Add Press Taylor to the list of coaches linked to Chip Kelly’s coaching staff.
Taylor, a graduate assistant who worked with the quarterbacks on Bill Blankenship’s Tulsa staff, will be joining Kelly’s Eagles staff, college football site footballscoop.com reported Tuesday.
Considering Taylor’s youth and lack of experience, he’s likely headed for some sort of entry-level quality-control spot with the Eagles.
The Eagles have not commented on any reported coaching hires since Kelly began building his staff several weeks ago. The team had no comment on Taylor.
Taylor spent the last two years on Tulsa’s staff after attending Marshall University, where he was a backup quarterback.
"I think once I got to college I knew I wanted to coach football," Taylor told the Huntington (W. Va.) Herald-Dispatch newspaper in 2011, before Tulsa faced Marshall.
“Being around it more and more, you learn a lot more through college football. You learn more about the position. It was just something that intrigued me.
“I kind of knew right away that's what I wanted to do. I always kept an eye out and tried to learn more from the coaches. Picked their brains a little bit more.”
Although Taylor only threw three passes in his playing career at Marshall [completing one, for 10 yards], he did win 17 of 18 starts as quarterback at Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kan., winning consecutive NJCAA national titles.
Also Tuesday, the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL announced that they released defensive lineman Chris McCoy -- who would have been eligible for free agency on Feb. 15 -- so he can sign with the Eagles.
The Eagles had no comment on the story on the Stampeders’ web site.
McCoy, 26, was the Dolphins’ seventh-round pick in 2010 out of Middle Tennessee State, where he was 2009 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He had brief stints with the Dolphins, Texans and Steelers before going to Canada, where he had three sacks for the Stampeders this year.