Thursday, January 3, 2013

So who's the next coach?

Reportedly former Eagles head coach Andy Reid will become the new head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. This move in my mind make a lot of sense for Reid first off he would control the first overall pick in this years draft allowing him to start to build his new team with the exact young talent he wants. Also, the Chiefs are sending five players this year to the Pro Bowl. RB Jamsal Charles, OLB Tamba Hali, MLB Derrick Johnson, SS Eric Berry, and Punter Dustin Colquitt. Compare this to none being sent by the Eagles and it would seem that the Chiefs are already an upgrade. The Chiefs also have a large amount of talent on their roster with players like WR Dwayne Bowe, FB Peyton Hillis, RT Eric Winston, LT Branden Albert, RG Jon Asamoah, RE Glenn Dorsey, OLB Justin Houston, and CB Brandon Flowers. With all of this talent especially on the offensive line and the defensive side of the ball Reid could turn this team into a contender in a short period of time. He'll have to decided if he wants to resign Bowe, Hillis, Albert, and Dorsey as they are all scheduled to be free agents this offseason although the only one I can see him letting walk would be Hillis based purely on the fact that Reid has historically has never been big on the use of FBs. Additionally, Reid brings his ability to make QBs better then they are which could make the difference for the Chiefs when it comes to Matt Cassel. He should do fine there and I wish him all the best, I'll be happy if he does go to KC if only for the fact that he wouldn't be coaching in the NFC. Farewell Andy.

So what now for the Eagles head coaching job? Reports are out that the Eagles will be interviewing Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Sunday and it makes a lot of sense. McCoy has taken the Broncos to the playoffs in back to back seasons with two very different QBs. Last year was with Tim Tebow and this year obviously Peyton Manning. Clearly McCoy is a man who is flexible and can tailor an offense to the players on his roster rather then forcing guys to play a style they aren't suited for.

The Eagles have also made requests to interview Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, and special teams coach Keith Armstrong. Clearly the Falcons have got it right this season as they boast the best record in the NFC and are tied with the Broncos for best in the NFL. It seems that Jeffrey Laurie wants to get a closer look at each facet of the Falcons game and determine  which assistant coach there has the biggest hand in the teams success.

Lastly it also seems that the Eagles are also going to be taking a look at two of the biggest coaching names in the college ranks. Both Chip Kelly of Oregon and Bill O'Brien of Penn State will certainly get multiple looks from around the league to fill vacant head coaching positions.

Other then these reports not much else has surfaced as to who the favorite is or how long it will take before a decision is made. Laurie has come out and said that he wants to do his do diligence to make sure that the right guy is hired for the job and that there is no rush for him to fill the vacancy for the sake of filling it. He did however say that if they were to determine who they felt the right guy was soon that he wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger and make an offer.  That being said I think Laurie is being smart here as he was when hiring Reid. We all know how great it was to have a coach who made the Eagles a legit contender year after year and brought a winning mindset to Philadelphia for the past 14 season, well maybe not so much in the last two. However, I fully expect that Laurie is looking for his next Andy Reid. He wants a guy who will come in and change the mood of the locker room that seems to have brought the Eagles down in recent seasons and get back to the championship caliber teams that we all used to know and love.

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