The Eagles Wont Put All Their CHIP(S) In The Kelly Basket.

Posted December 30, 2012

There is going to be several names of coaches who are going to get the opportunity to replace Andy Reid. As fans we tend to jump to conclusions especially when we want to show how smart we are, but the reality is there will be a lot of coaches  who are going to be looked at to get this job. Chip Kelly is a name, but he isn't the only one. The best thing the Eagles could do was to quickly make a move on the Reid decision (not that it was a difficult decision to make) so now they can focus on bringing in a head coaching candidate. Here are some names of guys who the Eagles may consider to be Andy Reid's replacements. I have placed the names I like in bold.

[Bruce Arians, Colts offensive coordinator/interim head coach
Arians, who was the Steelers’ OC from 2007-2011, is largely credited with grooming Ben Roethlisberger into an elite quarterback and evolving the Steelers’ passing attack without softening the franchise’s smash-mouth image. He further his reputation this season as No. 1 pick quarterback Andrew Luck helped the Colts go from two wins to a playoff contender. With 21 years of NFL coaching experience, Arians, 60, is well connected and probably wouldn’t have problems assembling an experienced staff.

Bill O’Brien, Penn State University head coach
It would take a king’s ransom -- more than $9 million -- to buy him out of his current contract, but he could be worth every penny. O’Brien, 43, brought the progressive, two-tight end offense he architected as the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator to Penn State and turned quarterback Matt McGloin from an inaccurate, weak-armed former walk-on into the school’s all-time leader in single-season completions, attempts and yards -- in just one year. He won Big Ten Coach of the Year and guided Penn State to an 8-4 record despite losing a handful of starters to transfer. He's said he's staying in Happy Valley, but never say never.

Vic Fangio, 49ers defensive coordinator
Fangio, an Eastern Pa. (Dunmore) native who went to college at East Stroudsburg, has made six different stops in more than 25 years of NFL coaching. Since becoming the Niners’ DC two years ago, the 53-year-old Fangio has presided over two top-five defenses that played with a blue-collar edge reminiscent of the Buddy Ryan era. Fangio is also known as straight-shooter who doesn’t mince words.

Jay Gruden, Bengals offensive coordinator
The “other” Gruden’s work with Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, a 2011 second-round pick who took Cincy to the playoffs in his first year and completed over 60 percent of his passes in Year 2, has stamped him as a hot coaching commodity. Gruden, 45, spent seven years as an assistant on his older brother’s staff in Tampa and was on the 2001 Super Bowl-winning staff. He also served as head coach of the Orlando Predators of the Arena League and went to four league championship games, winning two.

Jon Gruden, ESPN analyst
It’s a long shot but until he’s officially ruled out the former Super Bowl champion coach has to be mentioned. Gruden, 49, was the Eagles’ OC under Ray Rhodes from 1995-97, a job that served as the launching point to his career. in 1998 he became the head coach of the Raiders, who lost to Baltimore in the AFC Championship game in Gruden’s fourth year. After a unique trade that sent him to Tampa Bay, Gruden coached the Bucs to a Super Bowl win in his first season but also had three losing seasons and two 9-7 seasons afterward before being fired after the 2008 season. He has provided color commentary for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” since 2009.

Ray Horton, Cardinals defensive coordinator
Since the start of 2011, when Horton became DC, the Cards have been a defensive powerhouse. Their D this past season had the highest-ranked third-down percentage and second-ranked red zone rankings after finishing in the top five in 2011. The 52-year-old Horton’s coaching roots are in Pittsburgh, where he served under two Super Bowl champion head coaches in Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin.

Chip Kelly, University of Oregon head coach
The catchiest candidate from the college ranks is also the biggest enigma. Oregon has emerged as a national powerhouse under Kelly, 49, an offensive mastermind who many have called a visionary. The Ducks are 84-7 under Kelly and have made a BCS bowl game in each of his four seasons as head coach. His spread offenses are built around speed, pace and maximization of space.

Dirk Koetter, Falcons offensive coordinator
The Falcons were known as soft and vanilla -- especially on offense -- until Koetter, 53, came over from Jacksonville and took control of Atlanta’s offense. In his first season, Koetter has opened up the Falcons’ offense and led Atlanta to top-five rankings in completion percentage, passing touchdowns, completion percentage and yards per attempt. Koetter helped start the uprise of Boise State, which went 26-10 and won consecutive bowls with Koetter as head coach from 2001-2006.

Steve Marriucci, NFL Network analyst
Word is that “Mooch” wants to get back into coaching after several years of doing TV. Mariucci had four seasons of double-digit wins as head coach of the 49ers from 1997-2002 and won two division titles before he flamed out in Detroit. Marriucci’s 72-67 overall record is impressive. Like Reid, Marriucci is a proponent of the West Coast offense and has roots in the Bill Walsh/Mike Holmgren tree.

Ben McAdoo, Packers quarterbacks coach
It worked out the first time Lurie hired a QBs coach from Green Bay with no prior head coaching or coordinator experience, so why not try again? McAdoo, 35, is a rising young assistant who spent his first six seasons working with Packers tight ends -- including Jermichael Finley and Donald Lee -- before being promoted to QBs coach this past season. In 1999, Packers tight ends combined for 99 receptions and 1,048 yards, franchise records for the position. Finley is the franchise’s only tight end to ever have consecutive 55-catch seasons.

Mike McCoy, Broncos offensive coordinator
The guy helped Tim Tebow go two rounds deep into the playoffs. Just for that, McCoy should be considered for the job. McCoy, 40, is another young, rising head coach represented by super agent Bob Lamonte, who reps Andy Reid, Howie Roseman and a dozen other coaches and executives with ties to either Reid or the Eagles. After spending nine seasons in Carolina working his way up the offensive coaching chain under John Fox, McCoy joined Fox in Denver and has helped two vastly different quarterbacks propel the Broncos to AFC West titles. McCoy helped redesign Denver’s offense on the fly in 2011 to a read-option scheme that catered to Tebow’s strengths and this year coached Peyton Manning back into an elite after the four-time league MVP had missed all of last season to recover from neck surgery. Manning is the third different quarterback to pass for 3,000 yards under McCoy’s guidance, joining Jake Delhomme and Kyle Orton.

Greg Roman, 49ers offensive coordinator
A Jersey Shore native (Ventnor) who attended Holy Spirit, Roman, 39, has come into his own on the West Coast. After serving as Jim Harbaugh’s top offensive assistant at Stanford, where Andrew Luck blossomed into the NFL’s most coveted prospect, Roman followed Harbaugh to the 49ers and has already helped two quarterbacks come into their own in two years. In 2011, Alex Smith went from first-round bust to leading San Francisco to 13 wins and helping the Niners post three top-10 offensive rankings. They also set a franchise record for fewest turnovers. This season, Colin Kaepernick took over for Smith in late November and provided another spark for the Niners’ offense.

Kyle Shanahan, Redskins offensive coordinator
The son of ’Skins head coach Mike Shanahan, Kyle’s stock soared this past season as the Redskins adapted their offense to fit the versatility of RG3 and resurrected the storied franchise into playoff contention after years of turmoil. The ’Skins placed top-five in scoring and total offensive yards. They also won games with two different rookies starting at quarterback. Shanahan, 33, would probably run the same zone blocking scheme that his dad made famous in Denver and took to the nation’s capital. The Eagles currently have the offensive line personnel to fit that scheme.

Mike Zimmer, Bengals defensive coordinator
The Bengals have placed top-10 defensively in three of Zimmer’s five years. Zimmer, 56 and a former NFL Assistant Coach of the Year, is a veteran with 13 consecutive seasons as a coordinator going back to his days with Dallas and Atlanta. In those 13 seasons, Zimmer’s defenses have  placed top-10 in total yards five times, including the top-ranked unit in 2003. The Bengals had the fifth-most sacks last year and just finished with the most.]

I think many of these guys will get consideration, but there are other candidates who could be on the list as well. I just think people need to calm down and not assume the Eagles have made a decision on their next guy yet. It will all depend on the guy who comes in and blows them away like Reid did 14 years ago.

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