Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that two NFL senior personnel officials have informed him that the Eagles have Oregon head coach Chip Kelly as “prime target” for their head coaching vacancy.
Eagles’ owner Jeffrey Lurie has put together his list of candidates and plans to begin interviewing for the job immediately.
Falcons DC Mike Nolan, OC Dirk Koetter and special team’s coordinator Keith Armstrong are all expected to be interviewed. Penn State HC Bill O’Brien, Broncos OC Mike McCoy, and 49ers OC Greg Roman are also believed to be options that the Eagles will consider.
Kelly has been rumored to be at the top of Philadelphia’s wish list for some time now, but it’s going to take a lot to land him. The Browns also have Kelly as their No. 1 option, so it seems very likely that they’ll have to offer at the very least some control over personnel decisions to convince him to take the job.
There’s no question that Kelly is a brilliant coach, but NFL teams could be taking a huge risk by offering him that kind of control without any NFL experience.