The Eagles apparently like what they’ve seen from the 13-3 Falcons this season.
Earlier today, a report surfaced that they’d take a look at Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. And now, Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com reports that the team has asked for permission to interview Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong.
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The answer is of great significance at the moment, given that the team will be in the market for a new head man very soon, and nearly a third of the league may have openings as well. There stands to be a good deal of competition for the top available talent (see: Chip Kelly).
“This is one of the great jobs in America, the head coach of the Eagles,” said Ron Jaworski on 97.5 The Fanatic. “It’s been a down year and last year an 8-8 season, but that doesn’t take any of the luster off being the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s one of the great cities in America. Everybody loves to be a coach in a large city — Philadelphia, New York, Chicago. I know for a fact that there are a lot of coaches that would like to coach the Eagles. There is a lot of glamour to that job.”
Three weeks from today, Chip Kelly’s Oregon Ducks will take on Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.
And not long after that, we’ll find out if Kelly’s ready to make the leap to the NFL.
We’ve written about Kelly often in this space (don’t forget to check out our special Coaching Buzz section), but recently, a couple guys with unique perspectives offered thoughts on whether he would be successful at the next level.
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.
As the Eagles play out their final six games, here’s a roundup of the latest coaching buzz, with updates on Chip Kelly and Bill O’Brien, along with the search for the next John Harbaugh.
Here’s the latest coaching buzz around the NFL, with notes on Chip Kelly and Jon Gruden. Remember, you can find all these links, notes and rumors in our special section.