The Eagles may have come out swinging (and missing) in their initial attempts to find Andy Reid’s replacement, but one thing is for sure–college coaches from coast to coast are in love with the Eagles.
No, not because any of these coaches find the team’s situation and sales pitch attractive enough that they actually want to work for the Eagles, but because owner Jeffrey Lurie is helping many of them get paid.
Penn State’s Bill O’Brien and Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly have both had what could be termed at the very least as mild flirtations with the Eagles, while Oregon head coach Chip Kelly was one more drink at dinner away from a full-fledged affair. Still, none of these futile courtships has ended with the Eagles getting their man.
Reports indicate that there is genuine interest between the team and the Notre Dame head coach who just watched his team get dismantled 42-14 by Alabama on Monday night in the BCS Championship Game. But the consensus suggests that Kelly, like the other college coaches the Eagles have pursued, will simply use the meetings as leverage for a pay raise and more power at their current place of employment.
The search for the Eagles next head coach may be a bit off track, but there’s reason to be optimistic. If this whole thing turns into a full-fledged disaster, the Eagles will have made friends with some pretty intriguing prospects coaching in the college ranks.
So if Philadelphia’s worst fears are realized and the Eagles really have missed the boat on their top targets, and Lurie’s hard-to-believe endorsement of general manager Howie Roseman was nonsense, at least all of this seemingly wasted time and energy could help the team land a quality coach the next time around. After all, these guys owe the Eagles something, don’t they?