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Chip Kelly named Maxwell Club Coach of Year
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Chip Kelly was named NFL Coach of the Year by the Maxwell Club of Philadelphia on Thursday, exactly one year after he was named head coach of the Eagles.
Kelly led the Eagles to the largest single-season improvement by a first-year coach in franchise history, taking a team that went 4-12 under Andy Reid in 2012 and going 10-6, winning the NFC East title and taking the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
The Maxwell Club was founded in 1937 by former Eagles owner and NFL Commissioner Bert Bell, but the Coach of the Year award has only been presented since 1989.
This is the fourth time an Eagles head coach has received the honor. Ray Rhodes won it in 1995 after going 10-6 with a playoff win in his first year, and Reid won the honor after the 2002 and 2010 seasons.
Other former winners of the award who have coached with the Eagles are Dick Vermeil (1999 with the Rams, 2003 with the Chiefs), Dick Jauron (2001 with the Bears), Sean Payton (2006, 2009) and Jeff Fisher (2008).
Along with Reid, Ron Rivera and Bruce Arians, Kelly is also among the favorites for the AP NFL Coach of the Year Award, which has been honored since 1957 and is considered the most official of the Coach of the Year awards. Sporting News also gives out a Coach of the Year award.
The Maxwell Club banquet is scheduled for March 14 at Revel Casino in Atlantic City.