The Eagles parted ways with head coach Doug Pederson on Monday and it seems it didn’t take them long to contact his potential replacement.
According to a Sports Illustrated report Howie Roseman called Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley on Monday.
Details, per SI reporter Ed Kracz:
A source close to the Eagles said general manager Howie Roseman reached out to Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley about being the team’s next head coach, a call made not long after the team parted ways with Doug Pederson on Monday.
Riley, 37-years old, has coached at Oklahoma since 2015, but took over as head coach in 2017. He has had an incredibly successful run at Oklahoma, helping to coach up two Heisman winning quarterbacks in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, while also putting together an explosive offense with Jalen Hurts.
The Eagles going after Riley is not surprising, considering he is considered to have a good relationship with Roseman.
Riley checks off all the boxes — a brilliant offensive mind, a great quarterback coach and an exciting hire. Riley is a risk, but he could also be the next great NFL coach, and passing on him if he is willing to come feels like a decision the team would regret.
Of course, Riley comes with risks like Chip Kelly did in 2013, the last time the Eagles made the dip into the college coaching pool. The reward, however, could be huge. Riley has built one of the best offenses in college football despite having a new quarterback each year. That is a great sign, as it shows he not only knows how to adjust to different quarterbacks, but he has a track record of coaching them up as well.
Whether they land Riley remains to be seen, but if they did indeed contact him on Monday, it sure seems like he is near the top of the Eagles’ list.
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