It doesn’t appear that the Philadelphia Eagles are ending their head-coaching search just yet. While numerous reports would lead you to believe that Philly’s search is over and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is the favorite to land the gig, the Birds don’t seem to be interested in rushing.
Hey, why would they? Both they and the Houston Texans are the only two teams that still need head coaches as the Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets, and Los Angeles Chargers have filled their vacancies, and at the time of this story being published, the Detroit Lions are expected to name New Orleans Saints assistant coach, Dan Campbell, as their head man.
Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie stated this team wouldn’t rush to find Doug Pederson’s replacement, and though some are of the impression that Philly might come to a decision about their vacancy this week, conventional thinking tells us this. Finding the right hire is more important than being quick about it.
Put it this way. If the Birds aren’t willing to wait on Eric Bieniemy, you have to wonder if they’re being thorough. It’s not like McDaniels is on anyone else’s radar, especially after what he pulled with the Indianapolis Colts the last time he was being considered for a head-coaching position.
Add a Colts assistant to the Philadelphia Eagles’ search.
Speaking of the Colts. Any Birds fan that’s worth his or her salt knows that McDaniels decision to leave Indy at the altar in 2018 led to a string of events that culminated in Philly losing their offensive coordinator, Frank Reich. Now, it appears that the tables may turn.
According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Eagles will spend a portion of their Tuesday interviewing Nick Sirianni, Philly’s offensive coordinator. Add his name to a list that includes the aforementioned Bieniemy and Dallas Cowboys special teams coordinator John Fassel (he was mentioned in a report by The Inquirer’s Marcus Hayes).
We also know that Philly is expressing interest in Cowboys offensive coordinator Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, Patriots inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo, Eagles assistant head coach and running backs coach Duce Staley, Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady.
There’s also rumored interest in two of the great coaches at the NCAA level, Ohio State’s Ryan Day and the Oklahoma Sooners’ Lincoln Riley as well as yet another Cowboys assistant special teams coach John Fassel. Keep your eyes peeled. The plot continues to thicken at the NovaCare Complex.