The Eagles will interview Oregon’s Chip Kelly and Syracuse’s Doug Marrone in Arizona, a source tells Tim McManus.
The team released a brief statement Saturday morning about their coaching search:
“The Eagles are committed to finding the right fit for head coach and are heading to Arizona now to kick off a week of interviews with a variety of candidates including Mike McCoy, Bruce Arians and Gus Bradley.”
Despite an NFL Network report last night that said Kelly and the Cleveland Browns were close to a deal, the Eagles will still have a shot.
The Eagles are expected to interview Oregon head coach Chip Kelly and Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy over the weekend. That will likely not be the end of their search. Jeffrey Lurie has promised a thorough process, and there are several assistant coaches involved in the postseason that they will likely want to sit down with.
But McCoy and Kelly are two hot names and both could very well end up with NFL head coaching jobs over the next couple weeks. One may even land in Philadelphia. Let’s examine the two side-by-side.
The Chiefs announced that they are parting ways with general manager Scott Pioli. Looks like Reid’s vision for the franchise does not include Pioli as GM. It appears that was the final hurdle to getting a deal done.
The Eagles interviewed Bill O’Brien, but the Penn State coach is staying in Happy Valley, according to multiple reports. Where does Jeffrey Lurie go from here?
If Jeffrey Lurie or Howie Roseman calls up Peyton Manning to get his take on Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, they’ll get a ringing endorsement.
“I think he’s ready; I think he’s paid his dues,” Manning said, per the Denver Post. “Mike’s a good leader. He’s had some good coaches that have been mentors to him, different coaches that he’s worked with in his years in the NFL that I think he’s incorporated some of their leadership philosophies and his own philosophy.”
The Eagles are one of three teams that will interview Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, according to a report.
Mike Garafolo of USA Today says that the Eagles, Bills and Browns will each have a sit-down with Kelly. Word first came out earlier today that Kelly is expected to interview with Joe Banner and the Browns Friday.
Joe Banner’s new team will be first in line to interview Oregon coach Chip Kelly, according to reports.
League sources tell Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer that the Browns plan on talking to Kelly on Friday, one day after the Ducks take on Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.
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.