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.
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15 Andy Reid
If you believe everything you read then Andy Reid is trying to influence the Eagles coaching selection process. But rather than putting his name to the list, he is pushing the cause of Doug Pederson. The 57-year old might be a Wilford Brimley look alike, yet for the rotund frame and bristling moustache, the current Kansas City Chiefs coach is doing a hell of a job with the franchise. Reid oversaw a wildcard birth in the AFC West to end the regular season at 11-5, accumulating over 400 points in the process. The Chiefs would be reticent to let him go, and that’s even if he wanted to try his hand in Philly himself.
14 John Fox
Would John Fox be prepared to jump ship from the Bears to the Eagles after one season in charge? Unlikely, but put his name up against other veteran coaches like Bill Belichick and Fox seems to be a more plausible candidate. He hasn’t done anything remarkable in Chicago this year to warrant a franchise falling over themselves to sign him, but when you consider that he took an underwhelming Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl as well as the Broncos a decade later, he’s shown an ability to fly under the radar.
13 Sean McDermott
According to local sources Sean McDermott wants the gig. Speaking publically about the links between himself and the organization, McDermott said, “I love the Philadelphia area and quite honestly, it’s been tough to watch the last several years having grown up in the area and worked there for 12 years.” This will help win the fans over, but only time will tell if it will win the club over. McDermott worked at the Eagles as an assistant between 1999 and 2010 before going on to be the defensive coordinator at the Carolina Panthers. Their record speaks for itself, making McDermott hot property.
12 Nick Saban
His reputation in College Football is almost unparalleled, so would Nick Saban want to dip his toes into the NFL pool again? The 64-year old is on good money at Alabama and enjoys an imposing record of 4 National Championships in the trophy cabinet. He had short stints with the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns some years ago and might be considered damaged goods in that respect. But Saban is a winner and the old school coach might be just what Philly needs to turn their fortunes around.
11 Paul Guenther
A lot of the career coaches who work hard behind the scenes until they’re promoted through the ranks don’t have their names put up in big lights. 44-year old Paul Guenther is one of those men, working at Western Maryland in the mid 1990s until he got a chance as an assistant at the Redskins in 2002 and now enjoys a stellar reputation as the defensive coordinator at the Cincinnati Bengals. The franchise conceded less than 300 points this season, outlining how Guenther is excelling at NFL level.
10 Bruce Arians
Is it fanciful to suggest the Eagles could poach the sitting Arizona Cardinals head coach? Probably, but it won’t stop us from speculating in any case. If Philly really do want someone who could take them to Super Bowl glory, then they could do a lot worse than appoint a man who has overseen the Cardinals tear up the NFC West at 13-3, winning 7 of 8 games on the road. It would take a sizeable check to get Arians, but who knows? Football is a crazy game.
9 Harold Goodwin
489 points scored for the Arizona Cardinals across 16 regular season games. That’s an average of 30.5 points a game, something that will win you a lot unless you’re defense is leaky and unreliable. While Bruce Arians gets most of the plaudits, the franchise’s offensive coordinator has quietly gone about his business and Harold Goodwin’s chance to take a head coach role might be now. The 43-year old was part of the Steelers 2008 Super Bowl win and he knows what it takes to go all the way.
8 Matt Patricia
Transferring from New England to Philadelphia is not for the faint of heart, but if it means securing the services of Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia then the Eagles fans should probably suck it up. Word spreads quickly as the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants are keeping tabs on the 41-year olds availability, with the former linesman widely credited for assisting Bill Belichick’s New England side into a mean machine feared around the country. Someone will give Patricia an opportunity, it’s up to the Eagles to make the call on whether or not they’re the ones to do it.
7 Mark Dantonio
Few men can boast a head coaching record of 105-50. That’s insane numbers in American football which prides itself on equality of competition. The 59-year old Michigan State supremeo has 3 Big Ten Championships under his belt, the most recent of which in 2015. He has the quality and experience to transition successfully from College to the NFL, the question is whether Dantonio wants it or not. A failed moved to the big time would be a big asterix on his CV.
6 Urban Meyer
It’s the College record envied around football. Urban Meyer is considered the top man at that level with a staggering win-loss ratio of 154 to 27. That is unbelievable. So why can’t, or won’t the 51-year old make the move to the NFL? The Ohio native has done great things at Utah, Florida and now Ohio State. Maybe home comforts will ensure Meyer stays at his post for a few more years, but if the Eagles want to be serious contenders then this coach has to be in the discussion.
5 Sean Payton
Payton sees his future in New Orleans despite all the speculation linking him with a move out of the Saints. The 52-year old didn’t enjoy the 2015 season, overseeing his side finish 3rd in the NFC South with a record of 7-9. Payton worked behind the scenes at Philadelphia in 1997 which would give him an advantage knowing the operation first hand and with a regular season overall record of .604 he has enough credits in the bank. Aside from all this, his 2010 Super Bowl title remains fresh in the memory for many owners.
4 Tom Coughlin
The emotional and classy farewell at the Giants spoke volumes about his attitude towards the game and his dedication to his players. The 69-year old veteran had Eli Manning in tears, but those who think we’ve seen the last of the double Super Bowl winning coach might have to think again. Coughlin refused to rule out coaching another NFL side again and the chance to go to Philadelphia might be that moment where he shocks the game. Maybe all Coughlin needs is a fresh squad with a fresh approach.
3 Hue Jackson
The Browns want a piece of Hue Jackson, the question is whether the Philadelphia Eagles have the same appetite. The 50-year old Los Angeles native has the Bengals in free scoring form as the teams offensive coordinator and when he took the reigns as the Oakland Raiders head coach for a brief period in 2011, he ended with an 8-8 record overseeing a very ordinary team. Owners want him and the timing might be right.
2 Bill Cowher
Someone with terrific credentials will go and coach a rival side, so if the Eagles want to sit back and see Bill Cowher take the hot seat at the Giants then their silence on that move could come back to bite them. The hard hitting former linebacker had 2 stints as a player in Philadelphia and with a Super Bowl to his name as a coach with the Steelers in 2005, Cowher’s flirtation with a return has owners licking their lips in anticipation. He’s a tough, no nonsense man who gets results and this could be his moment where his career comes full circle.
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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