There will be many rumors regarding who the Eagles will select to replace former head coach Andy Reid. Some interviews will simply be an act of due diligence, others in the form of sincere interest. While we don’t know exactly how many coaches the Eagles will ultimately interview, a preliminary picture is beginning to form of where they intend to begin their search.
According to Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Daily News, owner Jeffrey Lurie has asked permission to interview Falcons assistants Dirk Koetter, Mike Nolan, and Keith Armstrong. Apparently, Lurie is impressed with the way things are rolling in Atlanta right now.
There’s no true indication whether Lurie prefers an offensive or defensive coordinator at this point, but the owner did allude to the offensive side of the ball several times during Monday’s press conference. He also detailed the qualities necessary of his next coach.
“It has to be somebody that really has studied where offenses and defenses are going,” Lurie said Monday about his new coach. “Somebody that will not just today have a dynamic approach to the game but studies it in such a way that when the game figures out what’s going to happen with that type of offense, they’re a step ahead.”
Berman suggests that according to two senior NFL officials, the Eagles are heavily interested in Oregon’s Chip Kelly who will coach in the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday. Kelly, 49, could be on his way out of the college ranks with an NCAA investigation of his program looming.
Whoever the Eagles eventually target, the owner feels confident that they’ll get their man.
“We’re in such a different situation than we were then,” he said. “Amazing facilities, a winning tradition, fan base that has just been incredible, prime time. It’s all sitting there. It needs to be reenergized, refocused, and the strategies short, mid- and long term, have got to be the right ones.”