Turns out it wasn't the Eagles' new defensive coordinator who was waiting for national signing day to pass before announcing his was leaving college for the NFL. It was the new offensive line coach.
In what looks like the biggest coup new head coach Chip Kelly has managed, the Eagles are expected to name Alabama offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland to run their unit. A league source said the hiring, reported by Footballscoop.com, "is likely to happen."
Stoutland, 50, had the best offensive line in college football last season, for the national champion Crimson Tide. He coached there two seasons, coming from Miami, where he has been among those implicated in the scandal involving booster Nevin Shapiro. A recent Palm Beach Post story said Stoutland is cooperating with NCAA investigators.
Stoutland's 2012 Alabama line featured Chance Warmack, a guard who could be among the top half-dozen or so draft prospects, Rimington Trophy winner Barrett Jones and tackle D.J. Fluker, who also could be a first-round draft pick this April.