PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The search is underway for the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles interviewed former running back and current running backs coach Duce Staley on Friday for the vacant coaching position, the team confirmed Saturday.READ MORE: Sharon Gless On Book 'Apparently There Were Complaints: Cagney & Lacey 'Changed The History Of Television For Women'
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie fired Chip Kelly on Tuesday after nearly three seasons as head coach. In a press conference explaining his decision to release Kelly, Lurie made it clear that current members of the coaching staff would be considered for the job.
Staley is a known favorite of Lurie and remains popular among Eagles fans. He played seven seasons with Philadelphia and rushed for nearly 5,000 yards, including three 1,000 yard seasons.READ MORE: Sunoco Ordered To Dredge Part Of Ranger Cove, Pay $4 Million Over Mariner East 2 Spill
Staley joined the Birds’ coaching staff in 2010 and was promoted to running backs coach in 2013.
The interview helps the organization meet the requirements of the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which mandates teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching and senior football operation positions.
The Eagles (6-9) are scheduled to finish out the regular season Sunday against the New York Giants (6-9) under interim head coach Pat Shurmur.MORE NEWS: Officials Respond To Carver High School After Instagram User Threatens To 'Shoot Up' North Philadelphia School
Shurmur is also expected to interview for the job.