Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Chip Kelly to Eagles not a lock

There have been numerous reports floated around regarding the Eagles' interested in Oregon coach Chip Kelly.

With Andy Reid likely out the door, will Kelly be the guy to replace the winningest coach in franchise history?

According to Don Banks of Sports Illustrated, the Eagles are one of the few teams that can afford Kelly, but the interest may not be mutual.

"League sources say Kelly is looking for near complete control when it comes to personnel decision-making power, and that doesn't appear to be available in the Eagles' organization, where general manager Howie Roseman is expected to be in charge of the roster in the post-Reid era," writes Banks.

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  • Kelly would, however, "offer the kind of sizzle and excitement that team owner Jeffrey Lurie is seeking to revitalize his organization after a second consecutive non-playoff finish."

    If not Kelly, then who?

    Banks offers some suggestions:

    If Kelly doesn't materialize in green, some within the league expect Lurie to take a page out of his past and try to identify the next Andy Reid: A young position coach or coordinator with obvious upside potential. Denver's McCoy, Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter or Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell might make the radar screen in Philly. And don't overlook one of the league's better special teams coaches, like San Francisco's Brad Seely, Dallas' Joe DeCamillis, San Diego's Rich Bisaccia or Atlanta's Keith Armstrong. Remember, the Eagles had John Harbaugh on their staff for years, and the former Philly special teams coach has led the Ravens to five playoff berths in his first five years on the job.

    Banks also wrote that the Jaguars could be interested in Reid to replace Mike Mularkey, who will likely be fired after the season.

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