The Philadelphia Eagles are beginning their search to replace Doug Pederson as the team's next head coach. Pederson could catch on with another NFL team, but Philadelphia's primary candidates are still being established.
One surprising name has emerged as a possible candidate to replace Pederson.
Ryan Day Eagles
Ohio Stats Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day could be the next from the college ranks to jump to the NFL if the early indications lead to him catching on with the Eagles.
Day has already had a taste of coaching experience in the NFL, serving as quarterbacks coach for the Eagles in 2015 and the San Francisco 49ers in 2016. Then Day joined Ohio State as a co-offensive coordinator before taking over as head coach for three games in 2018.
In Day's first full season as HC in 2019, the team went 13-0 in the regular season before losing in the Fiesta Bowl. In 2020, Day helped lead the Buckeyes all the way to the College Football National Championship Game.
Given Ohio State's success and the emergence of likely No. 2 pick Justin Fields under Day, it's no surprise he's drawing interest from the NFL. He could be the coach who can help revive the Eagles after a down season and figure out the team's QB situation, although plucking a candidate from the college ranks can backfire, like it did with Chip Kelly.
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