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When Jeffrey Lurie fired Chip Kelly, he sent the Eagles into a state of uncertainty. It’s a state that — even with the expected hiring of Doug Pederson — won’t be settled for weeks.
The lack of clarity looms because it’s unknown who Pederson will tab as his coordinators, and who the assistant coaches will be on both sides of the ball, as well as on special teams. However, reports have circulated about which coaches will leave, be retained or be added.
In an attempt to clear up the murky picture, let’s piece together Pederson’s potential staff. Read more »
Since the Eagles fired Chip Kelly, rumors have swirled and reports have circulated about his replacement. To keep all of the information we’ve gathered organized in one place, we created the master list below.
We only included candidates who the Eagles reportedly have interest in, not people like Hue Jackson or Sean McDermott who some say it’d make sense for them to be looking at. There are also a few names who the Eagles reportedly plan to interview, but we won’t check off that last column until the interview has a specific timeframe or has occurred. Read more »
As the head coaching carousel continues to spin ’round, there are plenty of takes to be had on the Eagles’ past failures, and their direction moving forward. We’ve gathered up a sampling of the most notable local and national reads.
The Eagles will interview Pat Shurmur on Monday and Adam Gase on Tuesday as they search for their next head coach. The news was first reported by Chris Mortensen.
Shurmur is fresh off his only game as the Eagles head coach, as Philadelphia topped New York, 35-30, in their season finale. After the game, Sam Bradford said he hopes the Eagles give Shurmur “serious consideration.” Gase’s Bears, meanwhile, lost to the Lions and fell to 6-10. Read more »
The Eagles interviewed Duce Staley for the head coaching vacancy yesterday, a source confirmed to Birds 24/7’s Tim McManus. The news was first reported by Ed Werder.
Staley has been the Eagles running backs coach since 2013, when he was elevated from being the special teams quality control coach after Chip Kelly was hired. Prior to his two years in that role, Staley was a coaching intern in Philadelphia in 2010. He also played for the Eagles from 1997 to 2003, before joining the Steelers for three seasons. Read more »
Chip Kelly addressed the media Wednesday for the first time since Ed Werder’s report Tuesday that DeMarco Murray talked to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie about his role in Kelly’s offense.
“[Murray] did not go to [Lurie],” Kelly said Wednesday. “He sat next to the owner on the plane. We sit — all players always sit in first class. They sat next to each other on the plane. He didn’t specifically go to Mr. Lurie and say, ‘I need to request a meeting.’
“He sat next to Mr. Lurie on the plane on the ride home. They both sit in first class, and they talked about the game and what happened. And I’ve talked to DeMarco since.”
Ryan Mathews injured his groin in the Eagles’ loss last night in the second quarter, Chip Kelly said today.
“Ryan was hurt yesterday,” Kelly said. “Ryan hurt his groin on a 22-yard run before he broke the long run and really couldn’t go. [Running backs coach] Duce [Staley] was monitoring him on the sideline and what he could do and what he couldn’t do so I think Duce does a great job with those guys and I have full trust in Duce doing that.”
Kelly added that Matthews re-injured his groin on the 63-yard touchdown run. The running back played several snaps after that in the fourth quarter, carrying the ball once for one yard and catching a four-yard pass. Read more »
Eagles fans and fantasy owners alike are eager to know how the playing time between DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles will be divvied up. The truth is, that answer does not yet exist.
The man responsible for handling the rotation is Duce Staley. In a clear sign of trust, Chip Kelly defers to his running backs coach to decide who is in and for how long during the course of a game. Staley explained his approach to that responsibility.
“I just go in with an open head and make sure I don’t get caught up in the last game,” he explained. “I try to get a good feeling of what’s going on out there and then I go from there. I think there’s too much put into it when you start sitting down and writing out a plan. You get in trouble that way.”
So it’s all by feel?
“That’s it.” Read more »