Eagles Wake-Up Call: Overconfident, Or Part Of the Plan?

Jeffrey Lurie offered this opinion of his team at Monday’s press conference:

“I’m very confident that this is the most attractive place for a head coach to work in the National Football League.”

Right now, it’s at least fair to ask if this is even the most attractive destination out of the six teams that currently have a head coaching vacancy.

The potential thorn in the Eagles’ side could be (who else?) Joe Banner, who spent the bulk of Friday courting Chip Kelly. Reports surfaced in the evening that Kelly and the Browns are close to a deal, though the window is open at least a crack.

The Eagles surely saw the first part of this coming. It was widely reported that  Kelly would be in high demand, and expected that at least one team would put the full-court press on as soon as the clock hit zero at the Fiesta Bowl. It is also possible they knew Banner and the Browns would be the team to do it.

Kelly as recently as Thursday night stated that he wanted this to be a quick process. Lurie, though, hinted that his team would employ a methodical approach when it came to their search, even as their name continued to be tied to the sought-after Oregon coach.

“The important thing is to find the right coach, not to make the fastest decision. That’s our priority,” said Lurie.

After the Eagles interview Kelly Saturday (it sounds like they will get the chance), they have a meeting set up with Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy for Sunday, and plan to talk with Colts OC Bruce Arians and Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley next week. There could be more names beyond that.

There are a couple conclusions that can be drawn: One, that the Eagles’ interest in Kelly was overstated, and they are comfortable losing him in the name of sound and comprehensive evaluation if necessary. Or two, that Kelly is the  man they were targeting heading in, but felt comfortable enough with their stature where they believed they would have their pick of the litter.

Right now, Kelly is reportedly close to choosing Banner and the Browns. You wonder if Lurie has been caught off guard.

WHAT YOU MISSED

More on the report of Kelly potentially landing with the Browns.

The Chiefs made it official with Andy Reid. 

As we wait for the Eagles to interview Kelly and McCoy, here’s the tale of the tape.

Jeremiah Trotter was as candid as any player has been on the shortcoming of  Reid as a coach.

This whole Banner versus Lurie showdown sets up for some great theater.

You can find all the latest coaching buzz in our special section.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Dick Vermeil had some advice for Reid when it came to Kansas City: “Go.”

“He’s coached at the University of Missouri,” Vermeil said of Reid’s three-year stint as an assistant from 1989-91, “he’s been in middle America before and knows what the people are like. He knows how I feel about it. He’s been in that stadium. He kicked my rear . . . when we were ahead 18-0 . . . and he knows how the fans are there, and how that Arrowhead Stadium is when it’s full.

“And he knows the great respect and admiration people in the NFL have for the Hunt family, so why not go? There are no negatives.”

John Canzano of the Oregonian did a nice job painting the picture of what was likely Kelly’s last game at Oregon.

Go home, everyone. It’s all done and over for the University of Oregon and Coach Visor, right?

Except, here came Kelly rushing down the corridor of the University of Phoenix Stadium 15 minutes later, leading an entourage toward the postgame media news conference. He had running back Kenjon Barner trailing him, and freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota behind that. Also, Nike founder Phil Knight was hurrying along, trying to keep up. And former Duck Ahmad Rashad was somewhere in there, too. And actor Ty Burrell, better known as Phil Dunphy from “Modern Family” was going stride for stride. And in that moment like that, it hits you square between the eyes.

Kelly was right — a football program should never be about one guy.

As Crossing Broad details, the Kansas City media treated Reid’s arrival like a Presidential visit.

COMING UP

The coaching search rolls on. We’ll have it covered for you.

 

 

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  • Johngiam

    All smoke screens. Jeff played Banner like a fiddle lol….the real targets I suspect are: Gus Bradley, McCoy, jay Gruden, Bruce Arians…one of those four men will be our next HC, WATCH!!!

    • 1972

      we want gus!!! howie wants offense SMH. The thing they dont realize is u can still be a high powered offense by RUNNING!!!

      • Johngiam

        YES SIR! I am riding shot gun to your HIRE GUS WARWAGON!! Lol…hopefully he brings the free agent corner, TRUPHANT with him from sealed, so we can draft his little brother. arcus Truphant has been a helluva physical Nfl corner for YEARS…If we can get Gus, and he can bring Triphant, it would be a BIG OUP for us!

    • daggolden

      Agreed. The Eagles next coach is already in place. The Eagles know exactly who will be thier coach. They knew weeks ago. Now what they are doing is just kicking some tires just in case someone else blows them away. This is telling me that the next Eagles coach is in the playoffs and not available to interview just yet. IMO

    • daggolden

      Also saying all that Chip Kelly leaving Cleveland without a deal could be very very troubleing to Eagle fans who dont want him. I cant believe Banner letting him go without a contract can be good for Cleveland.lol. Maybe Banner is playing Lurie and Kelly really isnt thier choice. Banner brought Kelly in, released bogus statment he almost is signed, let him go hoping Eagles sign him and leave the coach they really want alone. Say the Browns know the Eagles are high on McCoy and thats the Browns target.The Browns know the Eagles are more desireable destination so they have to trick the Eagles into taking Kelly and leaving McCoy. hmmmmmm

    • http://twitter.com/PhiIs_Goodman Phils Goodman

      Is flying out to Arizona this morning part of the “smoke-screen” too? Come on man. You would have us believe that Jeff Lurie is now hell-bent on crushing a team that averages 5 wins per year.

      Just because _you_ don’t want Chip Kelly doesn’t mean the Eagles feel the same way.

      • johnGiam

        we are interviewing more then 1 guy in arizona today so Im not exactly sure what you are talking about! Yes, I am convinced the Eagles have it narrowed down to one or two people already, but are doing their due dilligence…I wouldnt lead you to believe anything. Im not stating anything factual, just my oppinion, which is nothing more then a guess or Hypothesis at best..I cite the source when providing a fact

  • JohnGiam

    thank you to the Cheifs for hiring Andy and giving him final say of personel decisions…Now Eagkes fans don’t have to worry about Howie screwing up the draft and not going defense in Rd 1 because without a shadow of a doubt, Reid will take Joekel right off the board with the 1st pick, and then draft a QB in the second round. is there any doubt? now we just need Oakland and Jacksonville to pass up Star Latululei and we will be set!

    • 1972

      I dont want joekel anymore if, we can get a solid tackle in free agency.

      lotulelei millner or teo in that order. im ready to go all in on defense with gus . I know he can turn millner into a all pro corner.

      I just dont want them to piecemeal this o line next year.
      grab the top free agent tackle and im good for 2013 with this offense

      • daggolden

        I thought the same thing but after some research Joeckel is projected to be the best LT in the draft in the last 10 years. I want defense too, believe me, but they are saying he is that good. Hard to pass that up.

        • Johngiam

          Don’t worry, it won’t be our choice t pass him up. There is no shot Reid passes Joekel at Number 1. NO SHOT!! Seriously guys, there is more then 1 great tackle, and 1 great guard to be available in free agency this season..we have plenty of options to really solidify the oLine in free agency. The only Lineman we need to draft is a MONSTER Cent to give the next coach a choice, since Kelce is so small.

          Reid is taking Joekel number 1, and a QB in the 2nd round..you can pencil that in right away!

          1972…YES SIR!!! LET’S GO ALL IN WITH BRADLY, give him our first 3 draft picks to mold a ferocious, stingy, nasty, opportunistic defense…who’s players you have t murder before they let you cross that goal line, opposed to our secondary this year, that lays out the red carpet for the offense, and ESCORTS them into the ENDZONE lol.

          Screw Milner! Draft Star, Elam, Chase Thomas….Gus can bring the Physical corner Truphant who is a fe agent, with him from Seatle, and then we can draft Truphants brother who is slipping down draft boards…and you know it baby, at that point the only missing like, is MR. JARIUS BYRD! Dude, I have been sooo PUMPED since I found out we have been granted permission to talk to Gus, because I really didn’t think it would happen.

          Yes our next coach is in the playoffs…Can anyone see any realistic targets that I might be missing? Got Gus, Arians, Jay Gruden, and McCoy….anyone that I am overlooking?

          • 1972

            vic fangio from the 49ers, but thats defense, so he probably wont be looked at.Truphants 32 john, i think seattle saw his skills declining. If we get a tall physical corner like millner(which we thought nnamdi was)and safety in the draft, and one more in free agency that should be the start of a strong D

          • johngiam

            Thats why I having been stating if we can get Truphant on a 1 year stop gap deal, just to get us to the next Draft when we can invest in a corner. .We could also then draft his brother in the midrounds. Milner most likely will be a real good player, but I do also get a Morris Claiborne feeling from him…He could be the second coming of Deon for all I care, I still believe that the game is won in the trenches, and one of the top 3 players happens to be a Defensive tackle…star is so head over shoulders on my wish list that I cant even think about Milner…then again, If star was taken off the board and Milner was the pick, I wouldnt compalin. I just think Milner will be a great player..I think Star is a great player that will influence the other 10 members of the defense…Stars my guy, but truth be told…any top 10 talent on defense at the end of the day will do. We need help everywhere lol

  • Mostel

    Hey Angelo, I mean Tim, relax on the Chip Kelly situation. Spurrier Jr. isn’t worth the $ and trouble that Cleveland is getting themselves into. Lurie has been doing this since 94 and knows what he’s doing with the coaching search. They’ll keep doing interviews, narrow the field, and get their guy……….along with the right coaching staff to support him. Lurie will not be cheap and/or rash in this decision.

  • Mostel

    Will you loser Irish Catholic Notre Dame fans please calm down with Te’o. He’s a two down 3-4 ILB at best. Here is what NFL.com has as his shortcomings:

    Weaknesses

    Only average height for the position. Linemen and bigger tight ends have a size and length advantage, can ride him out of plays. Backpedal is high and stiff on his drops. Must prove he has the short-area quickness and long speed to stay with tight ends and receivers in coverage. Takes false steps on play action and misdirection; has only adequate recovery speed. Blunt instrument as a tackler, slips off some tackles when trying to make a big hit. Comes into ballcarriers with his head down at times, allowing them to elude him.

    I cannot believe people want to take a Trotter clone at #4.

    • Johngiam

      Dude get a clue. Some kids just have IT! Some kids are just game day players, who’s attributes don’t fly thru the roof like Jarvis Jones, but nonetheless less can flat out play. I want Star at 4, but I’m Ot just going to dismiss, one f the closest things to a sure shot pro that you can find in a draft, because you don’t like the way his attributes measure. there are plenty of Combine Killas that suck on the field, and vice versa!!! I believe in that kid as not only a football player, but as a leader. if it were my choice, I probably draft Star and then Jarvis ahead of him…but whoever gets that kid will get a helluva football player..and If he has the fortune to get drafted by a team that knows what to do with him such as the steelers, or the RAvens, then watch out, he can become special play for a long time……truth of the matter is, we all have our favorites in the draft, but outside the QB position, any top 10 talent would help this teams current state! I don’t believe that there is a single first round qb talent in this draft…

      • Johngiam

        Not to mention, that until the senior bowl and the combine, any draft talk is just a crap shoot…so go ahead and just scoff at a good kid, the first LB to almost win the damn Heisman in years

        • Smegga

          You are the guy that won’t stop talking about the draft. Every time you talk it’s about Manti Teo or Star or Jones.
          So if someone comes out and talks about why he doesn’t want Teo, just be quiet and let him have his say, we all know you’ve had plenty to say on here the last few months.

  • Kimbafuzz

    Chiefs fans cheered when their starting QB was knocked out. Cheered. I’m tired of middle America fans being held up as some paragon of virtue.