On Friday, Chip Kelly appeared to be a lock to be the next coach of the Cleveland Browns. On Saturday, a lunch meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles turned into a 9 hour marathon. On Sunday, the Browns have already moved on without Kelly, while the Eagles are awaiting whether he will return to Oregon or be the next Eagles head coach.
Welcome to the insanity that is the coaching search in this age of social media. We have twitter updates every 5 minutes. Some true and some not so much. Nothing is official until the team announces it as such. Right now we are hearing insiders say that their sources believe that Kelly will stay at Oregon.
If Chip Kelly were to make the jump to the NFL, this would be the year. He appeared to be a lock to coach for Tampa Bay last season, but changed his mind. If he does that again this season, he won’t get courted like this ever again and won’t get the type of payday that he would get right now.
If Kelly was 100% committed to the NFL he would have either signed a contract with the Browns Friday night or with the Eagles Saturday night. If I was Jeffrey Lurie, I would be acting as if Kelly is returning to Oregon.
The Eagles interviewed Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Sunday. The Eagles left without making him their next coach. At this point I believe Lurie is going to take his time with as many candidates as possible before making what will be a pretty big decision.
The Eagles are expected to interview Indianapolis Colts Bruce Arians offensive coordinator and the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. They have also asked for permission to interview Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. The Bengals have yet to give the Eagles an answer and may be trying to give Gruden a pay raise, rather than lose him altogether.
As of right now. it appears that Mike McCoy and Gus Bradley could be the Eagles top candidates after Chip Kelly. The interviews will be everything for these candidates. Nobody has enough of a track record to really stand out as an elite candidate, but their are a number of really intriguing coaches out there.
If Kelly does indeed return to Oregon as most believe he will, I would look for the Eagles to make their final decision sometime around Wednesday. At that point they will have interviewed all the candidates they were interested in and should come up with a decision shortly after the final interviews have concluded.
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