The Philadelphia Eagles have finally shown Chip Kelly the door after failing to secure a playoff spot after being in an advantageous position in the division throughout the season.
Pat Shurmur will take over interim head coaching duties for the time being. The nail in the coffin was likely the brutal loss the Eagles suffered at the hands of the Washington Redskins who by defeating the Eagles locked up the NFC East. The Eagles will now be faced with a ton of personnel decisions as they attempt to restructure after the Kelly fiasco. What is worse is that they will have to do this without several of their key playmakers who Kelly traded away in the offseason.
The Eagles will likely have plenty of options on who they select as their next head coach. Former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith recently expressed an interest in returning to football and Philadelphia could make the most sense. Former Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan could also be considered as he has a lengthy history in the NFC East. It will be interesting to see if Chuck Pagano gets the boot in Indianapolis because they Eagles would likely try to lure Pagano to the city of brotherly love.
Kelly reportedly wants to stay in the NFL however he does not want to make personnel decisions anymore. The Cleveland Browns were extremely interested in Kelly's services prior to him signing with Philadelphia. Kelly could also potentially land in Tennessee where his favorite quarterback Marcus Mariota currently resides. The Titans would appreciate Kelly's scheme as it would benefit Mariota the most.
The Dolphins are also in the market for a new head coach and could potentially see Kelly as a long term solution.