The Eagles are getting rattled.
Though transparent at times regarding their coaching search, the Eagles also are using the guise of transparency as a way to spin public opinion — in the hopes of creating the impression that the team that hasn’t hired a coach in 14 years knows what it’s doing.
The latest effort at salesmanship masquerading as candor comes from a statement issued in the immediate wake of the news that Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly will stay in South Bend and not accept a job with the Eagles.
“There is no question we spent a considerable amount of time and effort looking at who we thought were the best collegiate candidates for our head coaching job. We did so knowing that there was a remote chance that these coaches would leave their current posts,” the team said.
“We understood that going into the process, but we wanted to leave no stone unturned while trying to find the best head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. We have no regrets about the effort we made in that direction and we will continue to proceed as planned in our search.”
While they have never mentioned Brian Kelly as a candidate, it’s obvious that the second Kelly’s decision to stay in school sparked the Eagles’ statement. And it’s strongly implied that the Eagles actually made offers to Brian Kelly, Oregon coach Chip Kelly, and/or Penn State coach Bill O’Brien.
We were told earlier today that, if the Eagles don’t get Brian Kelly, it’s unclear what they’ll do. Whatever they do, the guy who gets the job will be viewed as the second choice. Or the third choice. Or maybe the fourth choice.