Eagles fans weigh in on Chip Kelly's replacement

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With the season over for the Eagles, fans can't help but speculate who will take Chip Kelley's place as head coach. (WPVI)

Loyal Eagles fans came out Sunday to watch the final game of the season at Chickie's and Pete's in South Philadelphia.

Those we spoke to couldn't help but speculate on who will take Chip Kelly's place as head coach.

"I want somebody that's going to be a little more dynamic. Not as much as Chip, but who's not afraid to speak up to the owner," said Paul Craig of Williamstown, New Jersey.

Interim head coach and offensive coordinator, Pat Shurmur, coached the final game after Kelly was let go last week.

Running backs coach and longtime fan favorite Duce Staley was interviewed for the job on Friday to the delight of some fans and the chagrin of others.

"I really believe that they should stay inside the organization, get Duce and let him deal with them because he knows the players, and some of the players played against him," said Greg Barksdale of Odessa, Delaware.

"He's a good running back coach. (And that's it?) Yeah," said Michael Riverso of South Philadelphia.

While many fans want a fresh start for the team, they also want someone who's familiar with Philadelphia.

We talked to a couple people whose pick would be Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, who started his career in Philly.

"Philly roots, he knows the Philly organization and he's a defensive coordinator, which I think is what the Eagles require right now," said Tom Collins of Ventnor, New Jersey.

Another rumored lead candidate: Chief's offensive coordinator Doug Pederson who followed Andy Reid to Kansas City.

"Doug Pederson I knew when he was here as a quarterback," said Craig. "Wasn't too thrilled with him then so I don't know how he's going to be. I don't know how he's been in Kansas City."

Whoever the coach is, most fans agree on one thing.

"First he has to be in touch with his players," said Melvin Brower of West Philadelphia. "When you get a good relationship with your players then your house is good so therefore your team will want to play for you."

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