Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly (it’s going to take a while to get used to typing that) is in the process of building his coaching staff in Eastern Pennsylvania and he is looking to the college ranks to fill his defensive coordinator vacancy. More specifically, Kelly has interviewed two defensive coordinators from the Southeastern Conference in hopes of swaying the coordinators from college football’s best conference to the NFL.
The two coordinators Kelly has interviewed are Georgia Bulldogs Todd Grantham and Kirby Smart of Alabama.
I’m told #eagles Chip kelly hired oregon Asst HC Jerry Azzinaro as eag DL coach. Todd grantham georia and kirby Smart alabama int 4 DC’s
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) January 17, 2013
While both men have been reportedly interviewed, Grantham is apparently the front-runner for the job, per CSN Phily. Grantham is linked to the job, but has not informed the Georgia athletic director of any possible departure, which is required by his contract which runs through 2014.
Grantham and Smart are not the only SEC defensive coordinators being pursued by the NFL. Florida coordinator Dan Quinn is expected to fill the defensive coordinator void that was left by Gus Bradley, who was named the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach on Thursday morning.