The Philadelphia Eagles new head coach held his introductory news conference Thursday afternoon.
Chip Kelly talked about putting together a staff, but did not mention any candidates for his defensive coordinator position by name.
Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has been linked to the opening in reports. He’s on the road recruiting today for Georgia.
Kelly, the former Oregon coach, said he’s “right in the middle of,” assembling a staff.
“Started making some phone calls last night,” Kelly said. “There’s obviously a lot of protocol that goes on in terms of asking for permission from other organizations from people that are under contracts. We’re right in the middle of that. That’s really been my first order of business since I arrived here.”
Grantham had still not notified Georgia about the Philadelphia job, according to athletic director Greg McGarity Thursday night.
Under Grantham’s contract, he is to notify McGarity of “any offers of employment, employment opportunities or requests for meetings or discussion with respect to possible employment opportunities before engaging in substantive discussions regarding such employment or employment opportunities.”
Grantham met with defensive end Davin Bellamy this morning at Chamblee High School, according to Chad Simmons of Scout.com. Grantham has yet to comment about any interest he may have with the Eagles, but he hasn’t distanced himself from the opening either.
One other coordinator who was mentioned with the Eagles job was hired elsewhere in the NFL today. Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn took the same job with the Seattle Seahawks.
“In terms of what do we want to be?” Kelly said. “We’re going to be an attacking style of defense. It’s going to be a group of people that dictates the tempo of the game. What that spacing is in terms of is it a 4-3 spacing, 3-4 spacing, I think it’s again looking at our roster and understanding who we’ll have the opportunity to bring in here.”
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