Chip Kelly has yet to win an NFL playoff game, but Philadelphia’s second-year coach pulled off a major off-field victory Friday, gaining control of the Eagles’ player personnel department after Howie Roseman, at 39 the NFL’s youngest general manager, was promoted to executive vice president of football operations.
The shake-up ended speculation about Kelly’s future after a turbulent week that included the dismissal of vice president of player personnel Tom Gamble two days earlier. Kelly, who has led the Eagles to consecutive 10-6 seasons but failed to reach the playoffs this season, already had final say on the 53-man roster. Now he’ll hire a new personnel executive who will answer directly to him.
Raiders interview Shurmur
The Oakland Raiders interviewed Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur for their head coaching vacancy, a person with knowledge of the interview told Associated Press. Shurmur, Philadelphia’s coordinator for two seasons, was head coach in Cleveland in 2011 and ’12, going 9-23. The Raiders are seeking a permanent replacement for Dennis Allen, whom they fired four games into this season. Interim coach Tony Sparano is also a candidate.
Houston defensive end J.J. Watt and New England tight end Rob Gronkowski were the only unanimous picks for the AP All-Pro team, listed on all 50 ballots. Dallas led all teams with four All-Pros: guard Zack Martin, the only rookie on the squad; league rushing leader DeMarco Murray, tackle Tyron Smith and wide receiver Dez Bryant. All four are first-time All-Pros. Also making it for the first time: Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner; Buffalo defensive end Mario Williams and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus; Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston; Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell; Baltimore guard Marshal Yanda; Green Bay fullback John Kuhn; Cincinnati kick returner Adam Jones and Indianapolis punter Pat McAfee.
Buffalo Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula, taking a direct role in the team’s search for a coach, are scheduled to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase Saturday in Denver and Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich Sunday in San Diego. . . . Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green did not practice and was listed as doubtful for Sunday’s AFC playoff game at Indianapolis because of a concussion. Colts right guard Hugh Thornton will miss the game because of a right shoulder injury. . . . Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was held out as the Green Bay Packers resumed practice. He is recovering from a calf injury. The team has a first-round bye in the playoffs.