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.

So where does the team go now? Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: On Lurie, Gase And Risk/Reward

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

I agree with Adam Schefter’s assessment that the Eagles have been weighing whether to take a shot on a potential rising star in Adam Gase or lean more towards the familiar by hiring a guy like Doug Pederson (or Pat Shurmur). 

They clearly like Gase. He was their first out-of-house interview. Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and Don Smolenski reportedly spent eight hours with him on Tuesday and scheduled a second sitdown for this weekend. All the signs are there that he is under serious consideration.

They have done their homework on the 37-year-old Michigan State grad and are spending as much time with him as possible to try and get an understanding for the way he’s wired and how he might mesh with the other personalities in power. But the reality is that there is no way to know for sure how someone will impact the dynamics inside the workplace until they are actually placed in the pond. It could be ecological harmony; it could be toxic.

The Eagles are particularly leery of the latter coming off the Chip Kelly experiment. 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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Why Pat Shurmur Should Not Be Overlooked

Pat Shurmur. (Jeff Fusco)

Pat Shurmur. (Jeff Fusco)

It lacks sizzle, and that’s part of the reason why it’s being generally ignored. But there’s an argument to be made for why Pat Shurmur might just be a legit candidate for the Eagles head coaching gig.

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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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Eagles Wake-Up Call: What the Players Want

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Jeffrey Lurie cited several factors when discussing the timing of the Chip Kelly firing,  but said the most important was that making the move before the end of the year would allow him to take the temperature of the players before they scattered for the offseason.

He met with them as a group on Wednesday morning, then again on Monday. In between, he sought the counsel of a few key veterans to get an understanding of what was lacking under Kelly, and what was needed moving forward.

“I think it was just more of him just getting a feel for his players and what are the qualities that we look for in a head coach, that we want in a head coach, what are some of the things that we need as NFL players,” said Malcolm Jenkins. “And I think that’s a conversation that not many owners have with their players. I think we can have confidence in who they select because we know they’re listening to what we want, what we have expressed is important to us, so we feel good about the whole selection process.” Read more »

Open Thread: Black Monday; Coaching Search

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

The regular season has drawn to a close, and Black Monday has arrived. Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and Don Smolenski are on the lookout for the Eagles’ next head coach. So are at least four other teams. With more firings come more openings; one of the busiest times of the year is just beginning.

We’ll update this thread with new information as it streams in, so check back here — and join the conversation below — to make sure you’re up-to-date as the winds of change start to swirl.

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