Coaching Buzz: Gruden, Kelly And Arians

A lot of talk among Eagles fans right now is focused not on the team’s Week 10 game against the Cowboys, but rather on who the next head coach could potentially be.

While we need to acknowledge that there are still eight games remaining, and that Andy Reid is under contract through 2013, it’d be foolish to ignore the buzz about head-coaching candidates that is already building.

Birds 24/7 is, after all, a blog for the people.

So from time to time, we’ll round up links and information about names you should know.

Without further ado…

Tim wrote about Jon Gruden and his praise for Nick Foles yesterday. But there are a couple other links to pass along. The first is from Paul Domowitch of the Daily News. Domo caught up with Ron Jaworski to get his take on Gruden possibly returning. One of the most noteworthy parts of the column focused on how much control Gruden might want from a personnel standpoint:

Talent evaluation isn’t Gruden’s strong suit. Coaching and motivating players is. If you’re an owner, you wouldn’t want to bring him in and make him king. And Jaworski said Gruden wouldn’t necessarily want to be king. All he would want is a general manager who’s on the same page as he is.

“He’s going to want to have someone he can trust and communicate with,” Jaws said. “No question of that. And it’s not just Jon. Any head coach that comes in is going to want to have that good relationship [with a GM].

“Look what happened in Carolina. You could see there was a disconnect there between Ron [Rivera] and [recently fired GM] Marty Hurney. They signed [running backs] DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert, and then they don’t run the ball. That’s the kind of disconnect you can’t have.

“For Jon, it’s not about power. It’s about working in harmony.”

That’s an important nugget, considering the Eagles extended Howie Roseman’s contract back in June. Of course, as others have pointed out, there’s no guarantee that Roseman will return, but it seems more likely than not at this point.

One more note on Gruden: Sources tell Mike Freeman of that he’s already putting together a skeleton staff of assistants, should the right opportunity present itself.

Another name you’re going to hear a lot about is Oregon’s Chip Kelly. Sources tell Dennis Dodd of that Kelly is likely to make the leap to the NFL this offseason. Last year, he had the chance to take over the Tampa Bay Bucs, but turned it down. He’ll likely have multiple suitors this time around.

“It’s just inevitable that he will eventually be in the NFL,” [Former Oregon coach Mike] Bellotti said. “Chip is one of the ultimate competitors and he sees that. It actually surprised me he changed his mind [with the Bucs] last year.

“Whether they get to the national championship and whether they win the national championship, I don’t know. To think he’ll stay there when ultimately his idea of top jobs is to get to the Super Bowl, it won’t happen, unfortunately, at the college level.”

And finally, some of you have asked about Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who currently has assumed head-coaching duties from Chuck Pagano. Daniel Jeremiah of said he’s heard Arians’ name mentioned for possible head-coaching opportunities around the league. Arians, who is 60-years-old, previously was the offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he was the head coach of Temple from 1983 to 1988.

Jeremiah also recently put together a list of head-coaching candidates, including Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and Penn State’s Bill O’Brien (although he concedes it’s highly unlikely that O’Brien leaves Happy Valley).

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  • Andy

    Any chance Reid is elevated to a Mike Homgren-like team president/player personnel position when a new on the field coach is brought in? Howie would stay on to help with the cap and negotiating contract terms as GM.

    • Septhinox

      Why? Why would you want Andy Reid as the full GM? Are you happy with the previous drafts and acquisitions? Happy with the LB and Safety situation?

      • limodriver2750

        Totally agree Septh. If he had that skill ever, he’s since lost it. Does anyone think he’d settle for anything less than full, exclusive power? Fresh look at philosophy is what’s needed, not Groundhog day.

        • Eagles_Fan_in_San_Fran

          Well said, LimoDriver – I nominate you to drive Big Red to the airport when Lurie finally gives him the heave-ho the day after our final regular season game.

    • Jamesbondage

      I’m not really high on Andy’s player evaluation abilities based on his draft track record. He’s a players’ coach and his forte lies on keeping the organization even-keeled. I don’t see the benefit of having him as the team president.

      Also, I’m not high on Gruden. He may be good at motivating young players but the way he left the Tampa Bay franchise wasn’t pretty compared to the shape it was in when he got there imo.

      Chip Kelly is an interesting prospect but I see a potential Mike Martz clone with him… Personally, I would like to see BDawk become an assistant coach in the organization in some capacity if he’s interested.

      • theycallmerob

        YES! I completely agree, BDawk (if interested) would immediately connect and understand the fanbase. I would say the same about Brian Westbrook. Both smart players. And it’s not as if the Eagles seem opposed to ex-player coaches (see Staley, Duce)

        Sheil/Tim: Any chance you could reach out to these two and gauge interest (or even just their insight on this situation)? It is the will of the people!

        • FMWarner

          I don’t think understanding the fan base is a quality I care about in a coach. Winning is. If you win, the fans will like you. Well, unless it’s Philly and you have a black QB.

          • daggolden

            LOL so true. I listened to WIP yesterday and one of the questions was who are your 3 least favorite Eagles of all-time. Multiple callers said Cunningham, McNabb and Vick.lmao. The host said out of all the players the Eagles have had you pick 3 players who have a combined 12 pro-bowls as your least favorite. All black QBs. Out of all the stiffs that have played for the Eagles you pick Cunningham who was a top player, McNabb who had 6 pro bowls and led his team to many wins and Vick who has only been here 3 years. lol. hmmmmm only in Philly.

          • djack10

            3 least favorite of all-time? how could todd “i lost it in the lights” pinkston not be in that list? what about ronnie “i thought throwing the ball up for grabs was a smart play” brown and steve “dive 1 yd short of the first down marker in the only freaking game i play all year” smith? WIP callers are total morons

    • FMWarner

      To me, Reid’s strengths are in coaching, teaching and motivating. Drafting has not been a strong suit.

      • Eagles_Fan_in_San_Fran

        Reid is basically a QB coach in disguise.
        He’s never had anything to do with the defense and is a horrible game-day coach.
        While he has been able to keep teams together through rough spots in the past, I don’t know about his motivation skills overall and it’s clear he’s lost the team this year.
        He’ll get another HC job, but it will only be with a team that is either desperate (KC) or stupid (SD).

    • Andy

      Not suggesting it would be a good idea, just thinking that Lurie may do that. I don’t have any input on the decision.

    • GoBirds1

      Why? Haven’t we suffered long enough with his inability to evaluate talent and moronic philosophy to build a roster.

  • daggolden

    Actually if any of you fans live in the Philly area you have heard Seth Joyner on 97.5. He really knows his shit. I would love to bring him in on the defensive side of the ball. Next would be Ron Jaworski maybe as the new GM. He is very knowledgable. I know this wont be popular but I have seen Bill Belichick fail and then succeed. But I would really take a long look at Nick Saban and maybe prying him away from Alabama. I dont know what happened in Miami but tell me a Eagle fan thta wouldnt want a Alabama oriented team in Philly.

  • Myke Lowery

    so no to Stanford HC or 49ers current dc?