According to Schefter:
Chip Kelly turned down a chance to go to the NFL and to returned to Oregon, according to league sources...Kelly was intrigued with the Philadelphia Eagles' head coaching job but decided he wasn't comfortable leaving the college game.
It seemed like the Eagles had a shot at Kelly, who may very well have been their top coaching candidate. They met with Kelly for about nine hours on Saturday. Now they have to go back to the drawing board.
But what is on that drawing board?
Well, even with Kelly off the board, there are still quality coaches on the market for the Eagles. They have already interviewed Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan (former San Francisco 49ers head coach), Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong and Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
They also have an interviewed scheduled with Colts offensive coordinator (and former Steelers offensive coordinator) Bruce Arians and they have requested permission to interview Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, younger brother of Jon Gruden.
Another name that has been floating around is Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. As we know, the Seahawks have one of the NFL's nastiest, stingiest defenses, as well as one of the top scoring defenses in the league. The Eagles would love to bring their defense back to the days of Jim Johnson, when they were one of the most feared units in the game.
Perhaps Bradley could bring that firepower to the Eagles, should he get the opportunity.
At this point, there really doesn't seem to be a front-runner for the Eagles job because Chip Kelly was the front-runner. Maybe this delays the opening from being filled for a few days, maybe weeks. The good news is that is it early January. There is still plenty of time for the Eagles to find a coach.
The only question now: Who?
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