The Wild Cards: Leslie Frazier, Ron Rivera and Lovie Smith
Here's where we transition back to the previous statement. The Eagles are seemingly allergic to guys who have already proven themselves as NFL coaches or coordinators. Jim Schwartz was the exception. Maybe it's time to rethink theories. Look at some of these resumes and tell us that you can think of a handful of guys who would do a better job if given the Eagles' defensive coordinator position.
Leslie Frazier is a former Eagles assistant (1999-2002) who once beat Andy Reid in prime time as the Minnesota Vikings' interim head coach. He was passed over for the Giants’ then-vacant head coaching job, a job that went to Brian Daboll. As the Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator, he led them to top-five rankings from 2020 to 2022.
Ron Rivera is a great defensive mind who has led two franchises as a head coach. Also a former Eagles assistant (1999-2003), he has been coaching in some capacity since 1997. Lovie Smith is a three-time NFL head coach who has been coaching since 1980.
All three have forgotten more about football than Sean Desai and Matt Patricia will ever know.
Update (January 24th): The Dolphins and Vic Fangio part ways
News comes on Wednesday, January 24th. The Miami Dolphins and Vic Fangio have agreed to go their separate ways. That should intrigue you as the Eagles continue their coaching search.
Philly would have hired Fangio last offseason had he been available, but their deep playoff run forced him to explore another option. Now, with Fangio a free man and Philly needing a DC, it feels like he'd be the choice. Josina Anderson is hearing the Eagles internally expect him to land with them. If she's on board with the theory, that's good enough for us.