For the second consecutive year, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly has flirted aggressively with the NFL before retreating back to the Ducks. And this year, that flirtation involved the Philadelphia Eagles.
PhillyMag.com's Sheil Kapadia has more details on Kelly's decision to stay at Oregon after considering taking over in Philadelphia. Cleveland was also reportedly in the mix.
The Browns were supposed to meet with Kelly over dinner, but his meeting with Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and Don Smolenski lasted longer than expected, as the Eagles' brass apparently put the hard sell on. But in the end, Kelly decided to stay at Oregon.
What does this all mean for Philadelphia? Kelly and Bill O'Brien, who were considered to be two of their top three or four candidates, are off the table, and the Jon Gruden talk has disappeared. I'd have to imagine that Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is now emerging as a minor favorite, but expect names like Gus Bradley, Bruce Arians, Jay Gruden and Mike Zimmer to become more popular in the days ahead.
On to what else is being talked about in the league's most popular division (but the only one without a single team still alive)...
From Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com: Four of the top six most-watched NFL games during the regular season involved the Cowboys.
From ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins: Are the Cowboys losing the NFC East arms race? (I don't think so.)
From Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News: The Giants are moving training back back from Albany to New Jersey.
From Dan Benton at Giants 101: Steve Weatherford is sick to his stomach watching playoff games now that the Giants are eliminated.
From CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher: Details on Mike McCoy's weekend meeting with the Eagles.
From Bleacher Report's Yueh Ho: A seven-round mock draft for the Eagles.
From Mike Jones of the Washington Post: What's next for London Fletcher?
From Mike Wise of the same outlet: Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III finished the season fighting for one another.