In 2016, the Philadelphia Eagles hired Doug Pederson to replace the head coach they hired from college.
In 2021, the Philadelphia Eagles may hire a college head coach to replace Doug Pedersen.
The Eagles will take the lead at Lincoln Riley at the University of Oklahoma.
Ed Kracz reported that the Eagles parted ways with Pedersen on Monday, “shortly after they had contact with Riley. He also pointed out, “This is not the first time the Eagles have had a relationship with Riley. Talk about his potential interest in the Eagles. “
We used to know that Riley had a relationship with Howie Roseman, general manager of the Eagles. Paul Domowitch of the Inquirer wrote in early August:
Rothman and the Eagles have established a good relationship with Riley, who is one of the top college coaches in the United States. Two years ago, the Eagles were considering choosing Oklahoma’s offensive tackle Orlando Brown in the second round of the draft, but he thought he was more a right tackle than a left tackle, and they faced Ryan. Johnson turned back to the left and was not really interested. This stage of his career. Riley agreed with their assessment of Brown, and the Eagles finally chose Dallas Goedert, who quickly became the league̵7;s top team. […] Riley even had some influence on the Hawks’ decision to choose TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor in the first round. Riley was a member of Reagor when he was a high school student at Waxahachie (Texas) High School in Texas. In Big 12, his team also played with him for three years. When the Eagles scouts talked about him, he yelled at him. [Jalen] hurt. He said that Reagor could have become a player with 100 catches a year in Oklahoma’s offense.
These are not the only signs that the Eagles are interested in Riley.
Tim McManus wrote earlier on Monday:
Some people think that the Eagles will play in Oklahoma State University coach Lincoln Riley (Lincoln Riley). He has coached at the university-level Hurts, held a QB position, and reportedly has a close relationship with Howie Roseman, the general manager of Eagles. It may cost a lot of money to lure Riley from Liman, but they may think it is a wise investment.
There was even more buzz:
I suspect you will hear a lot of buzz about #Eagles and Lincoln Riley in the coming days and weeks.
— January 11, 2021, Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherNFL)
The Eagles right back Ryan Johnson, who played college football in Oklahoma before Riley arrived, may increase his firepower:
Riley was only 38 years old in September, and he undoubtedly attracted attention.
Since being hired to replace Bob Stopps in 2017, he has become Sooners’ head coach with a total score of 45-8. Riley coached the 2018 first overall pick Baker Mayfield and 2019 first overall pick Kyler Murray. Oh, and Jalen Hurts, the second-round pick of the 2020 draft, who is Heisman’s runner-up.
Since Riley was first hired as their offensive coordinator/quarterback coach six years ago, Oklahoma has experienced outstanding offensive performance. From his resume:
Since the start of the campaign in 2015, OU has ranked first in the national scoring (44.6 points; followed by 41.6), total offense (554.9; followed by 516.4), faceoff scores up to standard (382), passing efficiency score (189.0), The second best was 168.1) and the number of yards per pass attempt (10.7), the second in completion rate (69.1), the third-pass attack (321.9) and the ninth in the rapid attack (233.0). With this offensive performance, by the way, since his arrival (41-5 in the Big 12 game), Sooners has set a record of 58-10 (.853). Since 2015, OU’s overall performance has ranked fourth in the United States, with only Clemson (69-5), Alabama (66-6) and Ohio (61-7) performing better.
If you want to play against Riley, he is only 1-3 in the bowl game and 0-3 in the college football playoffs. Just like when the Eagles lured Chip Kelly from Oregon to Oregon in 2013, it is clear whether his college achievements will translate into NFL.
Whether the Eagles can land Riley remains to be seen. The Lubbock, Texas native signed a six-year, $45.2 million contract with Oklahoma last year to extend the contract by 2025. Jeffrey Lurie may have to make a generous offer to Riley to withdraw him from Norman.
You must also wonder what responsibilities you are looking for in terms of roster control. As we all know, the last college coach hired by the Eagles staged a strong game. The past relationship between Rothman and Riley may make them better on the same page and avoid this conflict.
Some people think that if the Eagles do not line up, they will not fire Pedersen one week after the end of the season. If so, Riley might be that person.