One thing that we’ve heard repeated over the past few weeks is how intelligent newly hired Eagles head coach Chip Kelly truly is.
And sometimes the smartest thing you can do is the obvious thing. So as Kelly watched Todd Bowles, the embattled defensive coordinator of last year’s failure of a team, depart for Arizona yesterday to join new head coach Bruce Arian’s staff he surely had to take notice of the potential domino effect. The first domino? Highly-regarded Ray Horton, who was passed over for the very same job that Arians got, is understandably not pleased.
Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports that Horton, who still a year on his contract, is “pissed” about the decision and will be allowed to seek work elsewhere.
Horton led a Cardinals defense last season that was the team’s lone bright spot that stood in start contrast to a completely inept offensive unit. The team’s most dominant defensive performance, of course, came in a 24-0 October win over the Eagles.
Horton, who is reported to have already drawn interest from the Cleveland Browns, could also be a fit in Philadelphia where it is expected that Kelly will implement a 3-4 defensive scheme.
The Eagles have reportedly shown interest in University of Georgia’s Todd Grantham. Other potential notable coordinators include former Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, former Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel, and former Bears head coach Lovie Smith.