Kelly is Maxwell Club's coach of the year

Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. (Clem Murray/Staff file photo)
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. (Clem Murray/Staff file photo)
Posted: January 18, 2014

Chip Kelly was named professional coach of the year by the Maxwell Football Club on Thursday, the one-year anniversary of his hiring as Eagles coach.

The Philadelphia club's award is named after former Eagles coach Greasy Neale.

Kelly led the Eagles to a 10-6 finish and the NFC East title, including a 7-1 mark in the final eight games of the regular season. It was a six-win improvement from 2012. The Eagles lost to the New Orleans Saints in the opening round of the playoffs.

Kelly oversaw the NFL's No. 2 offense this season. He also groomed Nick Foles into a Pro Bowl quarterback.

There was stiff competition for the award. Andy Reid led the Kansas City Chiefs to the playoffs in his first year after leaving Philadelphia, and San Diego's Mike McCoy won a postseason game as a rookie head coach.

Kelly will be honored March 14 at the Maxwell Club's awards banquet at the Revel in Atlantic City.

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