The Philadelphia Eagles reached out to Lincoln Riley shortly after firing Doug Pederson on Monday but it doesn’t sound like they’ll be landing the Oklahoma superstar as their next head coach.
Paul Domowitch says that “sources in Norman told The Inquirer that Riley seems content to stay where he’s at for now.” Domo’s reporting here is especially noteworthy since he was the first one to really highlight Howie Roseman’s relationship with Riley back in August 2020.
In addition to this much, ESPN is also reporting that Riley is “happy at Oklahoma.”
This all makes sense. There’s really no need for Riley to rush to the NFL. For starters, he just signed a six-year, $45.2 million contract extension through 2025 last year. And with his strong track record, he has every reason to be confident that rising the professional ranks will always be available to him. Riley can take his time and make the leap when the perfect opportunity arises.
The Eagles hardly qualify as a dream gig given:
- The presence of a meddling owner who employs a general manager who’s perceived to be infallible
- The lack of a definitive answer at quarterback
- One of the tightest cap situations in the NFL
- A roster that’s not good and clearly lacks exciting, young talent
And so on.
Of course, it’s worth noting that the Eagles landed Chip Kelly when there was thought they wouldn’t be able to land him back in 2013. Especially after he reportedly turned down the job.
But Kelly’s change of heart seemed tied to him getting more power than he was originally offered. It’s hard to imagine the Eagles giving Riley the proper power he could be seeking with the Lurie and Roseman dynamic at play.
And so the Eagles’ head coaching search continues.