UPDATE: It is a genuine shocker, but ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen reports that Oregon's "Chip Kelly is the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, according to league sources. No announcement yet."
He was the initial front-runner for the job but previously said he would remain at Oregon. This hiring should be great news for the fantasy value of Eagles players due to Kelly's aggressive approach to his offensive system.
The Philadelphia Eagles have considered nearly a dozen candidates to fill their head coach vacancy, and Gus Bradley was the only one of them to come back for a second interview, but he left to talk with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Wednesday about their open HC position.
"[T]here was a feeling as Bradley met with the Eagles at Jeffrey Lurie's Wynwood mansion that something could be finalized by Tuesday and that the owner wouldn't allow the 46-year old to leave for Jacksonville. It was still unclear if the Eagles even offered Bradley the job," wrote Philly.com's Jeff McLane.
"Many around the NFL considered him the leading candidate with former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt trailing in second. Whisenhunt met with the Eagles on Monday for a shorter interview, although both parties characterized the meeting as very productive."
After having Andy Reid running the show in Philly for 14 seasons, the Eagles clearly are being very deliberate in choosing their next head coach. Time will tell how Bradley's talks with the Jags will go and what effect that will have on the Eagles' hiring process, but Whisenhunt appears to be among the finalists.