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Kelly also emphasized how his offenses at the University of New Hampshire, which predated his tenure at Oregon, featured dropback passers.

“I want to coach Nick,” Kelly said. “I want to get a chance to spend time with him. I’m a big fan of his, the way he plays the game, his toughness, his ability to throw the ball, very accurate.”

Those decisions aren’t close to being finalized, apparently. Kelly has watched the Eagles‘ 2012 game film, but he’s not as familiar with the players as Roseman, who has been the general manager since 2010 and with the organization since 2000.

In the previous regime, Reid controlled personnel decisions. Kelly, however, expressed some disinterest in that side of the business. Their player evaluations are collaborative, then.

“The questions he’s asking, a lot of them are intangible stuff,” Roseman said. “That’s one of the hardest things about free agency and the draft is that you don’t know these players that well. We try to give [our new coaching staff] as much background as we know on the guys and their situation in Philadelphia and then help make the decision there.”

At this point, then, the newest version of the Philadelphia Eagles is more intriguing than anything tangible. The rest of the division is on alert.

“The challenges that Chip Kelly presents are obvious,” Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s just a darn good football coach, and he’s bringing that style of football to the NFL.

“I think we have seen glimpses of that the last couple of years where there has been a trickle up of college offenses to the NFL. And they are challenging. And his style is even different than some of the things we have seen. We are going to do a lot of studying of what he’s done to make sure we’re ready.”