The Philadelphia Eagles shocked the NFL world this Monday, firing Doug Pederson just three years after leading the franchise to its first Super Bowl. Though it might be a pipe dream, Lincoln Riley is toward the top of the team’s wish list for head coach.
Riley has been linked to the Dallas Cowboys in past years, but he ultimately chose to remain with the Oklahoma Sooners. It’s unclear if he’s willing to make the jump from college to the pros. However, that won’t stop the Eagles from pursuing the offensive guru.
According to Ed Kracz of Eagles Maven, general manager Howie Roseman has already reached out to Riley about the job opening.
This reportedly isn’t the first time that Roseman contacted Riley about coaching the Eagles. Apparently they have a good relationship off the field, which led to the team drafting Jalen Hurts in 2020.
#Eagles have already reached out to Lincoln Riley about being their next head coach. Here's more on that, and some other candidates, as well as what Jeffrey Lurie had to say about the search:https://t.co/zGG5n6uGM4
— Ed Kracz (@kracze) January 12, 2021
It’s hard to see Riley leaving Oklahoma behind, especially after leading the program to a dominant win over Florida in the Cotton Bowl.
The Sooners should be in the conversation for the national title next season, so it would take a hefty offer for Philadelphia to poach Riley from the college ranks.
Never say never in the NFL, but the Eagles would be wise to pursue other candidates for their job opening. Riley leaving Oklahoma is one of those moves you’d have to see to believe.