When you think about the qualities you don’t want in the next head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, a few jump out right away. A guy who is stubborn. A guy who was successful early in his career only to have trouble replicating that success as his career progressed. A guy who went to, ahem, BYU.
Does any of this sound familiar?
That Jeffrey Lurie’s expansive search for the next head coach of the Eagles discreetly included former Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick is not in and of itself a bad thing. Performing due dilligence or interviewing as many smart football people as possible is fine. That Billick has quietly emerged as leading candidate for a job? Well, that’s a different story.
Billick reflects much too similarly to former head coach Andy Reid for comfort. The Eagles desperately need a different voice, different direction, and different philosophy–not the status quo.
It’s been often rumored that Billick has wanted back into coaching sincing leaving Baltimore five seasons ago. It should be revealing that he hasn’t gotten serious looks since then.
It’s understandable that the Eagles prefer someone on the offensive side of the ball, someone with a proven track record and previous NFL head coaching experience, and Billick does represent those qualities.
Still, with guys like Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, or another offensinve-minded coach with a Super Bowl pedigree reportedly interested in the job (Jon Gruden), it’s curious why the Eagles are apparently dialed in on a guy like Billick who many believe has seen his best days pass him by. Despite his background, the 2000 Ravens were driven almost completely by their defense and Billick struggled for years to develop a competent starter at the quarterback position.
It’s not that Billick is a bad guy–he’s not. And it’s not that he isn’t a smart guy–he is. And he could very well revive his coaching career if and when he lands his next job. It just better not be here.