Wake-Up Call: Will the Eagles Have To Settle?

Jeffrey Lurie. (Jeff Fusco)

Jeffrey Lurie. (Jeff Fusco)

The day after Jeffrey Lurie fired Chip Kelly on a Tuesday night with one game left in the season, the Eagles owner said he wanted to give his team an advantage over other franchises who would seek a new head coach.

“I wanted to get a jump start on our head coaching search and I knew already what we were going to do,” Lurie said. “I thought having six extra days was pretty important, because as you know, it’s a chaotic, rushed schedule when you’re looking for a head coach.”

From the outside looking in, however, it doesn’t appear that head start did the Eagles any good. Seventeen days removed from the Kelly firing, Lurie is down to four candidates whom the team confirmed they interviewed. Read more »

Master List: Eagles Coaching Tracker

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Since the Eagles fired Chip Kelly, rumors have swirled and reports have circulated about his replacement. To keep all of the information we’ve gathered organized in one place, we created the master list below.

We only included candidates who the Eagles reportedly have interest in, not people like Hue Jackson or Sean McDermott who some say it’d make sense for them to be looking at. There are also a few names who the Eagles reportedly plan to interview, but we won’t check off that last column until the interview has a specific timeframe or has occurred. 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.

A few things to consider: Read more »

Report: Eagles Schedule Shurmur, Gase Interviews

Pat Shurmur. (Jeff Fusco)

Pat Shurmur. (Jeff Fusco)

The Eagles will interview Pat Shurmur on Monday and Adam Gase on Tuesday as they search for their next head coach. The news was first reported by Chris Mortensen.

Shurmur is fresh off his only game as the Eagles head coach, as Philadelphia topped New York, 35-30, in their season finale. After the game, Sam Bradford said he hopes the Eagles give Shurmur “serious consideration.” Gase’s Bears, meanwhile, lost to the Lions and fell to 6-10.  Read more »

Bradford: ‘I Hope [Shurmur] Gets Serious Consideration’

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Pat Shurmur. (USA Today Sports)

With coaching rumors swirling in the wake of the Eagles’ firing of Chip Kelly, including an interview already conducted with running backs coach Duce Staley, the idea of Pat Shurmur being interviewed has already circulated.

Shurmur was asked about the possibility during his first press conference as interim head coach on Wednesday, but he said he was focused on the Giants game. After the win, he was asked again — in many different ways — whether he might be interested in becoming the head coach of an organization he has spent 13 years with.

He said he just wanted to take a shower, get back to Philadelphia, and see his family before Monday’s exit interviews with the team. But when asked if he might have an interview lined up with Jeffrey Lurie and the Eagles, he let slide a quick response that may have shown his hand. Read more »

Eagles Interview Duce Staley For Coaching Job

Duce Staley. (Jeff Fusco)

Duce Staley. (Jeff Fusco)

The Eagles interviewed Duce Staley for the head coaching vacancy yesterday, a source confirmed to Birds 24/7’s Tim McManus. The news was first reported by Ed Werder.

Staley has been the Eagles running backs coach since 2013, when he was elevated from being the special teams quality control coach after Chip Kelly was hired. Prior to his two years in that role, Staley was a coaching intern in Philadelphia in 2010. He also played for the Eagles from 1997 to 2003, before joining the Steelers for three seasons. Read more »

Pat Shurmur Calls Kelly Firing ‘Very Unfortunate’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Jeffrey Lurie called Pat Shurmur down to his office on Tuesday afternoon, shortly after meeting with Chip Kelly to inform the Eagles’ former head coach he was being let go.

News of Kelly’s firing hadn’t yet traveled to Shurmur’s ear; he was confused by why he was being called down to Lurie’s office.

“It’s not very often you get called down to the owner’s office,” Shurmur said Thursday.

Shurmur walked into Lurie’s office and didn’t seem to be cued in on the news.

“He said, ‘Well, you haven’t heard, have you?'” Shurmur said. “I said, “No, I haven’t.” Then he told me he had let Coach Kelly go.”

Lurie asked Shurmur if he would be the interim head coach for the team’s final week and game, against the Giants this Sunday, and Shurmur agreed.

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Billy Davis Confident He’ll Be Back Next Year

Billy Davis. (Jeff Fusco)

Billy Davis. (Jeff Fusco)

After a historically bad stretch of defense helped lock the Eagles out of the playoffs for the second straight year, Billy Davis‘ job security is tenuous.

Before Tuesday’s practice, Davis was asked if he believes he’ll be back next season to help the team fix its woe begotten defense.

“I am, yes,” Davis said, when asked if he’s confident he will return.

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