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Kelly Reportedly Could Move to Titans
Monday, Nov. 30
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network went on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia and said "to not rule out" a trade that would send Kelly to the Tennessee Titans. The Titans fired Ken Whisenhunt earlier this season and have rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota under center, who played for Kelly at Oregon.
Kelly Feeling the Hot Seat After Thanksgiving
Sunday, Nov. 29
Rapoport reported, "After the ugly loss to the [Detroit Lions] in front of the entire country, [Kelly] was despondent, frustrated and feeling the heat for the first time, aware it seems that his job status may actually be in doubt after grabbing all the power this past offseason."
Kelly's Eagles sit at 4-7 after losing three straight and four of their last five games. After the loss on Thanksgiving, Kelly won't be able to match the 10-6 record he put up in his first two seasons on the Eagles sideline.
However, Rapoport reported that Kelly "seems intent on fixing this issue, understands that his back is against the wall and is looking at making some possible changes with a little mini break after the Thanksgiving day game. ... He is gonna have to make a call on what his future holds after this season with the Eagles ends."
Loss to Bucs Could Be Seen as Catalyst for Kelly's Departure
The 45-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Philadelphia in Week 11 proved to be particularly ugly, as fans jeered players throughout and Kelly took the blame after the game.
Kelly discussed the loss, per John Breech of CBSSports.com:
I think we lost a game to a better team. I don't think it's time to say, "Hey, we don't believe 'this' is 'this.'" We got outplayed; we got outcoached; didn't do a good job coaching in that football game, and that's what it is, but that's all it is, and we need to move forward. It's not, we need to change [how we] set up our day or do anything like that. We're going to move on and get ready to play Detroit.
The Eagles' downturn comes after an offseason in which the team gave Kelly far more power on personnel decisions, most of which have backfired. Sam Bradford hasn't been a major upgrade at quarterback from the 2014 Nick Foles-Mark Sanchez combination, running back DeMarco Murray has failed to live up to his $42 million contract and a number of former Eagles are thriving elsewhere.
With high-profile openings at several universities, it's possible Kelly could see greener pastures and return to coaching college football. But there's an equal possibility an NFL team, such as the Tennessee Titans, which boasts former Oregon star Marcus Mariota, would be willing to part with draft picks to bring Kelly into the fold.
Either way, things aren't looking too promising at the moment.
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