What They’re Saying About Tom Coughlin

Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

With Adam Gase off the board, the most intriguing name surrounding the Eagles’ coaching search is Tom Coughlin, former steward of the division rival New York Giants. Here’s what they’re saying about Coughlin as he gets set to meet with the Eagles Monday night.

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Missanelli: The Last Thing the Eagles Need Is Another “Genius” Coach

Left: Pat Shurmur (Jeff Fusco); Right: Sean McDermott as the Eagles defensive coordinator in 2009 (Howard Smith, USA Today Sports)

Left: Pat Shurmur (Jeff Fusco); Right: Sean McDermott as the Eagles defensive coordinator in 2009 (Howard Smith, USA Today Sports)

Al Pacino once famously said about Chip Kelly and his tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles: “He took a FLAMETHROWER to this place.”

OK, maybe I’ve got the context all screwed up, but basically, that’s what Kelly did to the Philadelphia Eagles. And it wasn’t like we didn’t predict it. When Kelly was tinkering with his culture-beats-scheme principles, the fanbase was thinking either this guy is a total genius, or he’s taking this franchise to the bowels of hell. This season, and the Eagles’ terrible regression, proved it was more of the latter than the former.

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DeSean Jackson: Chip Kelly Ruined the Eagles

DeSean Jackson. (Jeff Fusco)

DeSean Jackson. (Jeff Fusco)

After staying quiet when Chip Kelly was initially fired by the Eagles, DeSean Jackson opened up a bit to The MMQB’s Robert Klemko about the fate of his former head coach.

“I’m a firm believer that bad karma comes back on you,” Jackson said. “When you ruin a team like that, you do things to peoples’ families, you release people, you trade people, you get rid of good players who build something with the community, with the fans, with the kids—to have a guy come in and change up the team like that, I just believe in karma.

“I don’t have any bad words to say about him as far as what he feels he needs on his roster. But the guys that were on that roster created something special, from Jeremy Maclin to LeSean McCoy to Trent Cole to Todd Herremans and myself and Brandon Boykin; it goes on and on and on. When we were there we were a brotherhood. So for everyone to go their separate ways and to see how it all ended up, it’s a very sad thing.” Read more »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

As the head coaching carousel continues to spin ’round, there are plenty of takes to be had on the Eagles’ past failures, and their direction moving forward. We’ve gathered up a sampling of the most notable local and national reads.

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Who Cares if the New Eagles Coach “Understands the Passion of Our Fans”?

Jeffrey Lurie. (Jeff Fusco)

Jeffrey Lurie. Photo | Jeff Fusco

The Eagles are looking for a new coach. This is actually quite a big deal, as it hasn’t happened very often recently. If we ignore interim coach Pat Shurmur, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has only hired three coaches: Ray Rhodes, Andy Reid and Chip Kelly. (He inherited Rich Kotite, who Lurie fired after he opened 7-2 and lost his last seven games.)

Lurie is no Ed Snider. The Flyers owner had the team fire Terry Simpson two weeks after Lurie bought the Eagles and is on his 10th head coach since. Lurie is only hiring his fourth non-interim guy. Lurie said he wants someone who “understands the passion of our fans and what it’s like to coach the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s a unique and incredibly passionate fanbase that just wants to win. You’ve got to incorporate that in your life, in your heart and you’ve got to be willing to do that.”

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5 Management Lessons from Chip Kelly’s Firing

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

In pro football, it’s hard to separate truth from Internet rumor, but if you believe many accounts, Chip Kelly was an arrogant, unapproachable, stubborn guy who valued his system over the individuals working it. Now he’s out of a job and many people in and out of football believe that his personality had just as much to do with his ouster as his decision to re-shape the team with mediocre Sam Bradford and obviously-doesn’t-fit-the-scheme DeMarco Murray.

When Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie used the term “emotional intelligence” in his press conference announcing Kelly’s firing, you had to wonder if that wasn’t a jab at Kelly’s perceived inability to connect with players and staff.

As a leader, connecting with people is your main job. Finding the right Jimmie’s and Joe’s (and motivating them to thrive) is much more crucial than the X’s and O’s. That’s true whether you’re selling software or trying to win games in the NFL. Read more »

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