Rumor: Philadelphia Eagles Eyeing Chip Kelly to Replace Andy Reid

Matt Schreiber@@schreiberstakeAnalyst IIIDecember 24, 2012

STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 12:  Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly walks the sidelines during their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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It's no question that the Philadelphia Eagles will cut ties with long-time head coach Andy Reid once the season ends. What is in question is who will fill his shoes.

Jason La Canfora, the CBS Sports NFL Insider, reported this today:

The Philadelphia Eagles will consider Chip Kelly to replace Andy Reid, according to league sources, and multiple executives with rival teams anticipate Philadelphia making a heavy push to land the Oregon head coach.

Landing Kelly in Philly would be huge for the Eagles. His uptempo style of coaching would compliment the speed that the Eagles possess already.

In his career at the University of Oregon, Kelly has gone 45-7 with a Rose Bowl victory and a National Championship appearance.

He and his Ducks will play Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl on January 3rd in Glendale, Arizona.

Kelly has run a unique offense at Oregon that would be beneficial for guys like LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson. Running backs Dion Lewis and Bryce Brown could also benefit as well.

The Eagles sit at 4-11 right now, but it's not like they don't possess talent. This team could be lethal with the right guy calling the plays.

Getting Kelly to come to Philadelphia wouldn't make them an instant threat. They would also need to bring in a whole new staff and clean house. 

The defense needs to be addressed immediately. There is way too much talent on that defense to rank towards the bottom in the league in takeaways.

The offensive line needs to get healthier and get better. They need the right guy coaching the line. It doesn't matter what weapons you possess offensively if you don't have a line to protect the quarterback.

It is now evident the Eagles will draft in the top five. Maybe taking a guy like Luke Joeckel, an offensive tackle from Texas A&M, or Chance Warmack, an offensive guard for Alabama, would help fix some of the line issues.

Obviously quarterback is another situation that needs to be addressed. I have seen a lot of positives out of Nick Foles this year but also a lot of rookie mistakes.

There has been tons of speculation that Michael Vick will be playing elsewhere next year. It won't be any surprise to see him suit up in another uniform.

Kelly's focus right now is likely not on the NFL and all the coaching rumors. He is focused on winning what could be his final game on Oregon's sidelines.

Speaking of rumors, this is just one of many we will hear of in the coming weeks leading into next season's training camp.

Hiring a college coach is always a risk for an NFL team. If Philadelphia should convince Kelly to to be the Eagles new head coach, will he be the next Jim Harbaugh or more like Steve Spurrier?