Report: Brian Billick Interviewed With Eagles

The Eagles interviewed Brian Billick on Monday and consider the former Ravens coach one of  the leading candidates, per Reuben Frank of CSN Philly.

According to Jason LaCanfora, the meeting lasted eight hours and the Eagles left “very impressed.”

Billick, currently an analyst for Fox, has been out of the game since 2007. The 58-year-old compiled a record of 80-64 in nine seasons as head coach of the Ravens, which included a Super Bowl championship in 2000.

The Ravens made it back to the playoffs three more times under Billick but never got past the divisional round. He was replaced by John Harbaugh following a 5-11 season in ’07.

Billick served as offensive coordinator of the Vikings from 1994-98. While offense was his specialty, it was the Baltimore defense that carried the team during much of his tenure.

Billick has been a staunch defender of Andy Reid’s, and has maintained that the Eagles will not find a coach better than him. He took his argument to another level back in late December with Mike Missanelli.

“There are going to be some excellent candidates for the Philadelphia Eagles job that have all the right credentials…the guy you get — and he may very well be exactly what the Eagles need — I’m telling you that with all that success, I’m telling you that at the end of the day, however you want to measure it, he’s not going to be play-for-play, game plan for game plan, evaluation for evaluation, a better coach over a 14-year period of time than Andy Reid,” Billick said. “He may have two or three or four Super Bowls and if that’s the outcome he should be admired for it, but I’m telling you that as someone who measures that on a daily basis that [he won’t be better than Reid.]”

Now, there appears to be a chance that he could be the successor.

The Eagles promised to leave “no stone unturned” at the onset, and have stayed true to their word. It appears that they are in a new phase of the coaching search after early pursuit of college coaches Chip Kelly, Bill O’Brien and most recently, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly.

“There is no question we spent a considerable amount of time and effort looking at who we thought were the best collegiate candidates for our head coaching job. We did so knowing that there was a remote chance that these coaches would leave their current posts,” the Eagles said in a statement. “We understood that going into the process, but we wanted to leave no stone unturned while trying to find the best head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. We have no regrets about the effort we made in that direction and we will continue to proceed as planned in our search.”

Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and Don Smolenski are scheduled to meet with Jay Gruden on Monday and Bruce Arians on Tuesday. On Saturday they sat down with Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who is reportedly a leading candidate for the job.

With all the focus on the top assistants and college coaches, it looks like they snuck in an interview with Billick as well.

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  • Brian

    Whatever you’re selling Rube, I ain’t buying.

  • philly2milly

    Wow. Unexpected but exciting news. I love Billick and think he could provide the steady, experienced hand we need.

    • D3Keith

      Yeah I never understood why Billick has gotten zero burn since the day he hung ‘em up yet people sweat Cowher and Gruden like Gods. All three of them have won Super Bowls, and while Cowher had a bunch more near-misses, Billick and Gruden have also had other years when their teams were good.

      Certainly Billick was fortunate to coach Moss and Ray Lewis, but he also tied his future to Kyle Boller and busted on that.

      I’m not saying he’s my first choice, but I don’t know if this would be a disastrous hire. Certainly wouldn’t be much better or worse than Gruden, who has virtually the same resume, both in coaching and TV, over the past 10-12 years.

      The Eagles need a leader. Period.

      My concerns with Billick would be how connected he is after five years out of the game, and if he could lure good assistants. Maybe being in TV has actually been a good thing as he has studied the entire league and broken down film (he did that NFLn show for a while) on various schemes. Maybe he’s very familiar with the league’s current coaches, but I doubt he has good relationships with many of the young coaches.

      Still, with Lovie, Whisenhunt, Mularkey on the market, the older available OC/DCs for hire might not be all that terrible.

      Billick would have some legendary dust-ups with Philly media though. Lol.

      • Graham

        Completely agree with this…. really wondering what kind of staff he could put together and what kind of network he still has throughout the league. Billick has the experience that we as fans value, that’s one good thing about it. GUS OR BILLICK ARE MY PICKS…… HOPEFULLY I WAKE UP AND HEAR NEWS THAT GUS HAS BEEN HIRED.

        • Johngiam

          Sadly Monday will be spent chasing Jay who doesn’t even want to leave the bengals, instead of Gus

  • johngiam

    Gtfo out of here with these retreads…I just watched Gus Bradleys defense make halftime adjustments and shut down a potent offense on the road puting the Seatle offense in position to win this game..,,yet Lurie think that Billick will be the one man to Buck tradition and win a Super Bowl with his 2nd franchise? They actually buy that?…this is a joke, and now the Seahawks will advance and we can’t even talk to Gus again. This is terrible! This team is gonna mess around and go to the Super Bowl. What a nightmare!!!!

    • Johngiam

      tears of joy streamed down my face as Bryant’s FG split the uprights!!!

    • ACViking

      I just watched Gus Bradley’s defense blow the game

      • johngiam

        THANK GOD!!!!! Had they won. N shot he would be our coach!!!

      • JofreyRice

        Yeah, they forgot to “do their f#@!$#ng jobs”.

  • TDR

    NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! Please no……

    • Pomo

      Not sure what is so awful about Billick. He won a super bowl with Trent Dilfer, take a look at some of the other QBs and “offensive weapons” he had. He didn’t have a decent QB for his duration as a coach there and still managed to win some games.

      2000: Tony Banks Trent Dilfer (12-4)
      2001: Elvis Grbac Randal Cunningham (10-6)
      2002: Jeff Blake Chris Redman (7-9)
      2003: Kyle Boller Anthony Wright (10-6)
      2004: Kyle Boller
      2005: Kyle Boller Anthony Wright
      2006: Steve McNair Kyle Boller
      2007: Steve McNair Kyle Boller Troy Smith

      They had Jamaal Lewis in a steep decline after his 2003 season, with limited offensive weapons. Seriously look at those QBs, that’s horrendous He’s lucky to get out of Baltimore with a SB and a 80-64 record. He’s a good coach and a great offensive mind for the Viking’s in the 90’s. You give this coach a consistent QB even like Donovan for his 2000-2007 seasons his numbers would look a lot different. Just saying.

      • FMWarner

        I agree in general. But it’s worth noting that “offensive guru” Billick handpicked Elvis Grbac and traded up for Kyle Boller.

  • Septhinox

    Well, if Billick is hired, will the “Eagles be a great screen team”?

  • Johngiam

    The only way I will be ok with Billick is if he can get Lovie smith as his DC

    • Graham

      That would be very very very exciting………………

      • Johngiam

        That’s probably the only scenario I could stomach not getting Gus for!!!

        • Graham

          likewise, Really want Gus, just wondering who he’d pursue as OC… Hue Jackson? Cam Cameron? to name a few

          • Johngiam

            Mcadoo packers qb coach…Lombardi, Vince’s relative who is Drew Bree’s qb coach…

    • Graham

      imagine Lovie doesn’t get any HC offers and he opts to settle down and
      be a DC that would be sick, wonder if him and Billick get along

      • Johngiam

        it would only even be plausible I assume, if the HC is a bigger more established name then a howie…the only chance I could see Lovie accepting that demotion is if a HC job isn’t out there for him, and if he is playing Robin to a batman like Gruden,Billick,cowher… I don’t believe that you can consider him if your gonna ask him to play Robin t someone unproven like a college coach or a coordinator…It will probably take a coach with a Super Bowl ring to even talk about Lovie joining the staff as a DC

        • Graham

          Agreed.. don’t see him saying sure I’ll work under Gus Bradley. But who knows what Lovie wants, whether he desires a HC job again or whether he wants to sit back and let someone else run the team while he runs the D….. I just hope Gus is hired tomorrow so we don’t have to deal with any more of these curve balls that are getting thrown this way.

    • aub32

      Keep dreaming! A respected man like love isn’t. Becoming anyone
      assistant..let alone a college coach with no experience. love will have
      plenty of Cush tv studio offers to chill with until he becomes an
      attractive HC candidate. Lovie isn’t coaching our defense..keep it
      moving, nothing to see lol

      • Johngiam

        Exactly!!!!!! And now that there is a candidate who demands more respect then Lovie, it’s ATleast passable!!! When the only candidates are college coaches and coordinators, There is no point in talking about Lovie as a coordinator. if Gruden, or cowher were mentioned as candidates it would have ATleast been plausible…so lol not exactly sure what dome point you are trying to make. Tanks fr trying. It’s flattering that you can recite so much of what I say,..I cant think of one thing you ever said in all your times posting that was worth remembering I guess. hanks for playing…try again some other time lmao

        • aub32

          You’re so oblivious. So Gus has done more than Lovie? I don’t think so. It’s cool though because if Gus comes in here and goes 4-12, you will swear up and down you wanted Gruden and chastise anyone who points out otherwise. I can’t wait to see who’s bandwagon you jump on next.

          • Johngiam

            Dude, there are plenty of trolls around here that you can pick arguments with…If you haven’t noticed, I prefer interacting with the more knowledgable football posters around here, wich is something that not a single person would EVER CONFUSE YOU FOR! Yo are pretty worthless for someone like me,who just wants to talk football. have a nice day, hope you can find some level of fulfillment in our miserable life, then hanging on to words of people that you don’t even know. there are some sad people out the. I doubt you will ever be able to bait me into responsding to one of your, BRING NOTHING OF VALUE TO THE TABLE posts…I come on this site everyday so that I can exchange oppinions and ideas with the countless posts who frequent this site who’s knowledgeable oppinion I actually respect. WORTHLESS TROLLS NEED NOT APPLY…

    • aub32

      Promise you Lovie isn’t going to be anyone’s coordinator after he just won ten games as a HC!

    • aub32

      I just thought I’d remind you of exactly what you said about Lovie being DC when I mentioned the idea weeks ago. LOL your opinions change like the weather.

  • Dan

    Since Seattle lost…offer Bradley the job tonight.

  • http://twitter.com/JBrown99RIP John Intindolo

    NO!!!! He has no idea what he’s talking about and hasn’t coached since 07. He actually said that the Seahawks couldn’t throw to the middle of the field when they still had 2 timeouts left! Plus he couldn’t see that Marshawn scored the TD, and even thought that on that drive that they should have went for a FG instead of the TD… and then try an onside kick! Clueless!! Go hire Gus Bradley NOW!

  • JustHireGUS
  • Logan

    Bad Bad BAD idea

  • Frustrated Philly fan

    This is outrageous. This search has been terrible. How do you interview billick and not talk to Chucky? Pretty clear these guys are more interested in finding a drone that can work well with the fantasy football whiz than actually winning. Hire Bradley tonight and get out of the way (assuming their ego won’t let them talk to Chucky). Btw philly2milly we all know you’re really billick. Get lost!

  • daggolden

    One thing we have learned this weekend. You need a stud QB to win in this league. Kapernick, Flacco, Wilson and Ryan have been unbelieavable. If they arent studs they damn well better play that way in the playoffs. Doesnt matter who is the coach, recievers, defense etc. The QB is sooooooo important.

    • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

      Flacco is NOT a stud QB. The QB is NOT the end all be all…Flacco showed that. Good TEAM is key…Eli has two rings to his brothers one. Come on dude.

      • JofreyRice

        I feel like everyone sleeps on Flacco because he looks like a dope and can’t move if a play breaks down, but he can definitely sling it. Flacco outplayed Manning in that game. Missed some deep shots and had a few lucky breaks, but also made multiple big throws in big situations. I thought Flacco outplayed Brady in last year’s AFCCG, as well; Lee Evans just had Sterling Moore knock that ball away at the end. I think this year’s AFCCG is going to be closer than people think.

        • hillbillybirdsfan

          ‘I feel like everyone sleeps on Flacco because he looks like a dope and can’t move if a play breaks down, but he can definitely sling it.’ – whether you love him or hate him, this sums up Flacco perfectly.

        • Smegga

          I really like Flacco. He’s very poorly regarded, for some reason, but I would be happy to have him here.

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            I’d be happy to have him here if we had a defense like the Ravens or Bears or San Fran. Then and only then would a Flacco make me happy.

          • Johngiam

            How about you just develope Foles INTO Foavco, instead of paying Flacco the gazillions it would take to get a good but not great qb like him to philly

          • Smegga

            I wouldn’t want to trade picks and sign Flacco to a huge contract, it’s too much, I agree.

            However, if we had the option to sign Flacco or Jay Cutler as our quarterback, then I’d hope we’d do it. It’s not going to happen, but I like the two QBs I mentioned because they are big armed pocket QBs who can take hits and get back up again.

            Foles has not got the arm. His passes float too much. Maybe in the offseason he can work on his mechanics and sort it out, but I don’t think he can do it.

            I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t see us doing well with Foles. He reminds me too much of Feeley, a good character quarterback who should be a backup and nothing more.

      • MAC

        Eli is definitely elite cause he is possibly the most clutch QB in league or in top 3. If you deny Eli is elite then beating Brady in 2 super bowl’s does not qualify? Beating Favre in Green Bay and Rodgers in Green Bay to go to super bowl speak for itself. Flacco maybe not elite, but much closer than most give him credit for. He is average all season long, but steps it up in the playoffs. This is his 2nd AFC championship in as many years and he has won a playoff game I believe in every year he has been in NFL. I am not a huge Flacco fan, but after this weekend and looking at past playoff performances there is no denying he is a legit NFL franchise QB. He is not elite, but not that far from it.
        Also your comment on Eli vs his “brother” makes me laugh. Peyton Manning is one of the best ever regular season QB’s. He has a ring so i am not going to discredit that. He does not perform well in clutch playoff situations enough. He has a ring so can’t call him a choker, but the guy goes 13-3 or 12-4 all the time and gets knocked out in playoffs one and done way to often. Peyton has better #’s than Eli and many more passing statistics. I just know hypothetically if I has a team and we needed to pick a Manning for our playoff run. Eli is better option than Peyton and all the records in the world can’t change that. peyton put up 21 points this weekend and threw a terrible int to give Baltimore the game. I know you have said Eli and Flacco are not elite, but all those playoff victories and super bowl’s say otherwise. Sorry but your evaluation of QB’s has been beyond suspect considering you back up Vick to this day that he had little to do with how bad the Eagles have been! Vick could not hold Eli or Flacco’s jock! Vick in his prime was slightly above average. Sorry but your thoughts on QB’s really have been bad. Go ahead and throw Foles out there cause that is all you say when people bash Vick. How many games did Foles win is your favorite! Foles is a rookie QB that did not have McCoy, Jackson, or Celek. It was not all Vick because defense was awful, but Vick contributed plenty to the team’s woes!! His last 2 years here have been very bad. There is plenty of others to blame also. None get a pass from me. Vick is a big part of the problem here for those 2 and half years. Do not try to turn this into a Foles win percentage thing. Foles has played 6 games in his entire career. The fact you compare him to Vick is not even close to fair. It’s also bad for you that his #’s compare favorably to Vick’s #’s after 10 years in this league and an MVP caliber running back in the backfield for Vick and not Foles. I am not sure what have in Foles and if there is a better option I am all for it, but I know for sure that your opinion on QB’s is proven to be bad!!!

        • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

          Eli is not elite. Eli is lucky SOB. Or as someone else put it a football idiot savant. He’s also an example of good team ball.

          • MAC

            How was he lucky in Green Bay both times? Please lucky is your answer to 6 wins in two playoff runs as the wild card seed. He beats Brady twice and not to mention earlier in the year in New England and he is lucky. Good logic. Not elite? Sure that pass to Manningham was lucky. The OT wins in Green Bay and San Francisco were lucky. Vick has been in league for 10 years and has 2 playoff wins total. Yet Eli is lucky with 6 wins and 2 super bowl’s in 2 years. Good logic, sound facts.

            Also to act like you don’t favor Vick in anyway is crazy. During the whole Foles vs Vick thing and throughout this year you have been adamant that Vick was not the problem. He was not the only problem, but was a large part of it his 3 years here in Philly.

            I like your comment about what QB had what QB run for 400 yards. I know you mean Brown, but lets not forget that Brown also was shut down in Foles other 4 starts and if Brown can hold onto ball Foles might have a shot at winning a few more games. Point is your QB knowledge has been terrible. A quick break down or synopsis of your QB thoughts goes like this. Flacco is not elite and if that’s Foles future no thanks basically what you said. While Flacco is in his 2nd consecutive AFC championship game and has won 5 or 6 playoff games in his short 5 year career. If Lee Evans can catch or Cundiff kicks a 30 yrd field goal he beats Brady in New England and is in Super Bowl last year. You say Eli is lucky with 2 rings that required playoff road victories in Green Bay against Rodgers, Favre, and a nasty san fran defense. Two super bowl wins against Tom Brady. Lucky is the Tyree catch, but all the other playoff wins to get there and the Manningham pass on Giants final drive which took his team about 90 yards to win super bowl not luck at all. Finally your last gem of QB analysis has been your backing of Vick which there is no need to even explain. We all have seen him play and turn ball over more than he scores. Then comparing Foles to a 10 year vet in Vick . You talk about the running of Brown and the supposed better O line Foles had. Vick had Herrimans a previous years pro bowl calliber tackle Foles did not. You are grasping at excuses for Vick and there is no reason to. Just the fact his numbers were not better than a rookie 3rd round pick who had no McCoy, jackson, or Celek is enough to see Vick is well below average.

            So after all your stellar history in evaluating QB’s and you great reasoning (Eli is lucky, Vick is just needs etc…) it’s plain to see your opinions on QB’s are generally bad. Sorry but it’s true!! So your thoughts on getting Lovie or that Foles is not good and won’t become good should be ignored bc your track record and posts speak for themselves. Terrible,

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            Once again…I didn’t mention Vick. YOU bought up Vick. And the only reason I keep responding is to show you what an idiot you are. lol.

            Eli is NOT elite. I didn’t say he was a bad QB – his brother is actually the better QB, but for whatever reason lacks the magic in the playoffs.

            I didn’t compare Eli to Vick…you did. I said Eli wasn’t elite and I stand by that. I wasn’t comparing any QB to Vick…that’s something you and some of the others can’t seem to get enough of. But you can keep talking about him. Like I’ve already said..he’s not going to be the QB next year…so why can’t his name leave your mouth?

          • The Guru

            I see your ridiculous Vick comments are being shot down by EVERYONE! BOOM!

          • The Guru

            Hahahaha a guy with two rings isn’t elite?

        • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

          Where did I mention Vick? For folk who want to keep telling me how I feel or think and keep telling me how I feel about Vick though I don’t bring him up is amusing. Everyone else mentions Vick, but I’m the one who is his cheerleader? SMH. Some of ya’ll really need to get over your Vick issues. He’s not gonna be the QB next year just like Reid isn’t going to be the coach. Get over it already.

        • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

          “10 years in this league and an MVP caliber running back in the backfield for Vick and not Foles”

          What QB ran for two 400 yard games? And for what QB? I’ll wait.

          Please stop. Just stop.

    • The Guru

      Like Rodgers and Manning? No you play defense and run the ball.

      • daggolden

        Your right the QB doesnt matter. Obviously every QB cant win genius. But my point is your QB better play great to win. Yeah running the ball means alot in the NFL.lol. I also saw alot of defense.lol. Your so special jacobs.

        • The Guru

          So is your spelling….YOU’RE means you are “genius”. The QB is less important than you think. Look at the 4 left….other than Brady, no one else is “elite”. Or do facts not enter your argument?

  • The Guru

    Well this just ruined my weekend. Every time we dodge a bullet like Kelly, Kelly, and Lovie….they up the ante of incompetence. In fact, this news makes me have to sh#t.

    • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

      We’d be real lucky to have Lovie. Better than most everyone else out there.

      • The Guru

        Yeah a guy who’s made the playoffs 3 times in 9 years. He must be Walsh

        • Johngiam

          don’t you like you are being PUNKED, when you hear fans that have suffered for 14 years of Reid, clamor for Andy Reid lite aka Lovie? Lol I can’t even fathom why any fan would be ok with him as your HC. he would be ok for like the Jaguars…

          • Guest

            Well, you have to understand that race plays an issue in every one of her posts.

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            Yes. Race is the reason. Not that he’s one of the best defensive minds to play the game. That he won 10 games this year and in the East that would def get you to the playoffs. That our BIGGEST problem these last two years have been a soft D. That with a stud OC we’d have a solid team. This is a guy who went to a Super Bowl with Rex Grossman. But no…it’s race. That’s it.

          • The Guru

            Stop it. You’re so transparent. And if Chip Kelly was your first choice, that makes you incompetent too.

            Our biggest problem is turnovers and Michael Vick. Defense was purely a reflection of Washburn.

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            Right. The defense that let go of 5 fourth quarter leads last year. The defense that couldn’t stop anything all year. But Vick was the biggest problem. How many games did we win with Foles in again?

          • The Guru

            How many times did Vick turn it over in his games played? Simple question….

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            How many times did we have a lead going into the fourth and couldn’t get off the field on 3rd down? How many interceptions on D did we have this year? Sacks? How many points did we give up on D? How many dropped passes? Oh and how many games did we win with the new QB? Right. Cause if QB was the BIGGEST problem we would have seen a notable difference when they switched QBs. We didn’t. Try again.

          • The Guru

            See? Can’t even answer one simple question. How many turnovers did Vick have in his games played? Look it up and respond.

            Defense was awful. But, can be fixed by just abandoning the scheme and adding a few pieces. And you can’t seriously be comparing a rookie to a 10 yr vet.

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            I don’t need to answer the question because once again I say..the offensive side of the ball was NOT our biggest problem. Vick could have played EXACTLY like he did last year and with a SINGLE 4th quarter stop in ONE of those Five games and we are in the playoffs not the Giants.

            I didn’t compare Vick and Foles…at least not how you meant. I said we had the same results. And we did. Foles had okay games and with a decent defense he would have won more – but we don’t have one. It’s a TEAM game….short of Tom Brady there aren’t too many teams where the QB is going to completely carry the team and with the success of QBs like Ponder, Flacco and Smith you don’t need them too when you have a good TEAM around them.

            Kap has an oline philly would die for and a good defense. Flacco has that Ravens D. Russel WIlson had a GREAT game but the Seattle D couldn’t make that last stop. Ponder has Adrian Peterson and a decent oline. And so and so on.

            Fix the oline and defense and we have a completely different season(s). So yes I want a PROVEN defensive minded coach who has gone to an SB with a mediocre QB. Of what the current options are…he’s the best.

          • The Guru

            Your refusal to answer the question over and over proves my point. Thanks for doing the heavy lifting stupid.

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            And you keep proving mine. You’re little more than a troll masquerading as a fan.

          • The Guru

            You have no point!! You just keep changing the argument to fit your point. The point is about Vick. You refuse to answer the question.

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            Point was never about Vick. My point was about Lovie Smith as HC. YOUR point was about Vick. But I see reading comprehension isn’t your strong suit either. Anywho I’m done with you. Arguing with Fools and all that.

          • The Guru

            http://www.hookedonphonics.com I asked you about Vick. So the point was Vick.

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            And for the record I wanted Chip Kelly. Since that ain’t happening I’d take a guy who I know can whip this D into shape and work with the mediocre QB – Nick Foles – that we are likely stuck with.

          • Graham

            Ill give you an upvote sir. great arguments and completely agree…. lololol OBVIOUSLY race is in play… Right… nothing to do with Lovie and his defensive expertise

          • The Guru

            Genius, if you read previous posts, you’d know there is an agenda.

          • Johngiam

            It’s sad that Race is still an issue…I didn’t realize it, I thought it was passed us..it the QB and coaching issues show me that sadly its obviously alive! Then again we still see it in our presidential race so why am I shocked to see it in football.

            Don’t want to hear a peep about Vick. he is so bad and OLD that talking about him isn’t relevant. it’s sad when on an Internet blog you can tell a posters race, just by how Assenine their view point is…you just automatically know that ONY brothers support Vick, and they do so blindingly. I’m not saying all brothers want Vick, and my mother is a 100% African American, and I am of mixed decent, so I don’t even see Colors any more..and on sports radio, in barber shops, I have heard plenty of brothers say they are done with Vick…Phil from Mt airy, a well known radio personality I Philly: “Tired of the running quarterback, get me a big, non mobile, whiteboy back there that can’t sit in the pocket and chuck it all day”…. So the last thing that I am trying to say is that all brothers want Vick as their QB. Actually have heard more clamor for Foles then Vick…but I do believe that you won’t find a 45yr old white man, saying that they want Vick as QB..why? Not becaus ethe 45yr old Whitman is against having a black qb, but because he doesn’t feel the racial connect with Vick that his African American supporters feel, which OBVIOUSLY SKEWS their Views on Vicks abilities going forward.. Unfortunately, RACISM is the only thing powerful enough to morph yourself into thinking that Vick is a GOOD QB OPTION at this point in time.

            would love to hear back from African Americans who DON’T WANT VICK back, or from Non African Americans that do want him back!!!…I’m willing to bet that the majority of Eagles fans are rational, non racially driven fans, who just want the QB that gives us the best chance to succeed…If there is a guy on Mars, with Turqoius skin, 3 heads one with braids, one with a baldi, and one with long a di Bynum like hair who happens to be the second coming of Tom Brady,….THAT’S WHO I WNT AS OUR QB!!!

            Im sorry, but I can’t Fathom HOW ANYONE after watching these past two years of eagles football, old want Vick as their QB? I don’t see how a rational person could come to that conclusion. That’s how bad his play has been! So when I hear a fan that wants Vick back, the only logical conclusion I can come to is that the oppinion is coming from an irrational fan, who’s view points get skewed by race. What other explanation could there be for wanting a guy who’s best weapon, speed, HE AS LOST, and still makes BONEHEADED mistakes that you expect to see in rookies making there first 6 starts….yet he is a decade long veteran. how anyone could want this guy is completely maddening to me

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            Funny. The only one talking about race is you. Well, you and Matt Jacobs. My comment didn’t bring up Vick. Matt’s did. I was very clear why I think Lovie is the best coaching option left and him being black wasn’t it. I never made one mention of keeping Michael Vick. I said he wasn’t our biggest problem…and he wasn’t. And one of the reason why I am a fan of Lovie is that he has taken a mediocre QB and had success. And Foles is a mediocre QB at best. But yeah…keep making it about race and Michael Vick.

          • Johngiam

            If its not about race, then why can I guess your race do to your stupid comments, oppinions that I can’t fathom a RATINAL fan having? Enjoy your day!

            like I said, unless you are a 40yr old white dude, I don’t want to hear how you want Vick as the next qb

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            Where did I say I wanted Vick as the next QB? Once again your idiocy shows. I said I wanted Lovie Smith as the next head coach since Chip Kelly was no longer an option. MATT JACOBS bought up Vick. And you and Jacobs accused me of wanting Lovie ’cause he’s black…when I refuted that and pointed out why I’m a fan of Smith you and your buddy went on and on about Michael Vick. My comment never was about Vick it was about Smith and what he could do for our crappy defense.

          • aub32

            Hey dude it’s best not to even try and deal with some of these fans here. You bring up valid points, and rather than debate you on the points you present, they focus on race. Just because someone is black or white does not mean they can’t form a reasonable and different opinion. I once remember someone saying he didn’t want another “rapper” for a QB. If that isn’t race driven I don’t know what is. However, the same fans that rip you for feeling Vick is “not the biggest problem” had nothing to say on the matter. .

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            Yeah it’s become real obvious who has the “race” issues. You don’t bring up Vick and somehow it becomes about Vick. You point our the fallacy in their argument and that doesn’t get addressed. You show them proof of how wrong they are..yet still Vick, Vick VICK. lol. But I have the Vick problem. Vick’s gone the sooner some of these cats accept that the better. I wonder what the argument is going to be when Foles continues his rise to mediocrity if we don’t get the defense and oline under control. SMH

          • The Guru

            It’s from YOUR comments all year….and YOU don’t answer the question.

          • The Guru

            You’ve said it all year long. Blaming his struggles in all his coaches.

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            And really…you want to play the “I can tell your race by your stupid comments” game? Really?

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

            Take the race-baiting somewhere else.

          • FMWarner

            Let me get this straight…you’re calling out racism, and you’re also saying that only black people support Vick because black people stick together even if Vick sucks. Okayyyyy.

          • 1972

            Johns a little misguided here. His frustration with vick leads him to believe that all black people like his play, which isnt true.Im BLACK, and i dont want vick or lovie smith. Not because of skin color, but because of track record.Lovie couldnt get his offense right no matter how many OC’s HE BROUGHT IN. Vick ,for a number of reasons didnt get it done and he gets injured every year and turns the ball over too much for me.
            I know alot of white guys that actually want vick back so i dont think its a race thing.
            The most beloved player in this franchise is BLACK!!! BRIAN DAWKINS!
            Im very aware of racial agenda’s but i think this subject is more about sports and about us not winning.

          • FMWarner

            I wouldn’t call that 14 years of “suffering”. This isn’t a divorce, you don’t have to make your wife look like a witch after the fact.

      • MAC

        I like Lovie a lot as a man and has done a good job in Chicago for the most part. I would not be upset if they hire him, but I really prefer us not to. His game day management is notoriously bad just like Reid’s and he has not done a good job with the offense. He seems like the defensive version of Andy Reid to me. That is a very good coach, but as Trotter said give him an opponent that is as talented in the playoffs and he tends to get out coached he seems more of a safe play team coach rather than an aggressive minded coach. I want a defensive physical ground and pound team here. Lovie could deliver that, but I think he is limited in his capabilities to win it all. Just my opinion. I think he is a great coordinator and good coach, but I don’t think we hire him anyways.
        Billick is another candidate I want ZERO part of!!! Please just hire Gus Bradley! There is a reason Billick has not been hired since he got fired in Baltimore. He has had plenty of interviews just no offers. Let’s keep it that way please Lurie!! Give the fans what they want because we trust in Gus!!

    • Johngiam

      sooo true! Y know I feel your pain! You are exactly right, as soon as I get relief and we dodge a bullet, they hit us with some more absurd crap. like do these inconsiderate pricks not realize that they are giving me heartaches with this crap?…I’m so tired of this regime. They didn’t clean house. Wtf is the point? WE handed over the reigns to a guy who knows everything he knows about football from Banner and Reid! How could I be so stupid to expect better? This is becoming a joke. if Gus isn’t hired by wednesday we are in trouble

      • The Guru

        Great tweet:
        Billick wants a raise from Fox and he learned the fastest way to get one is to interview with the the Eagles

        • Johngiam

          I thought dialing 1-800-ROSE-MAN only worked for college coaches searching for a raise?

          We have turned into a joke…CHUMPS! Why the hell would I think that Gus Bradley wants to come join the Copper standard? Lol…. We are resorting to candidates who are about a year away from full blown Alzheimer’s…lmao This is getting scary!

  • wahoo

    This is turning into a joke. Billick was a .500 coach his final SIX years in Baltimore and couldn’t win a playoff game during that time. He was replaced by Harbaugh who in 6 years has never won less than 9 games and has won a playoff game EVERY YEAR for SIX years. It seems pretty clear that Billick isn’t a ‘Gold Standard’ level of coach. Isn’t there enough evidence of that from his final 6 years of mediocrity ? Why waste time interviewing him, what on Earth could he possibly say that could outweigh the evidence that he is a mediocre at best coach ?

    This leaving no stone unturned really appears to be cluelessness. There is no need for so many interviews. People have records, you examine those. You gather opinions from other people and you make a short list of candidates that you interview and then you offer the job. It’s not complicated.Chasing every guy who ever wore a headset in the NFL and interviewing them is just advertising that Lurie and team have no idea what direction they want to go in, they are desperate, rudderless and clueless. No way to run an NFL franchise.

    • Mr. Magee

      Why do you think Billick is so high on Reid? Because he has mucho respect for mediocre coaches like himself!!

    • Johngiam

      the gold standard!

    • Mike

      The thing that Billick could possibly say might be as simple as “yes I’d take the job if offered.” The brain trust has to have at least one guy lined up who will come aboard if their first eleven choices all say ” no thanks.” At 58 and 5 years out of the coaching ranks Billick may not feel he has the luxury of being choosy.

  • jon h

    have they actually offered the job to anyone? It appears like a bunch of meetings. But seriously, they should have second interviews set up for McCoy and Bradley tomorrow and make a decision by Wednesday. The organization has a history for doing unexpected things, but it’s time for them to either go with McCoy who can mold Foles or see if Bradley can figure out a way to get Matt Flynn here since it looks like he’ll never smell the field in Seattle.

    • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

      They offered the job to Chip Kelly beleive that. He was their guy.

      • JofreyRice

        Absolutely. They wanted Kelly, and he didn’t want the situation. You don’t meet w/the guy for 9 hours to pick his brain. Ditto on Bill O’Brien and the other Kelly.

        This is starting to resemble the move to replace McDermott. They went to a bunch of people that turned them down, and then were stuck w/making a bonehead move like promoting Castillo. We’ll probably end up with Bobby April as the Head Coach.

        • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

          You know all this stems from the AWFUL decision of hiring Washburn and to a lesser extent Mudd. The ramifications of those decisions are still being felt and may cost us for awhile yet.

          • Graham

            Very true, let this Oline get back to the traditional blocking and see how they do then.

          • Johngiam

            EXACTLY! For all we know, guys we view as complete Bums could be significantly better now that they will go back to blocking the way they blocked their entire livest at made them into NFL players, before we allowed Mudd to try and reinvent the wheel

    • Johngiam

      Matt Flynn? How about you ask for someone you have seen play more then once? WTF have you seen that would make us give up a draft pick which we could use for Matt Flynn? I would give up a precious pick for Alex smith, let alone a qb who has 1 good game, with a surrounding cast about 8 levels above what he will have waiting for him here? hanks but No thanks…I will stick with Foles..

  • Mr. Magee

    Why have all the “surprises”in this search been negative surprises?!

  • liameamon

    Please God, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  • noimeanreally

    I’m pretty sure the Eagles have Simon Cowell on their radar…

  • Ray

    Always thought he was a hell of a coach who knew how to push the right buttons. Not the end of the world getting him.

    • JofreyRice

      Pretty much the same track record as Gruden–.555 Regular Season win %, 5-3 in playoffs, 1 Superbowl he won w/ Someone else’s defense. Did well using a vet QB (Cunningham) but couldn’t develop one of his own (Boller). Ugh…

  • hillbillybirdsfan

    If they get around to asking me, I’m saying yes. Sorry in advance if I screw up the team but I could really use the cash…

  • Jerry from Flawda

    Any guy who hangs on to a guy like Kyle Boller for as long as he did is flawed. His, like Andy’s, best coaching days are behind him. He’s a good announcer, he should say in the booth.

  • yatin

    shoot me in the f*cking face if brian “seattle should kick a FG down 6 with a minute to go” billick is my next head coach

    • MAC

      Yesterday’s commentary by him are enough to tell me he is out of touch and not ready for head coaching position. His late game logic and thoughts on what to do should get him in trouble as an analyst so imagine what he would do as a head coach. Oh no thank you. I know he did good before as a head coach but he is out of touch or something. Those comments and analysis are bad ideas for a 7th grader.

  • Tim Greene

    Billick isn’t even competent enough to be an NFL commentator anymore and the Eagles are considering him for their head coach……just say no!

  • metaReign

    Many of us view coaches who’ve been away from the league for some time, as a degenerative efficacies after a long hiatus.

    While part of it is true, the differences is the rest of the coaching staffs. How much are the trends those assistance coaches throughout the league, continue to evolve into the modernization of the game.

    Dick Vermeil is the exception, if not the standard to coaches coming back into the league and try their wits once again. He took 2 teams down the Lombardi lane, after a decade away from the game. He was never in the game as a commentator, yet, he kept up with the trends as assistance coaches came and went. It didn’t make him great, he chose wisely for his coaching staffs, they have moved on with other teams, out of the league from high school to the college ranks.

    Vermeil was the epitome in setting out that coaches who have been away from the game for a long while, could come back into the speed of the game and perhaps hoist the Lombardi, one day.

    We all know that the NFL are always changing each and every year, down to coaches to drafting players to the free agents. Even in the front office.

    Each owners of the team will always find what is best for the organization and set a new trend to move on with. Sometimes, with little to no success. Perhaps in the rarest moment, a gem among the rocks. It takes scrutinizing break downs, when it comes to interviewing candidates and experience to pick the right choice at the expense of the company.

    I hope that whomever they choose, becomes the gem of coaches in the long run. And we might have that at the top of the list, but we won’t know until it’s a done deal. After that who will be the coordinators, and assistances. Who in the locker room stays and goes, then the first preseason games begins.

  • aub32

    and that’s based on what? It’s easy to name call, but how about bringing something meaningful to discuss. Just calling names doesn’t prove you’re more knowledgeable about football.