Schefter Handicaps McAdoo As Favorite For Eagles Job

Ben McAdoo. (USA Today Sports)

Ben McAdoo. (USA Today Sports)

Adam Schefter isn’t so sure that Doug Pederson is the favorite to land the Eagles head coaching gig. In his mind, Ben McAdoo is.

Appearing on the 97.5 the Fanatic Morning Show, the ESPN analyst had this to say about the Eagles coaching search, which looks to be coming down the home stretch:

“I don’t know that [Pederson]’s the front-runner. I know that he’s square in contention for that job, I know they really like him. In my mind, my sense — these are just senses — is that Ben McAdoo is the front-runner. But I don’t know that to be right. I think Pederson and McAdoo both are square in the conversation,” he said.

“I think Tom Coughlin‘s interview went well. You can’t meet with him and not be impressed by the coach and man he is. But ultimately, as good and as impressive as he is, I just think the Eagles’ model here is to find someone that they can work with for the next 10 to 15 years and I don’t think Tom Coughlin fits that description as good of a coach as he is…

“Maybe even Pat Shurmur would be in consideration because he is a very good football coach. But to me, I would handicap McAdoo as the favorite for whatever that’s worth and we’ll see if that’s proven right.”

The Eagles interviewed  McAdoo on Thursday before sitting down with his former boss, Coughlin, on Monday. The 38-year-old spent the last two seasons as the Giants offensive coordinator. Prior to that he was an assistant in Green Bay for eight years, first as a tight ends coach before moving over to quarterbacks.

When it was suggested to Schefter that the Giants would love to have McAdoo back as offensive coordinator to pair with a new head coach, such as Doug Marrone, Schefter replied, “I think they’d be very happy, too, but we’ll see if they can pull that off and what Philadelphia has to say about that.”

You can listen to the interview here.