Philadelphia Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley interviewed for the team’s head coaching vacancy, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Eagles RB coach Duce Staley had interviewed for Philadelphia's head coaching job, per @Edwerderespn.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 2, 2016
A former Eagles star running back himself, the 40-year-old Staley has served in his current position since the hiring of Chip Kelly back in 2013. Kelly was fired earlier this week and though offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur will handle head coaching duties in tomorrow’s season finale against the New York Giants, the team will need a fresh face for next season.
In which case, they could certainly do worse than Staley. He was drafted by Philly out of South Carolina in the third round of the 1997 draft and spent seven seasons with the Eagles, rushing for 4,807 yards and 22 touchdowns over that stretch. Staley also pulled in 275 receptions for 2,498 yards and 10 touchdowns through the air. He was also part of the Pittsburgh Steelers team that won Super Bowl XL.
That all being said, the odds of Staley being hired as the team’s head coach are likely slim to none. He doesn’t have much experience coaching and though he’ll probably be retained solely for his ties to the franchise, team management likely won’t want to promote someone from Kelly’s regime.
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