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Report: Eagles offered job to Kevin Sumlin

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During the will-he-or-won’t-he delay in the hiring of coach Chip Kelly, the Eagles apparently moved on with business.

According to a report in the San Antonio Express-News, (via PhillyMag.com), the Eagles offered the job to Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin.

Sumlin himself said he had interest from the NFL, but didn’t name teams. But the report said the Eagles and Auburn offered Sumlin their head coaching job.

“I don’t have to say anything,” Sumlin said in response to NFL rumors. “Everybody knows what I do (now). I’ve never coached in the NFL. I’ve had plenty of opportunities to do that, both as an assistant coach and even as a head coach. But there’s a reason I coach college football, and we’ve got a lot of work to do here.”

Sumlin’s name has percolated around league circles in recent years, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he eventually takes an NFL job.

And at the time the Eagles would have talked to him, Kelly hadn’t yet circled back to take the job, and their interest in other college coaches was real.

He got a raise from the Aggies out of the deal, and the next time he negotiates, it doesn’t hurt him at all if the perception exists that others might like to give him one too.

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23 Responses to “Report: Eagles offered job to Kevin Sumlin”
  1. mustbechris says: Jun 13, 2013 11:24 AM

    This actually sort of depresses me. I like Chip Kelly for the most part, but I think Sumlin would have been a GREAT choice.

  2. thesteelers says: Jun 13, 2013 11:29 AM

    Everyone say hi to the ringless side of Pennsylvania.

  3. eatitfanboy says: Jun 13, 2013 11:35 AM

    Maybe the next we want to run around waving our arms in the air screaming about no one giving opportunities to minority coaches, we should check and see if we have all of the information first.

  4. b3nz0z says: Jun 13, 2013 11:39 AM

    i don’t know too much about him, but so far coach kelly has looked very promising.

  5. gbatap says: Jun 13, 2013 11:42 AM

    Where are all the race card holding, rooney rule supporting, boohooers now?

  6. oldbyrd says: Jun 13, 2013 11:43 AM

    I ll stick with Chip.

  7. andyreidisthegoat says: Jun 13, 2013 11:48 AM

    Just not a large enough body of work to say he would have been successful in the NFL. Alot of his success was Johnny footbal related. Let’s see how he shapes other players before christening this guy the next big thing in the nfl. sumlin and other college guys like chip will struggle in the nfl. you have to get you come uppins as an assitant in the nfl before you make that jump from college head coach to nfl head coach. it’s not the same game-huge jump. yes jim harbaugh did it but he also had 10 plus years of nfl knowledge as a player to look back on.

  8. hor2012 says: Jun 13, 2013 11:49 AM

    As a black male this is exactly why I hated the media making such a big deal about monirity hiring. Outsiders don’t have any idea of what the inner workings of these organization are. I’m betting that he probably got other intrest from teams as well and turned those oppurtunities down. But, yet the media ran with this lack of diversity stuff without considering the possiblity that their may have been minority coaches considered that just didn’t want to go through the process or simply didn’t want to coach in the NFL right now.

  9. justintuckrule says: Jun 13, 2013 11:58 AM

    Thankless job coaching that franchise. No surprise even college coaches I’ve never heard about turned them down. The Eagles should thank their lucky stars that Oregon had an NCAA scandal or else Chip wouldn’t be there either.

  10. jeremycrowhurst says: Jun 13, 2013 12:27 PM

    thesteelers says:
    Jun 13, 2013 11:29 AM
    Everyone say hi to the ringless side of Pennsylvania.

    —————

    1948, 1949, 1960.

  11. justintuckrule says: Jun 13, 2013 12:34 PM

    jeremycrowhurst says:
    Jun 13, 2013 12:27 PM
    thesteelers says:
    Jun 13, 2013 11:29 AM
    Everyone say hi to the ringless side of Pennsylvania.

    —————

    1948, 1949, 1960.
    ——————————-
    Proves nothing. Metal wasn’t invented yet.

  12. lroc20 says: Jun 13, 2013 12:42 PM

    This sounds bogus, gus bradley would have been eagles coach if chip didnt call the eagles back

  13. 11inthebox says: Jun 13, 2013 12:44 PM

    eatitfanboy says:
    Maybe the next we want to run around waving our arms in the air screaming about no one giving opportunities to minority coaches, we should check and see if we have all of the information first.
    —————————————–
    Not sure who’s “waving arms in the air and screaming,” but I’m always fascinated by those guys who get so incredibly upset and threatened by the mere “discussion” of black coaches.

    I’d have more respect for such guys if they simply said: “I’m not particularly close to anyone who isn’t white and therefore the discussion of race makes me uncomfortable.”

  14. kozmathomas says: Jun 13, 2013 12:44 PM

    So what if Chip wasn’t the first target of the Eagles?
    If one of a team’s target says no to the job, the team moves to the next one in line. This is how it goes, I don’t understand why is it a big deal.

  15. jbaxt says: Jun 13, 2013 1:24 PM

    Sloppy seconds, the Eagle way.

  16. floratiotime says: Jun 13, 2013 2:34 PM

    Kevin Sumlin missed his chance to be anointed ‘best coach in the NFL’.

  17. bleedeaglegreen says: Jun 13, 2013 2:58 PM

    11inthebox says:
    Jun 13, 2013 12:44 PM
    eatitfanboy says:
    Maybe the next we want to run around waving our arms in the air screaming about no one giving opportunities to minority coaches, we should check and see if we have all of the information first.
    —————————————–
    Not sure who’s “waving arms in the air and screaming,” but I’m always fascinated by those guys who get so incredibly upset and threatened by the mere “discussion” of black coaches.
    —————————————–

    I don’t think it’s the “mere discussion” as much as the people screaming racism when a white coach is hired. It’s the same BS we hear when a black QB is released or doesn’t pan out.

    Football hirings & roster moves are based upon who owners & GM’s give them the best chance to WIN – not on skin color. And it gets tiresome listening to people that want to complain to the contrary.

  18. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 13, 2013 4:54 PM

    Yeah, the fat guy was the team’s third choice after Gus Bradley and Sumlin.

  19. 1oldpro says: Jun 13, 2013 4:58 PM

    Oh well, he would have left Philly to go to New England, then he would have left NE to go to the Yankees and then he would have left the Yankees to go to Manchester United.
    Kevin “movin up” Sumlin.

  20. westof1club says: Jun 13, 2013 5:03 PM

    @ andyreidgoat Saying his success is “Manziel” related is pretty dim witted. 1st of all, the kid was a 3-star out of high school, give him credit for evaluating talent and putting the right guys on the field, apparently something his predecessors didn’t master, and if you knew anything outside of your own shoebox, you’d see he got the job at A&M based on the stellar work he had done at Houston, offensively in particular, not to mention his astounding prowess at mentoring young QBs.

  21. andyreidisthegoat says: Jun 13, 2013 8:56 PM

    @westof1club. When all you got is johnny football it is easy to get it right. Houston regularly beat the sister s of the poor so yes I can se why you are so impressed with sumlin s resumee. I m not saying he is not a good coach. It is just to early to determine that he is nfl ready. People are jumping all over this read option and the coaches that are succesful with. It will fade out in 3-4 years. You are still allowed to be his number one fan though.

  22. tailgatessportsbarandgrill says: Jun 14, 2013 12:39 AM

    WHY! WHY! WHY!

    It’s one of the most stupid things to bring up because
    nobody is having a problem with Chip Kelley and to bring this up is “Digging” for something to talk about.
    I’m glad Chip Kelley got the job now let him “DO IT!”

  23. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 20, 2013 12:07 PM

    The eagles were desperate and even Kelly didn’t want to touch the eagles job until he found out the NCAA was sniffing around the Oregon campus.

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