Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notebook

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notebook

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In search of a new coach for the first time in 14 years, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has requested permission to interview Atlanta assistants Mike Nolan, Dirk Koetter and Keith Armstrong, according to an NFL source.

But University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly is the Eagles prime target, according to two NFL senior personnel officials. Kelly, 49, is 45-7 in his four seasons as a college head coach. He is praised for his innovative mind, so much so that Patriots coach Bill Belichick has used elements of the Oregon offense in New England this season. The Ducks play in the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday.

Lurie, who fired Andy Reid on Monday, said he spent the last month researching potential hires as the Eagles season swirled down the drain. He assembled a list of candidates and plans to immediately begin interviewing.

It has to be somebody that really has studied where offenses and defenses are going, Lurie said about his new coach. Somebody that will not just today have a dynamic approach to the game but studies it in such a way that when the game figures out whats going to happen with that type of offense, theyre a step ahead.

Peterson 8 yards short The NFLs leading rusher, Minnesotas Adrian Peterson, finished just 8 yards shy of the single-season rushing record held by Eric Dickerson.

The Vikings running back had 2,097 yards, and his final run in Sundays 37-34 victory over the Packers went to the Green Bay 11- yard line with 24 seconds left. The Vikings allowed the clock to run to three seconds before Blair Walsh kicked a game-winning, 29-yard field goal.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier was asked Monday if the team might review the season to see if any extra yards could be found.

If we could find those hidden yards, we would do it, Frazier joked. If we can find 9 yards, were going to find them.

Richardson had broken ribs Browns running back Trent Richardson revealed Monday that he played most of his rookie season with broken ribs and still cant lie on his right side or his back because its too painful.

Richardson was hurt Oct. 14 against the Cincinnati Bengals, but he and the Browns said he suffered a rib cartilage injury. …

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