3 Reasons Ryan Day makes sense for these Philadelphia Eagles

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The Philadelphia Eagles keep looking for their next head coach in unorthodox areas.

The search for the Philadelphia Eagles‘ 24th head coach in franchise history (and their third in less than ten years) continues, and it seems like the list of candidates grows every 25 minutes. Naming everybody who has been rumored, thought about, or mentioned would require a separate story, but there are a few that have risen to the top like cream in your morning coffee.

Count Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes in that discussion. At the beginning of January, he told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that he had no interest in an NFL job, but he was also preparing his team for some pretty important football. Might he have changed his tune since then?

He and Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley have been the two most intriguing coaches from the NCAA that have been mentioned, and while Riley is seen as being an offensive genius, the same can be said about Coach Day. There’s just one thing.

Both have struggled on the grandest of stages. Despite winning four straight Big 12 Championships, Riley’s Sooners are 0-3 in the College Football Playoff. Day’s Buckeyes have won the Big Ten twice under his watch, but despite scoring the surprise upset over the Clemson Tigers in the CFP’s Semifinal Round, the last time we saw him, he was taken to the woodshed by Steve Sarkisian, Nick Saban, and the mighty Alabama Crimson Tide. That makes him 1-2 in the College Football Playoff.

Both score high marks among NFL franchises and owners though. Riley has also coached Jalen Hurts at the collegiate level, but let’s talk about the other guy for a few ticks if you don’t mind.