As things currently stand, seven of the league’s 32 head-coaching jobs are open.
That means at some point, the Eagles could very well be competing with one or two other teams for the same candidate (admit it, you’d be intrigued by a Jeffrey Lurie/Howie Roseman vs. Joe Banner showdown).
So in this space, we’ll track which candidates are scheduled to interview with which teams. The list will be updated constantly as new reports surface.
One day after being dismissed by the Eagles, Andy Reid is close to becoming head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, according to multiple reports.
Arizona’s vice president of media relations Mark Dalton says that the team has reached out to Reid but has not yet met with him, and that the club will interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy over the weekend.
The Bill O’Brien buzz is not going away. The Penn State head coach is strongly considering interviewing for an NFL job, according to a report. Plus, the latest on Chip Kelly and Mike McCoy.
Mike Nolan is a football lifer. He was a ballboy for the 49ers growing up when his father, Dick Nolan, was head coach in San Francisco during the late 60’s and early 70’s. He has been in the NFL coaching ranks for 25 years, and has served as defensive coordinator for seven different teams.
His resume is impressive, minus his four years as head coach of the 49ers. He took over that job in 2005 and was fired seven weeks into the 2008 season, compiling an 18-37 record (.327) in that time. Given his childhood ties to the organization, it had to have been a difficult pill to swallow.
Now 53 and in the midst of a successful stint as DC for the Falcons, Nolan is hoping to get another shot. The Eagles will be interviewing him this week for their head-coach opening along with Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong.
Dan Reeves, who has known Nolan for much of his life and gave him his first coaching job in the NFL, believes that he is as good of a candidate as there is on the market.
The Eagles apparently like what they’ve seen from the 13-3 Falcons this season.
Earlier today, a report surfaced that they’d take a look at Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. And now, Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com reports that the team has asked for permission to interview Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong.
The Eagles are one of three teams that will interview Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, according to Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com.
Owner Jeffrey Lurie denied the report, although he very well could just be trying to keep the coaching search quiet.
“We’ve contacted no coaches,” he said. “That’s all starting today. There’s no trips planned, there’s nothing planned yet. That’s all to be done.”
Lurie did admit that the team had its list of candidates made.
After 14 seasons that pushed the organization to new heights but never to the summit, Jeffrey Lurie finally parted ways with the man that will be widely considered the best Eagles head coach of all time.
Lurie made it official Monday after weeks of speculation. His press conference, originally scheduled for noon, has been moved to 1 p.m.
“Andy Reid won the most games of any head coach in Eagles’ history and he is someone I respect greatly and will remain friends with for many years to come,” Lurie said in a statement. “But, it is time for the Eagles to move in a new direction. Andy leaves us with a winning tradition that we can build upon. And we are very excited about the future.
“The search for the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles will begin immediately.”
Yesterday, we brought you a report from Dan Pompei of the National Football Post, which suggested there’s “a good chance” of Jon Gruden becoming the next Eagles head coach.
And today, those rumors continue.
Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com reports that teams have quietly been in contact with Gruden’s representatives the past few weeks. And Gruden could start interviewing with teams as soon as today.
Add one more name to the list of potential Andy Reid replacements.
According to ESPN’s’ Chris Mortensen, Penn State’s Bill O’Brien is on the Eagles’ short list. O’Brien spent five years on the Patriots’ coaching staff, including one as offensive coordinator. Under trying circumstances, he led the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 (6-2 Big Ten) record in 2012.
An obvious question is: Why would O’Brien have taken the Penn State job if he planned on bolting for the NFL after one season?
When the idea of Andy Reid being fired became realistic earlier this season, there was one name that was discussed among Eagles fans more than any other: Jon Gruden.
As the weeks have gone by, the attention has turned to others like Oregon’s Chip Kelly, Denver’s Mike McCoy and so on.
But less than 24 hours before Black Monday, Gruden’s name has resurfaced.
With just two days left before the NFL’s firing and hiring season begins, the Saints and Sean Payton have agreed to a new contract.
Here’s a look at how that move affects the Eagles, plus an update on Penn State’s Bill O’Brien and a new name to consider from the college ranks.
On last night’s Birds 24/7 Radio show (podcast links here!), Tim and I discussed several potential candidates to replace Andy Reid as the Eagles’ next head coach.
One name we both agreed is worth keeping an eye on is Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
Would the hiring of Chip Kelly in Philadelphia take Nick Foles out of the quarterback equation?
Ron Jaworksi seems to think so.
“Nick Foles will not run a Chip Kelly offense if he decided to come here, rest assured of that,” Jaws told Jon Marks and Sean Brace on 97.5 The Fanatic. “If a coach like Chip Kelly…that runs this up-tempo, spread, speed-style option, these guys come here, there might be a future for Michael Vick. I know he’s , I know he’s been beat up, but I’ll tell you, some of the things I’m seeing, Michael Vick can do the same things these guys are doing in the spread option.”