The clock is ticking for the Birds to make the most of this opportunity. Many saw the dismissal of Chip Kelly as the moment where the Philadelphia Eagles put a line in the sand not to accept mediocrity and get back to becoming a powerhouse in the NFC. Without a championship to speak of since 1960, the diehard Philly fans are starving for success and the names that are being thrown up for the hot seat are ranging from the exciting to the ridiculous.
CSN Philly is already putting the odds out there for the next head coach. As things stand right now, Adam Gase and Pat Shurmur are equal favorites at 3/1 where the likes of Sean McDermott, Doug Pederson, Paul Guenther, Hue Jackson, Matt Patricia and the wily old veteran Tom Coughlin are shortly behind them. All of these men have varying credentials and experience, so deciphering the pros and cons of each of them will be critical to the future of the franchise.
The Eagles ended their 2015 campaign in the NFC East at 7-9. Arguably the worst division of the NFL together with the AFC South, Philly will be watching the 2016 Playoffs seeing the Washington Redskins of all teams take the honors in a run to the Super Bowl. To miss out on January action is one thing, missing out to this Redskins side is quite another.
This window right now in the New Year is the time where franchises act fast. In this industry you snooze – you lose. The best coaching talent that is available won’t be waiting by the phone, so it’s up to the Eagles hierarchy to tell the supporters that they have a vision for 2016 and beyond and select the man who can position the team for a tilt at the Super Bowl in a few seasons.
We know coaches can only work with the cattle they have and the incoming coach will need to ensure that his backroom staff and scouting committee have the right players coming through the front door. But when everything else is on the periphery and the coaching slot is up for grabs, this is Philly’s chance to set the record straight.
Here are 15 coaches who can bring the Eagles a championship.
15 Andy Reid
14 John Fox
13 Sean McDermott
12 Nick Saban
11 Paul Guenther
10 Bruce Arians
9 Harold Goodwin
8 Matt Patricia
7 Mark Dantonio
6 Urban Meyer
5 Sean Payton
4 Tom Coughlin
3 Hue Jackson
2 Bill Cowher
1 Jim Harbaugh
The former 49ers head coach was not backwards in coming forwards about the demise of Jim Tomsula at San Francisco. “Do not be deceived. You will reap what you sow.” 22,500 retweets later and it’s clear reading between the lines that Harbaugh harbors a lot of ill feeling towards the franchise that he left after taking the Bay Area franchise to Super Bowl XLVII in 2013. Now at Michigan, the 52-year old is waiting in the wings to come back to the NFL. He has the character, the record and a point to prove.
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