Dec 22, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Washington Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian (right) talks with ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit before the 2012 Maaco Bowl againast the Boise State Broncos at Sam Body Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Sarkisian To Eagles: Unlikely

So, the rumor goes that if the Philadelphia Eagles do fire Andy Reid (they will) and target Oregon head coach Chip Kelly for the job (they probably will) only to be rejected by him (could happen?), Albert Breer of says that Steve Sarkisian could be a backup plan based on his “NFL experience and relationships with members of the Eagles’ organization.”

Dec 23, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid on the sidelines against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field. The Redskins defeated the Eagles, 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

While I’m not willing to say this is impossible, there just seems to be so many obstacles between the rumor and reality. First, Chip Kelly would apparently have to turn down a job he seems likely to want, then Breer has to be right about the Eagles even having interest in Sark, as his statement appears to be conjecture. He doesn’t even go the route of an anonymous source, so it just seems to be one man’s opinion. Next, Sarkisian would actually have to want to leave for the Eagles. That’s possible for sure, as I think most people would view a promotion from University of Washington head coach to head coach of a (previously) successful NFL franchise as a promotion, but we can’t read Sark’s mind, and when he was offered an interview last year for the Rams job, he turned it down.

So, if anything more specific pops up in the next several weeks, I will pass it along, but I would stress too much about Coach Sark bolting.

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