NFL Rumors: Philadelphia Eagles Interested in Alabama Crimson Tide DC Kirby Smart?

By Dan Parzych
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The Philadelphia Eagles pulled off one of the biggest surprises of the week by hiring former Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly for the 2013 season–which is interesting since he interviewed for the job a few weeks ago and seemed like he was staying at the collegiate level. Now, one of the top NFL rumors this Friday involves Kelly trying to recruit another big name in the college football world–Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.

Rumors are beginning to swirl about the Eagles trying to bring the defensive mastermind on board for the 2013 season and if this does end up happening–it would be a huge move for a team that has seen its defense decline over the last two seasons. By now, Philadelphia realizes how much of a mistake it was to make Juan Castillo–who was fired in the middle of the 2012 season–the defensive coordinator in 2011 and for a team loaded with talent on the roster, seeing the Eagles’ defense struggle each game was one of the most frustrating things in the world.

Of course, the main factor with this story is simply it’s nothing more than a rumor at the moment and while Philadelphia may be interested–nothing is official just yet. With all of the success he’s established over the last couple of years in making the program one of the biggest powerhouses in college football, it would difficult to see Smart leave Alabama for the NFL.

Then again, nobody expected Kelly to leave Oregon for the Eagles–so it should be interesting to see how this scenario plays out in Philadelphia.

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