denver Broncos Pro Bowl left tackle Ryan Clady has withdrawn from this year’s Pro Bowl due to a shoulder injury, allowing Bengals tackle Andrew Whitorth to go in his place. Clady has started all 80 games since entering the league in 2008, and will be one of the most highly-sought after free agents this offseason if the Broncos let him walk.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers says injuries to his lower extremities will keep him out of the Pro Bowl. New York Giants QB Eli Manning will be Rodgers’ replacement.
Three days after a historically bad performance by the Green Bay Packers’ defense against the San Franciso 49ers and Collin Kaepernick, Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy says that defensive coordinator Dom Capers will likely be back.
According to CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler, Texas A&M RB Christine Michael has been one of the best-looking prospects in practice leading up to Saturday’s East-West Shrine game, which is regarded by most as the second-best college football all-star game, only behind the Senior Bowl.
Bears WR Brandon Marshall needs arthroscopic surgery on his hip.
The Chiefs have hired Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub as their ST coordinator.