Twitter Mailbag: Can Foles Attract A Big-Name Coach?

Every Thursday we select a few of your Twitter questions and provide the long-form answers they deserve. For a chance to have your question published on Birds 24/7, send it to @Tim_McManus.

From @riggitty: Will Nick Foles intrigue any head coaching prospects if he performs well in a few starts this season?

Very good question. As Eagles fans get their head coaching wish lists ready, complete with the Bill Cowhers and Jon Grudens of the world, few pause to think if the interest would be mutual. Nothing is more important than having a quality quarterback in this league (something Sheil lays out well here). If the Eagles don’t have an attractive option at QB, why would a coach-in-demand choose the Eagles?

For that reason, I think it is critically important that Foles acquits himself well if the Eagles are going for the big name. The less desirable the quarterback situation looks, the better chance the Eagles will have to mine for a diamond assistant in the rough. But to be honest, I think that’s the direction they go in regardless.

From @JCentifonti: Could Roseman be bumped to President & they go after a new GM?

No, they promoted Don Smolenski to President back in June, around the same time Howie Roseman reportedly received his contract extension.

I am becoming more and more convinced that the Lurie-Smolenski-Roseman triumvirate will be in place to oversee the transition from the Reid Era to the new era. Lurie will need men that he trusts to guide the franchise where he wants it to go.

I am fascinated with how the Michael Vick situation will be handled. If Vick is still on the roster three days after the Super Bowl, $3 million of his salary becomes guaranteed. Chances are, the Eagles won’t have a head coach in place by then. Would Roseman and Lurie make the call to release Vick without first consulting with their head coach to be?

The answer will tell us a lot.

From @BrandonSlagle27: I was looking at the nyg and dal sched. Do you think it’s possible to win the NFC east with a 9-7 record or even possibly 8-8?

Here’s what each NFC East team is facing the rest of the way:

Giants (6-4): Packers, @Redskins, Saints, @Falcons, @Ravens, Eagles
Cowboys (4-5): Browns, Redskins, Eagles, @Bengals, Steelers, Saints, @Redskins
Eagles (3-6): @Redskins, Panthers, @Cowboys, @Bucs, Bengals, Redskins, @Giants
Redskins (3-6):  Eagles, @Cowboys, Giants, Ravens, @Browns, @Eagles, Cowboys

A couple things that stand out: The Giants face a pretty tough slate starting next week against Green Bay. The Cowboys have maybe the easiest schedule, especially considering that they have just two road games the rest of the way. The Eagles have just two games remaining against teams with winning records (Giants, Bucs).

The second half of the season is backloaded with division games. Yeah, I can see 9-7 winning the NFC East. Definitely possible.

From @phillytokorea: who is the Eagle player that has the most upside? A potential Pro Bowler?

I think Fletcher Cox is your guy. The eye is not naturally drawn to the middle of the line so Cox does not get a ton of recognition, but he has shown some real nice flashes in the first half of his rookie season. It took no time at all before Cox was Jim Washburn‘s most-used defensive tackle.

He is a bright spot in a down season, and one reason to be optimistic if you’re an Eagles fan.

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  • Roasty

    I will be absolutely furious if the Eagles hire Cowher or Gruden. It took Cowher 12 or 13 years to win a super bowl. Yes he went to a lot of playoffs and his team was a perennial contender but that sounds eerily familiar and I can’t take any more of that. I personally can’t stand Gruden. He walked into already talented and assembled team in TB when he won his super bowl and never had a playoff victory since. Gruden is a annoying cheerleader and this team needs a COACH.

    • Johngiam

      No to green. Yes to cowher. Say what you want about cowher, but he plays a Philly brand of football and always fields tough football teams. he would run the ball, be physical and make sure we have a hard hitting defense. For that, I would gladly take cowher. Gruden is too Andy Reid type cute for my taste. He just masks it will the napolionic complex angry fiery personality

    • The Guru

      Couldn’t disagree more. I want Sean Payton first and foremost….but those would be my next two hires. If Roseman is going to stay here (and he must have dirty pictures of Lurie), then I want a coach who is not going to let him have final say on personnel. Gruden and Cowher wouldn’t let him get away with Kurt Coleman at safety. A college coach or coordinator would have to take a back seat to The Accountant.

  • Phillysports101

    Roasty you do realize that he left Oakland for Tampa and then won the Super Bowl over guess who? The raiders..the team he assembled.

    • roasty

      He didnt get them there. And yes i know about the tuck rule game. If anything that shows that it wasnt gruden that made the raiders good and if they could go without him the year he left than he wasnt that valuable to the team

      • wpnx20

        Is it just me or could you make a similar argument for Dungy and the Bucs? Seems like you’re not grasping the full picture.

  • FMWarner

    I’m not particularly interested in either of these guys, but I’d take Cowher over Gruden in a heartbeat. I think Cowher will probably want more control than the new coach will be granted, however.

  • aub32

    Do you think it’s possible that Vick would grab more attention from potential coaches than Foles? I would think a lot of coaches would like to take on the challenge of trying to make him the ultimate weapon if his body isn’t too banged up after this season. Also, I really look forward to this D line growing as a unit. Cox, Graham, and Curry are all high picks that I would love to see turn out well.

  • Wilbert M.

    Jim Mora Sr. said it best when he called Vick a coach-killer. Vick brought down Andy, the most entrenched coach in the NFL. That has to kill any appeal for a new coach to want to work with Vick.

  • Dave alcock

    For those people who say gruden won a SB on Dungy team, he won, who cares! Isn’t that what we want! I don’t care how he did it, he was the coach that finally got the bucs to win a cold weather playoff game, against you guess it, the Philadelphia eagles. And like it was mentioned before, the bucs beat his former team the raiders in the SB, so he definitely left a markon the game. Should of made the SB the year before, getting robbed in the snow againsts the pats. What I love about chucks is his passion, isn’t that one thing the fans want to see again, instead of times yours..blah blah. Give me chucky any day!