The Philadelphia Eagles have gone for a home run swing with their previous two head coaching targets and they have gone down swinging. Just a few days after being led on by Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has decided to leave the Eagles hanging and return to Notre Dame.
Philadelphia has released a statement on their head coaching search following the Brian Kelly news and they are attempting to project confidence with their search.
Here is the Eagles statement:
“There is no question we spent a considerable amount of time and effort looking at who we thought were the best collegiate candidates for our head coaching job. We did so knowing that there was a remote chance that these coaches would leave their current posts.
“We understood that going into the process, but we wanted to leave no stone unturned while trying to find the best head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. We have no regrets about the effort we made in that direction and we will continue to proceed as planned in our search.”
So the Eagles have no regrets about their head coaching search? Um, it’s hard to say that when you whiff on your top two targets.
It’s time for Philadelphia to realize the hype around this team is long gone and they will not be able to bring in a big name head coach. It’s possible that they will go for one last big hire in ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden, but it’s more likely that they will end up naming one of the league’s coordinators their next head coaching gig.