There were two Philadelphia related coaching moves yesterday as former head coach Chip Kelly was hired by the San Francisco 49ers and then later in the day it was reported that the Eagles will hire Kansas City OC and former Eagle QB Doug Pederson to be their head coach.
Owner Jeffrey Lurie has chosen Kansas City offensive coordinator Doug Pederson to replace Chip Kelly, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation.
The Eagles cannot announce the hiring until the Chiefs are eliminated from the postseason.
“We have concluded our search for a head coach,” a team spokesman said. “No further interviews are scheduled.”
The Chiefs play the Patriots on Saturday afternoon. I imagine Eagles fans will be watching that game with a bit more interest than would otherwise be the case.
A head coaching job in the NFL is shakier than Bernie Sanders grasp of economics, but the latest coaching change is still a bit of a surprise.
So it was a shock when, at 10:21 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the Buccaneers tweeted out the news that Smith was fired after just two seasons with the team.
Smith’s first season with the Buccaneers was awful, as a talented roster sunk so low it went 2-14 and got the No. 1 pick. But that pick turned into quarterback Jameis Winston, who helped the Buccaneers improve to 6-10 this season. Things were looking up for the Buccaneers and Smith, or so it seemed.
The Buccaneers are an intriguing team. Winston had a good rookie season and the future looks bright for him. They have some elite players like David, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and receiver Mike Evans, and there are other good young players elsewhere on the roster. The Buccaneers also have the fourth-most cap room going into the offseason, about $52 million based on a projected $150 million cap according to OverTheCap.com.
Smith seemed like he’d get a chance to develop those players and build a winner, but the Buccaneers surprised everyone on Tuesday night and decided to move in a different direction.
Smith seemed to be popular with fans, and more importantly his players. On the other hand nothing, and no one, is as popular as winning. I’m guessing that Lovie will find a bit of love with another team soon.
Well it’s not even the New Year and I already got one wrong – Chip Kelly will keep his job.
Er, not so fast.
Today, Jeffrey Lurie, Chairman and CEO of the Philadelphia Eagles, released Head Coach Chip Kelly.
“We appreciate all the contributions that Chip Kelly made and wish him every success going forward,” said Lurie.
Coach Pat Shurmur will be interim head coach for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
Lurie learned one lesson from watching the team this year; like many of the offensive series he went three and out.
So, I’m going to ignore my original prediction like the media ignores Hillary’s crimes and say that this won’t be the last personnel change the Eagles make.
My favorite button on the remote is the one that lets you switch between two different channels. On Sunday that usually means swapping between football and NASCAR. While I’ll be at work today I do want to wish Jeff Gordon all the best as he participates in his last race as a driver.
I’m not the biggest Gordon fan, but I have to acknowledge what he did for the sport. I don’t know if he’ll be able to wrap up this season, and his career, with a Hollywood ending, but I wish him all the best; today and in the future.
Wyatt posted about it at The O.K. Corral.
Ah, Sunday. Time to relax and watch a little football. I grew up in South Jersey just outside of Philadelphia, and have been a loyal Eagles (Phillies and Flyers too) fan for as long as I can remember. Having moved around a bit I do occasionally share some of that loyalty with the local team, sort of like a substitute to watch on bye weeks and such. Being the fan of an out of market team can be difficult. While the Bucs are my local backup, it’s a bit frustrating to have the Eagles game bumped for the local game.
Well today it’s easy. The Eagles host Tampa Bay at 1:00. I’ll be kicking back with some snacks and an A&W cheering on the guys in green.
It’s my work weekend.