OK, this one is a long shot, but it’s an intriguing name.
The Eagles are interested in Ohio State’s Ryan Day for their head coaching opening, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark.
Day has plenty of Philadelphia connections. He was Temple’s wide receivers coach in 2006 and offensive coordinator in 2012 and spent 2015 as Chip Kelly’s quarterbacks coach, working with Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez.
And he’s had tremendous success since replacing Urban Meyer at Ohio State, going 20-2 in two full seasons along with a 3-0 record in 2018 in games Meyer did not coach.
Day’s play calling and ability to work with quarterbacks - Dwayne Haskins was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2018 and Justin Fields was a finalist in 2019 (and seventh this past year) - make him an attractive candidate to a team like the Eagles, who have some pretty serious questions at quarterback.
But Day has been pretty adamant about his desire to stay at Ohio State for the long haul and not return to the NFL.
“I think being in a place like Ohio State, any time there’s success, things like this are going to come up,” Day told reporters last year, according to the Lettermen Row Ohio State football blog. “I don’t really ever want to talk about any of that stuff. I love it here. This is where I want to be.
“Whether it’s good, bad or indifferent, even for the next five, 10, hopefully 20 years while I’m here, I really don’t want to comment on any of that. Because I don’t think it’s good for anybody.”
Day, 41, was a record-setting quarterback at New Hampshire, where his offensive coordinator was Kelly.
He bounced around various college jobs until Kelly gave him his first NFL job in 2015. He replaced Bill Musgrave as quarterbacks coach, and when Kelly was fired after the season, Day went with him to San Francisco and served in the same role until Kelly was fired after the 2016 season.
Meyer hired him as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and he remained in that role until Meyer was placed on administrative leave just before the 2018 season, when he was named acting head coach. When Meyer stepped down permanently, Day became Ohio State’s head coach.
Day had 10 jobs in 16 years from 2002 through 2017, when he arrived in Columbus, and said the desire to settle in one place is a big part of why he’s not interested in the NFL.
“When we had to move our family three times in three years — that was not good,” Day said. “And that’s the thing that I don’t know if people realize. You have to move your family, and we have a young family. When you’re moving them all over the place, it is the worst thing to go home to your family and tell them we’ve got to move again. They’ve got to be the new kid again and your wife has to figure out a new set of friends again. It’s just not good.
“That was hard times for us. I said never again. I don’t want to do it anymore. She said the same thing. That was the decision that we made.”
Interesting name. Quality coach. Probably not going to happen.
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