Out: Chip Kelly
Some people were very shocked by this move. I’m not sure why, it seemed like the obvious move to me. Not because of the product on the field, that was recoverable. Rather, I thought it was obvious because of the constant barrage of negative headlines and unpopular choices that Chip Kelly was bringing in. DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Sam Bradford, Evan Mathis, Jeremy Maclin, DeMarco Murray…it was just a constant stream of disappointments and questionable decisions. And to top it all off, Kelly would later deny much of the responsibility for it. That opened the door wholly to Howie Roseman making his power play back into control of football operations.
Now the Eagles are checking off their boxes for their coaching search. Current Eagles Running Backs Coach, Deuce Staley, was one of the first to be interviewed for the job, though there is more than a little speculation that this was simply an attempt to get the Rooney Rule out of the way. There has been a lot of speculation that this job belongs to Adam Gase if he wants it, but as of now it is Chiefs Offensive Coordinator, Doug Pederson, who is supposedly the lead candidate. Pederson does make sense for the Eagles as he has a working relationship with Howie Roseman from the Andy Reid era.
Other Names: Mike Shannahan, Sean Payton (NO), John Harbaugh (BAL), Adam Gase (CHI), Teryl Austin (DET), Ben McAdoo (NYG), Pat Shurmur, Doug Marrone (JAX), Dirk Koetter (TB), and Paul Guenther (CIN)
Out: Also Chip Kelly
There have been very few rumors and reports regarding who the Eagles might hire as their next General Manager. However, the one presiding theory is that former GM/now Team President Howie Roseman is simply going to consolidate power and take over making personnel decisions again. This shouldn’t be surprising as he did the same thing when the team let go of Andy Reid. The lesson here? Don’t get into a power struggle with Howie Roseman.
San Diego Chargers:
The Chargers surprised a lot of people by deciding to stick with Head Coach Mike McCoy for another year. Instead, the team has cleaned out a lot of the assistant coaching staff, especially on the offensive side of the ball. With the team possibly moving to Los Angeles, keeping McCoy makes some sense as quarterback Phillip Rivers is an advocate for him and can clearly operate well in McCoy’s offense.
Also safe is General Manager Tom Telescoe…but that’s not a surprise. The General Manager spot in San Diego has always been good for job security because owner Dean Spanos only hires friends and refuses to fire them even when they’ve made idiotic moves across the board. Spanos may soon find out that the LA media is not nearly as forgiving to these kinds of blunders as the San Diego media is.
Next: Jim Tomsula out in San Francisco