Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported Thursday that if Eagles HC Chip Kelly decides to move on at the end of the year, it’s more likely he would accept a head-coaching job with a college program than look for another NFL opportunity.
“Nobody close to him actually knows what he’s going to do,” Rapoport said. “Colleges are certainly much more of a threat than NFL teams. Mainly because if he did want to change teams, it’s incredibly complicated in the NFL. But USC still has interest in Chip Kelly. They would pose the biggest threat to him. But when you do talk to people with knowledge of his thinking, what they offer up is that maybe he’ll still want to prove that he can fix the Eagles. He doesn’t want to look like he bailed on the situation, as he did with Oregon.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter has said that there’s at least some question about Kelly’s future with the Eagles, but it’s unlikely that he would pursue the USC job.
“I’ll tell you this, he’s not going to USC. That I firmly believe speaking to various people,” Schefter said via Philly.com. “But as it stands today, the Eagles are a major disappoint. They seem to be reeling. There is unrest in the team. And there seem to be questions about the head coach.”
Things haven’t gone so good for the Eagles in 2015, and Kelly has come under a great deal of scrutiny from fans and media since he took over full control of the team’s 53-man roster.
Of course, there’s still time for the Eagles to get things turned around and make the playoffs, considering that they’re just one game back in the loss column to the Giants.
Since taking the Eagles’ head-coaching job back in 2013, Kelly has led them to a record of 24-18 including two 10-6 seasons and a playoff appearance.
We’ll have more regarding Kelly’s future with the Eagles as the news is available.