Kelly Watch Ends: If It Quacks Like A Duck

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Oregon coach Chip Kelly told the Eagles he will remain with the Ducks, a source close to the situation confirmed Sunday night. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Oregon coach Chip Kelly told the Eagles he will remain with the Ducks, a source close to the situation confirmed Sunday night.

The Eagles and Browns, the two teams who courted Kelly most seriously, seemed prepared for the decision. the Eagles interviewed Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy Sunday, and the Browns basically announced they were moving on, before Kelly's decision was made.

The easy assumption is that Nike's Phil Knight, the godfather of the Oregon program, stepped up with more cash for Kelly, who already made $3.5 million a year. But it also seems possible that Kelly might not have gotten the kind of control over Browns or Eagles operations that a big-time college coach is accustomed to having.

The Eagles have never named a favored candidate, but their longest interviews so far, by a long shot, have been with Penn State coach Bill O'Brien and Kelly, who both decided to stay in college. it's hard not to infer they were the top candidates.

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