Former Eagles player and NFL head coach Herm Edwards wrote a list of his top 5 up and coming coaches in the NFLfor ESPN Insider this week. Two of the guys on the list are Colts (Chuck Pagano & Pep Hamilton), but the list also includes Joe Philbin and near Eagles coach Gus Bradley.
The guy who ended up edging out Bradley for the job, Chip Kelly, is on Herm's list as well.
Only 49 years old, Kelly knows his offense. And while it probably will take him a year or so to process how the NFL game is played, he understands offensive football and how to exploit matchups. Coming from Oregon, he's in touch with the new mold of NFL player and has a good relationship with them. He's confident enough to think he'll succeed in the NFL, but he also understands that the QB of the future in Philadelphia may not even be on that roster yet.
Kelly will have a system in place, but he's figured out that he needs the players to fit the system and not vice-versa. He'll go through some growing pains transitioning to a 3-4 D this season, but I expect him to have a bright future in Philadelphia.
I would say that pretty much anyone who writes a list like this would include guys like Kelly, Bradley & Philbin. But who else might deserve to be on a list? Are there any younger coaches you like, even assistants, that deserve recognition?