Who Should Coach Philadelphia Eagles?

With Andy Reid gone, the path is clear for the Philadelphia Eagles to choose their next coach.

The Philadelphia Eagles have a big decision to make.

It's a decision that will impact the direction of this franchise for at least the next few football seasons.

Get it right, like when the team hired Andy Reid as coach 14 years ago, and fans can ride a wave of success for years to come. Maybe even a Super Bowl.

Get it wrong and the team could sink to even lower depths than a 4-12 season.

So many names are being tossed around right now about who the next potential coach of the Philadelphia Eagles may be.

Which way should owner Jeff Lurie and General Manager Howie Roseman go?

Find a proven winner? Grab someone from the college ranks? Or find a star rising up the NFL coaching ranks?

The Birds interviewed Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong.

They are supposed to meet with Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy Sunday. And there are reports that an interview has been lined up with Oregon's hot coach Chip Kelly.

Kelly showed a national audience Thursday night just how high-powered an offense he could run as his Ducks won 35-17 in the Fiesta Bowl.

Then there was lots of talk about Penn State's Bill O'Brien. Now that might have been the right move.

Based on what he did under incredible circumstances, O'Brien seemed like a sound choice. (The Birds brass interviewed him Thursday.)

He basically resurrected a program crushed by the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, banished by NCAA sanctions and shadowed by Joe Paterno's legacy.

O'Brien got players to rally around him and his program -- something the Eagles desperately need, a coach who can rally the troops and have them buy in. Players didn't do that in Reid's final year.

Keep in mind, too, that O'Brien ran a pro offense at Penn State. And most importantly, he had a big hand in molding Tom Brady into the elite QB that he is during his time as a coach in New England.

But O'Brien pulled out as an NFL coaching candidate late Thursday, saying he wasn't a "one-and-done guy."

Jeff Lurie took a chance on Andy Reid ages ago and his choice turned out pretty well. Reid is now the greatest coach in Philadelphia Eagles history.

Maybe McCoy could turn out to be that real McCoy. Or maybe a name will emerge who isn't on the radar yet.

The Eagles may take their time on this one. After all, it's the team's biggest decision in 14 years.

Walt Priestley January 05, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Maybe they can find a convicted felon somewhere.
Nabob January 05, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Walt, shut up. Please
fed up January 05, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Great idea Walt! Since Ray Lewis is retiring, he can coach the defense & OJ Simpson can be offensive coordinator. They never were convicted, but close enough.
Peter Hung January 05, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Vic Fangio - DC of the San Francisco 49ers. Pennsylvania born. GREAT defenses. Great NFL experience. DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS. 1984 New Orleans Saints (Linebackers Coach) 1986–1994 Carolina Panthers (Defensive Coordinator) 1995–1998 Indianapolis Colts (Defensive Coordinator) 1999–2001 Houston Texans (Defensive Coordinator) 2002–2005 Baltimore Ravens (Special Assistant to HC/Defense) 2006–2008 Baltimore Ravens (Special Assistant to HC/LBs) 2009–2010 Stanford University (Defensive Coordinator) 2011–present San Francisco 49ers (Defensive Coordinator)
Xavier Riddick January 05, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Jon Gruden .. Someone who will get in the players face and hold them accountable .
sammy boy January 05, 2013 at 07:03 PM
chip kelly, anybody who will continue the losing ways Cry Eagles Cry... On the road to a crushing defeat E A G L E S LOSERS
Ike January 05, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Fed up , you got that right! ha .. Hey maybe KOBE CAN BE THE HEAD CHEERLEADER....... BUT HE GOTS TO KNOW WHAT NO MEANS!
joe lyman January 05, 2013 at 08:20 PM
I like Brian Billick. He has a ring, and would settle down a disfunctional organization. He is a winner ! Good luck Philadelphia.
the VOICE January 05, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Edgar January 05, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Jon Gruden as head coach with Brian Dawkins as defense cordinator ??
Jonmedero January 06, 2013 at 03:52 AM
Jon Gruden, Brian Billick or Vic Fangio will excellent choices as head for the Birds
Sharon January 06, 2013 at 03:54 AM
Yikes...sorry about the camera caper. Sounds like someone got in some deep poo-poo!
Cadillac Man January 06, 2013 at 09:36 AM
First job... Fire Vick!!!!
How 'bout dem Cowboys January 06, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Richie Kotite....lol
Armed Citizen January 08, 2013 at 02:32 AM
Eric Mangini or Herm Edwards.
linen23 January 08, 2013 at 08:08 PM
I think the more appropriate question is when do you transfer the Eagles to the Semi-pro League?


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