So perhaps the Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff isn't set after all. According to NFL media's Albert Breer, the San Francisco 49ers are targeting an Eagles assistant in their offensive coordinator search: Philadelphia wide receiver coach Bob Bicknell. New 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula is looking for someone to replace former San Francisco OC Greg Roman, who left to join the Buffalo Bills.
Chip Kelly originally hired Bicknell as part of his original staff in 2013. The 45-year-old coach has been in the NFL since 2007. He spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills before joining Philadelphia.
The Eagles have had some very productive wide receivers during Bicknell's tenure. DeSean Jackson (who was actually involved in a verbal altercation with Bicknell during a Vikings game) had a great season in 2013 and Riley Cooper played at a surprisingly high level. In 2014, Cooper took a step back but Jeremy Maclin experienced a career year. Rookie slot receiver Jordan Matthews also burst onto the scene with a strong performance.
But while Bicknell may deserve some level of credit, it's obviously the Chip Kelly allure that makes Eagles assistant coaches a hot commodity. Last year the Miami Dolphins hired quarterback coach Bill Lazor away from Philadelphia. This year it was Bill Musgrave, who replaced Lazor, who earned an offensive coordinator job with the Oakland Raiders. If Bicknell leaves, the Eagles will have had three assistant coaches go on to be offensive coordinators after just two seasons of Kelly's tenure. That would be impressive.
The Eagles announced a slew of coaching changes last week when they hired former Denver Broncos defensive backs coach Cory Undlin and promoted Justin Peelle to tight ends coach. Later in the week, the team hired Boston College assistant Ryan Day to be the new Eagles quarterback coach. If Bicknell leaves, Philadelphia will be left looking for another assistant hiring.