Should Eagles target college coaches like Chip Kelly?

Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Oregon's Chip Kelly or Stanford's David Shaw may work in Philadelphia.

With Andy Reid all but packing his bags to leave Lincoln Financial Field, the Philadelphia Eagles need to set their targets to find a new coach next season.

Would a coach like Oregon's Chip Kelly or Stanford's David Shaw be a good fit? Philly.com's Paul Domowitch thinks maybe so:

The one downside to Kelly is that he has zero NFL background. He was the offensive coordinator at the University of New Hampshire, spent 2 years as the offensive coordinator at Oregon, then replaced Mike Bellotti as the Ducks' head coach in '09.

Shaw, meanwhile, spent seven seasons as an NFL assistant, including the '97 season as a 25-year-old quality control assistant on Ray Rhodes' Eagles staff. He worked closely with then-offensive coordinator Jon Gruden.

Kelly coaches one of the most electric offenses in college football history at Oregon. His team is averaging 51 points per game. In his four years as the head coach at Oregon, the Ducks are 32-3 with two Rose Bowl appearances and a trip to the national championship game.

Shaw was the offensive coordinator at Stanford before taking over for Jim Harbaugh, who left to coach the San Francisco 49ers. In two seasons, Stanford is 19-4 with Shaw at the helm.

Domowitch notes that Kelly has no NFL experience. In college, he's coached at the University of New Hampshire and Oregon, but that's it.

Shaw, though, was in the NFL as a coach for seven seasons. He was formerly with the Eagles and worked with Jon Gruden on the coaching staff.

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