The season isn’t over yet, but the Eagles have already started interviewing candidates for their head-coaching vacancy.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie interviewed the team’s running backs coach, Duce Staley, yesterday, according to Ed Werder of ESPN.
That interview means that the Eagles have now complied with the Rooney Rule, which requires each team with a coaching vacancy to interview at least one minority.
Staley played for the Eagles from 1997 to 2003 and served on Andy Reid’s staff as special teams quality control assistant in 2011 and 2012. When Chip Kelly took over in 2013, he kept Staley on the staff and promoted him to running backs coach.
It is unknown whether the Eagles will give interim head coach Pat Shurmur a chance to earn the job on a permanent basis, or whether they will interview anyone else on Kelly’s staff. Lurie decided to fire Kelly with one game left in part because he wanted to get a jump on interviewing candidates to replace Kelly, and now the first interview is done.