Chip Kelly, Andy Reid among Highest-Paid Coaches in American Sports

Chip Kelly, Andy Reid among Highest-Paid Coaches in American Sports

Chip Kelly had seemingly taken himself out of the running for the Eagles’ head coaching job on January 5, so what made him change his mind 10 days later?

We may never know the whole truth, but the money sure couldn’t have hurt. The organization would go on to make Kelly the ninth highest-paid coach in American sports with a five-year, $32.5 million contract that comes out to $6.5 annually – not a bad haul for a guy who has never played or coached a down in the National Football League.

The hefty sum is par for the course in pro football these days. Of the names on Forbes top-10 list (via CBS Philly), eight are head coaches in the NFL. The lone exceptions were NBA bosses Doc Rivers (6th) and Gregg Popovich (10th).

Then again, you won’t see Jacksonville’s Gus Bradley or any of the rest of the league’s new chiefs on the list.

Apparently it takes a lot of cash to convince a coach to jump from college to the pros. Pete Carroll comes in fourth with an annual salary of $7 million after leaving his cushy gig at Southern Cal to take a position with the Seattle Seahawks in 2010 – and he’s probably due for a pricey extension by the way.

And while Andy Reid was fired from what is now Chip’s post, he is doing just fine for himself in Kansas City, to the tune of $7.5 million per year according to Forbes’ sources. That’s good for the third highest-paid coach in the United States behind only Sean Payton and Bill Belichick.

That may sound like a lot for Reid in Philly, although he was slated to make $6 million in the final year of his deal with the Eagles. NFL salaries are constantly on the rise, and coaches with proven track records (with or without a Super Bowl ring) generally make the big bucks – Jeff Fisher, Mike Shanahan, and Tom Coughlin helping to round out the list.

>> The Highest-Paid Coaches In U.S. Sports [Forbes]

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.