An accomplished assistant with local roots is going to become a free agent at the end of the season, according to a report.
A source tells Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has turned down a contract extension with the team.
Pettine has spent the last four years with Rex Ryan in New York. He was a defensive assistant with the Ravens from 2002-2008 and is a well-known name in high school football circles. Pettine’s Dad coached 33 years at C.B. West, while Pettine was the head coach at North Penn for five seasons.
Ever since we started writing about potential head-coaching candidates in this space, many of you have thrown around the idea of the Eagles pursuing David Shaw.
But you can cross the Stanford head coach’s name off your wish list. He’s staying put.
Shaw has received a long-term contract extension, the school announced today.
The answer is of great significance at the moment, given that the team will be in the market for a new head man very soon, and nearly a third of the league may have openings as well. There stands to be a good deal of competition for the top available talent (see: Chip Kelly).
“This is one of the great jobs in America, the head coach of the Eagles,” said Ron Jaworski on 97.5 The Fanatic. “It’s been a down year and last year an 8-8 season, but that doesn’t take any of the luster off being the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s one of the great cities in America. Everybody loves to be a coach in a large city — Philadelphia, New York, Chicago. I know for a fact that there are a lot of coaches that would like to coach the Eagles. There is a lot of glamour to that job.”
Three weeks from today, Chip Kelly’s Oregon Ducks will take on Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.
And not long after that, we’ll find out if Kelly’s ready to make the leap to the NFL.
We’ve written about Kelly often in this space (don’t forget to check out our special Coaching Buzz section), but recently, a couple guys with unique perspectives offered thoughts on whether he would be successful at the next level.
The focus may be on the wrong Gruden.
While plenty of fans are clamoring for the more famous brother, Jon, to climb down from the broadcast booth to take over the Eagles in 2013, the chances of that becoming a reality are slim. But hiring his younger brother, Jay, just might make some sense.
Greg Schiano was asked to weigh in on the Chip Kelly debate Wednesday, and he probably didn’t even know it.
The line of questioning by the Philly media: Just how important is having some NFL coaching experience in your history to making a successful head-coaching transition from college to the pros? Schiano pointed out that his Bucs are sitting at .500 through 12 games, so he’s not sure how successful he’s been. But he made it clear that it was a big plus for him.
“I think the biggest thing for me is I was fortunate enough to have coached in the National Football League back in the late ’90s so I had a frame of reference of what kind of went on,” said Schiano.
Last time around, the Eagles shocked everybody and hired a relative unknown named Andy Reid to be their head coach. We have to at least account for the possibility that Jeffrey Lurie might favor the thrill of discovery over the security of a known entity once again.
Forget preference for a second. Even if Lurie did want a big name, who is to say he would be able to land one? There should be a lot of head coaching openings this offseason, and the Eagles don’t seem all that appealing at the moment. They might be better served getting a young, hungry assistant who is not just promising but willing to take on the hard labor ahead.
With that in mind, we made a few calls around the league and came up with a pair of sleepers to keep half-an-eye on.
The Jon Gruden rumors continue to swirl in several different directions.
The latest report out of WREG-TV in Memphis has the University of Tennessee willing to offer Gruden an ownership stake in the Cleveland Browns.
As the Eagles play out their final six games, here’s a roundup of the latest coaching buzz, with updates on Chip Kelly and Bill O’Brien, along with the search for the next John Harbaugh.