The Eagles and Browns are leaving the desert, and neither has Chip Kelly on the plane with them.
Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and Don Smolenski are off to Denver to meet with Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. Their lunch with Kelly spilled will into the night Saturday, but the sides parted without reaching any kind of agreement.
The Browns also left empty-handed.
Another twist in the ever-intensifying Eagles coaching search.
Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone, scheduled to interview with the Eagles in Arizona this weekend, has agreed to become the next head coach of the Bills, according to multiple reports.
A look at how it impacts the Eagles,
The Eagles’ lunch with Chip Kelly lasted a bit longer than your usual meet and greet at Chipotle.
On Friday evening, the Browns and Kelly were said to be close to a deal, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. But as we’ve discussed in this space, “close” and “done” are two different things – especially when it comes to the hiring of coaches.
So Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and Don Smolenski took their best shot at Kelly in Arizona on Saturday, in an effort to lure him in as the next head coach.
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.
“I’m very confident that this is the most attractive place for a head coach to work in the National Football League.”
Right now, it’s at least fair to ask if this is even the most attractive destination out of the six teams that currently have a head coaching vacancy.
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.
Some assumed Jeffrey Lurie was referring to Andy Reid when he talked about the mistakes made in the 2011 draft. But the better guess is that he was talking about Joe Banner.
Now, the two men are in a battle to find the next head coach of their respective franchises.
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.
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