It appears all but certain that the Philadelphia Eagles will part ways with longtime head coach Andy Reid in the offseason. The move is expected to take place on New Year’s Eve and the Eagles already have their top candidate to fill the void in their sights.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Sunday NFL Countdown that the Eagles are targeting Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly as their next head coach.
At the end of November, rumors swirled that Eagles GM Howie Roseman flew out to the University of Oregon to meet with Kelly. It was the first sign of Philadelphia’s interest in Kelly.
“I’ve heard talk about (Eagles GM) Howie Roseman already meeting with (Oregon head coach) Chip Kelly,” said one source for a Pro Football Weekly article featuring comments from NFL personnel members. “Obviously, there are no rules preventing a GM from talking to a college coach during a (school) visit.”
Kelly will be one of the hottest coaching candidates, but the NFL team would need to convince him that he will be primed for success. If Kelly isn’t provided with a good situation, there would be no reason for him to leave his cozy job in the pacific northwest.
Can the Eagles convince Kelly to leave Oregon for Philadelphia? It will be a story to watch as soon as the offseason begins.