There are a bunch of questions when it comes to Chip Kelly as a potential fit for the Eagles, not the least of which is how his style would match the Eagles’ current quarterback situation.
While the eventual head coach will have to be consulted, the Eagles sound ready to move on from Michael Vick. And from what I can gather, Vick is more than ready to move on from the Eagles. That leaves Nick Foles for the moment. Jeffrey Lurie in particular sounds high on the young signal-caller, and it was suggested that Foles will have every opportunity to compete for the starting job.
But Kelly’s system at Oregon is not a match for what Foles brings to the table.
Multiple reports Tuesday suggested that it was a near certainty that Andy Reid would end up in Arizona. Now Kansas City appears in play. Plus, news on the Eagles’ potential pursuit of Bill O’Brien and one name that just got scratched off the list.
Mike Nolan is a football lifer. He was a ballboy for the 49ers growing up when his father, Dick Nolan, was head coach in San Francisco during the late 60’s and early 70’s. He has been in the NFL coaching ranks for 25 years, and has served as defensive coordinator for seven different teams.
His resume is impressive, minus his four years as head coach of the 49ers. He took over that job in 2005 and was fired seven weeks into the 2008 season, compiling an 18-37 record (.327) in that time. Given his childhood ties to the organization, it had to have been a difficult pill to swallow.
Now 53 and in the midst of a successful stint as DC for the Falcons, Nolan is hoping to get another shot. The Eagles will be interviewing him this week for their head-coach opening along with Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong.
Dan Reeves, who has known Nolan for much of his life and gave him his first coaching job in the NFL, believes that he is as good of a candidate as there is on the market.
Would the hiring of Chip Kelly in Philadelphia take Nick Foles out of the quarterback equation?
Ron Jaworksi seems to think so.
“Nick Foles will not run a Chip Kelly offense if he decided to come here, rest assured of that,” Jaws told Jon Marks and Sean Brace on 97.5 The Fanatic. “If a coach like Chip Kelly…that runs this up-tempo, spread, speed-style option, these guys come here, there might be a future for Michael Vick. I know he’s , I know he’s been beat up, but I’ll tell you, some of the things I’m seeing, Michael Vick can do the same things these guys are doing in the spread option.”
The focus may be on the wrong Gruden.
While plenty of fans are clamoring for the more famous brother, Jon, to climb down from the broadcast booth to take over the Eagles in 2013, the chances of that becoming a reality are slim. But hiring his younger brother, Jay, just might make some sense.
We gave you two potential dark horse candidates for the Eagles head coaching job on Wednesday. Mike Lombardi added a name of his own.
Plus, a couple Jon Gruden notes.
Greg Schiano was asked to weigh in on the Chip Kelly debate Wednesday, and he probably didn’t even know it.
The line of questioning by the Philly media: Just how important is having some NFL coaching experience in your history to making a successful head-coaching transition from college to the pros? Schiano pointed out that his Bucs are sitting at .500 through 12 games, so he’s not sure how successful he’s been. But he made it clear that it was a big plus for him.
“I think the biggest thing for me is I was fortunate enough to have coached in the National Football League back in the late ’90s so I had a frame of reference of what kind of went on,” said Schiano.
Last time around, the Eagles shocked everybody and hired a relative unknown named Andy Reid to be their head coach. We have to at least account for the possibility that Jeffrey Lurie might favor the thrill of discovery over the security of a known entity once again.
Forget preference for a second. Even if Lurie did want a big name, who is to say he would be able to land one? There should be a lot of head coaching openings this offseason, and the Eagles don’t seem all that appealing at the moment. They might be better served getting a young, hungry assistant who is not just promising but willing to take on the hard labor ahead.
With that in mind, we made a few calls around the league and came up with a pair of sleepers to keep half-an-eye on.
Ask not what Jon Gruden can do for you. Ask what you can do for Jon Gruden.
That is the mindset that needs to be adopted if you want to get a realistic feel for the odds of the Eagles landing Chucky.