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Kelly has to deny interest in leaving Eagles for Longhorns

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The Philadelphia Eagles knew they were gambling when they hired Chip Kelly. Since the Eagles lured Kelly from the Oregon Ducks when it looked like he would stay in school, karma might dictate that he leave Philadelphia without warning too. Yet if that happens, it won't be after this season and it won't be because of the Texas Longhorns, which Kelly had to deny on Dec. 16.

ESPN alleged that Kelly was a candidate for the Longhorns' now vacant coaching job, which he quickly denied. He was assured that "I'm the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles" and that he was "going to be here for a while," which should have been a given right away.

Whether Kelly eventually wants to return to college in the future, it shouldn't be after one season -- especially one where the Eagles lead the NFC East. It also shouldn't be with the Longhorns, as leaving Philadelphia for any Texas related team would be a bitter gut punch right now. In any case, Texas is already set to pursue countless A-list names to replace Mack Brown -- with even fellow NFL coaches Pete Carroll and Mike McCarthy allegedly on it's "A-list," according to Chris Mortensen.

The Longhorns have the resources and prestige to make a case, even if many candidates are secure enough in college or the pros. Kelly is set to be secure in Philadelphia for a while, especially if the Eagles take the NFC East a year after Andy Reid's final 4-12 season.

Of course, Kelly showed he still has limitations in Philadelphia's 48-30 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Dec. 15 -- which could have derailed the season if not for the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers. Although Kelly remains vulnerable to speed bumps, his 8-6 record so far provides hope that he can rise higher, and faster than expected.

Now that the Eagles are winning again, they will be expected to be full fledged Super Bowl contenders again soon enough, even if it doesn't come this year. Yet if Philadelphia remains good but not good enough for a few years -- like it was at the end of Reid's tenure -- will the city lose patience with Kelly? At that point, rumors like the ones about Texas won't be as easy to dismiss in the future.

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