King Believes Kelly Will Be Candidate To Replace Reid

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SI.com’s Peter King chimes in on who he thinks could be in the mix to replace Andy Reid:

Close to the end, barring a miracle stay by Jeffrey Lurie. Could Oregon coach Chip Kelly, his national title hopes dashed, be waiting in the wings? I believe he’ll be a candidate to take the Eagles job after leaving the Bucs at the altar last year.

We’ve written about Kelly quite a bit in this space. His Oregon squad lost in overtime to Stanford Saturday night. Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reports that potential NCAA sanctions could push Kelly to the NFL after this season:

The NCAA has been conducting a lengthy investigation into possible payments to intermediaries with ties to recruits. And while the governing body has announced no timetable for any decisions, according to sources with knowledge of the situation, the sanctions could be severe and a decision could be coming after the season. In recent months, the NCAA has conducted interviews lasting six hours or more with “recruiting services” personnel connected to the program, and NFL executives see the situation as being similar to when Pete Carroll left USC to head to the Seahawks in 2010. Carroll bolted to Seattle with sanctions looming, and months later USC was hit with a two-year bowl ban and scholarship reductions that have plagued the program throughout Lane Kiffin’s tenure.

Meanwhile, there continues to be a growing sentiment that Jon Gruden plans on returning to the sidelines after this season. But according to La Canfora, Gruden is being targeted by college programs like Arkansas and Tennessee:

League sources said Gruden has made calls identifying possible staff members with his focus seeming more on the college game, asking questions of those potential staffers about recruiting and issues that do not relate to pro football. Numerous sources who have talked to him in recent weeks came away with the impression that Gruden was more serious about return to coaching now than at any time since he was fired by the Bucs after the 2008 season, although it still would have to be a perfect situation to lure him from his current job at ESPN, where he is well compensated and gets to have a fairly normal family life.

Gruden and the Monday Night Football crew must be thrilled that they’ll get to call the Eagles-Panthers game next week. The two teams are a combined 5-15 and have been outscored by a total of 149 points.

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  • Tom33

    I hope they look elsewhere. Name the last purely college coach with no NFL experience to have success. The only current guy is Harbaugh, based on 1 season, and he had a lot of experience in the NFL as a player. Before him – Jimmy Johnson might be the only other one. Lots of “big hires” from the college ranks that fizzled out – Switzer, Sabin, Spurrier, Holtz, Petrino – and that’s just off the top of my head. Please hire a guy with NFL experience, as a coordinator preferably, and not a retread (Gruden). We’ve been spoiled the last 10+ years – I don’t want another decade of sucking (like the 70’s, the 80’s, the 90’s, etc.)

    • Sean

      I’d call Pete Carroll (mentioned in article) a success… very recent hire, came from same conference (Pac12), similar success in college (no NC’s for Chip though)..

      • Septhinox

        Pete Carroll was the Patriots HC before Belichick.

  • JofreyRice

    Well, if Kelly is the guy, I guess it’s kind of good that we have a top 5 RB on the roster, along with a promising rookie, in Brown. A run-heavy offense might be kind of cool to see, –and considering there isn’t a good college QB to draft, even if Foles goes down in flames–would be a good way to hide a subpar passing game.

    They have to figure out something on defense, though. These guys can’t do anything well.

  • Loke2112

    I would like Gruden to coach at Tennessee, my favorite college team, just stay away from the Eagles.

  • xlGmanlx

    Or you throw the checkbook at Saban. I think nobody really wanted to be in Miami, especially with that ownership. Guy has NFL experience and comes from the BB tree via Cleveland.

  • Oscar Campos

    What about Andy’s future post-Eagles? There`s a lot of talk about San Diego, but wouldn’t he be a good fit in Brigham Young if there’s an opening in the near future?

  • Gary Pyle

    What about the Stanford coach as a candidate, do you think the eagles have enough bright minds to operate his offense?

  • defroe81

    JAY GRUDEN not john gruden thats who we should be looking at JAY!!!