Twitter Mailbag: Why Hold the Title Game Against Kelly?

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 @CTel92: Do you get the sense that the Eagles have a preference for a proven commodity (Lovie) or a guy with upside ( Bradley, McCoy)?

The fervent pursuit of college coaches leads me to believe the answer lies somewhere in between — someone who has proven themselves on a big stage but is still considered part of the new wave.

I question whether Smith fits the bill. I think he is a sound leader and a hell of a defensive coach. But he never really found a way to get his offense humming in Chicago, and that has to be concerning. The Eagles have a quarterback to develop.

Jeffrey Lurie has emphasized the importance of landing someone who has an understanding of where the game is headed and will lead the way. I’m not sure Smith is that guy. Maybe Bradley and McCoy aren’t either, but as up-and-comers they hold a certain amount of promise that is hard to generate when you are more of a known entity.

From @SHOOD1970: why for the love of all that is holy are we not talking to Jon Gruden?? 

Not the only question I got about Gruden as you might suspect.

There are working theories out there: Gruden and Lurie don’t have the best relationship; Gruden doesn’t want to step on his baby brother’s toes; Gruden already made it known through back channels that he didn’t want the job. Whatever the case, it’s safe to say that the love affair between Philadelphia and Chucky is much stronger than the one between Chucky and the Eagles.

Someone close to Gruden suggested a couple weeks back that he was on the team’s early list of candidates. But there have been no indications since to suggest that a courtship has ensued. Unless the Eagles are throwing up some major smokescreens, it’s best not to have your heart set on him.

From @brookman_doug: What is the point of interviewing a guy in Brian Kelly, who got rocked vs Saban, and couldnt even speak @ HT interview on ESPN?

I have heard this argument a lot since word came down that the Eagles interviewed Kelly on Tuesday. And for the life of me I don’t understand it. My reaction was the complete opposite: I kept looking at the bottom of the screen during Alabama’s absolute beat down of the Irish, and thought, How is this team ranked No. 1 in the country? You can tell me it’s the shoddy college system or Notre Dame’s schedule or whatever, but you have to admit that it took a tremendous coaching job out of Kelly to get that team into that title fight against that juggernaut.

The BCS championship game was not Kelly’s finest moment and I have no idea whether he would be a good pro coach, but I don’t make my decision off one game against a superior opponent. The Irish were more physically outmatched than they were outsmarted.

From @JesusZoidberg: Do you believe that the Eagles place more of a value on the interview process compared to other teams?

Sure seems that way. At this pace, Kapadia will be interviewing sometime early next week for the post.

“Jeffrey has been very adamant with us that the key is getting the right guy,” said Howie Roseman. “The key isn’t getting the right guy as quickly as possible. So that’s what we’re going to do.”

They are thorough and I can’t hold that against them (even though my wife does). If you feel like you are under the gun than you might skip over important parts of the vetting process.

The coach has to fit with the owner, the general manager, the president, the players, the staff, the city. It takes some time to figure out if you have the right guy (and even longer if a coach you targeted decides to stay in college). I do feel they are approaching it the right way.

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  • Fly Society

    @Tim. As a diehard Eagles and ND fan for my whole life the Brian Kelly interview intrigues and disappoints me. I HATE to see him leave ND but he could be great for the Eagles. He is a no nonsense guy with great game management and understanding of the game. The guy was a defensive player and coach but has turned out to be more well known for his offense. He is very well rounded minus the shoddy special teams he produces. ND may have been over rated this year but imagine they went from unranked to #1 they play hard nosed inspired football(which the Eagles need) and were simply outclassed by a team with superior talent. Give Saban 45 days to prepare for your team and he is untouchable or did ppl forget the shuout against an LSU team that beat them last year?

  • Andy

    Don’t be silly, Tim. Everybody knows Sheil would be a better GM then a head coach.

    • hillbillybirdsfan

      Sheil also has a better chance of getting the GM job due to the fact that he knows more about football than the guy he would be replacing!

  • barry_nic

    I don’t want Kelly. Do you remember 3 years ago the anger the Cincinnati players displayed after getting a farewell letter from him to go to ND right before the school’s first ever BCS Bowl game, taking his staff with him? Now two years later, saying the same thing to ND he said to Cincinnati, then interviewing for the Birds? I’d hate to end up like the Dolphins and Falcons did. This thing smells too much for me and his integrity is purely in question. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a GOOD college coach, but but guys who jump around in that arena don’t usually stay very long in the pros.

  • 1972

    Im all for due dilligence but this is starting to look like indecision to me..
    Why so much hype for retreds(gruden) and college coaches(kelly) the focus should be on MIKE mccarthy mike tomlin type. young, hungry coordinator coming from a winning philosophy. Lets not make it more complicated than it needs to be

  • Johngiam

    HC Bradley, OC Mcadoo, Dc Todd Walsh…..why is this so difficult? Young, change the culture, howie gets to keep power…wtf is the problem?

    Sheil/Tim…are we ever going to find out when Gus Bradley is going to actually be interviewed…or was getting permission and saying he will interview as far as it is going with him? ITs been a while since it was announced that he would interview with us…still waiting….starting worry me!

  • TDR

    Remember – they may have their choice – could be mccoy but they can’t sign him and they are just kicking other tires so it isn’t obvious……

  • Johnathan Birks

    I’m still of the opinion that they really want McCoy, in which case they can’t do anything till his team loses.