One interesting question right now is just how desirable is the Eagles coaching job. Sam Bradford isn’t under contract so the QB situation is somewhat open. There are questions about the power structure with the return of Howie Roseman and the addition of a personnel executive to the mix.
In alphabetical order, here are the job openings:
The Saints job could come open. Beyond that, things now look pretty stable.
NFL.com writer Gregg Rosenthal ranked the openings. He had the Eagles 3rd, behind the Titans and Giants.
3. Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles have more overall talent than their NFC East rivals in New York, but the quarterback situation is murkier. There is also an open question about how Chip Kelly’s talent acquisitions will fit into a new system. Still, we were tempted to put the Eagles ahead of the Giantsbecause the roster is stocked better at every level of offense and defense.
Owner Jeffrey Lurie has a good reputation and the Eagles have been a winning organization throughout his tenure. Howie Roseman, who is running the personnel department again, has been at odds with the previous two head coaches and still remains. That’s a bit of a red flag. Patience will be at a premium here. Chip Kelly got the boot despite a winning record through three seasons.
I think that is fair. Tennessee has an elite young QB in Marcus Mariota. That’s huge in building a strong team. The Giants have great owners and a veteran QB in place.
There is a lot to like about the Eagles job, but there are legitimate questions as well.
How can you not love this guy?
Tom Coughlin is out as the Giants coach.
It was fun to pick on him. Seeing his bewildered look when things went wrong was glorious. And his face turned awesomely red when it was very cold outside. The Eagles owned the Giants for much of the past few years, sweeping the Giants in 2009, 2010, 2014 and 2015.
Mike Garofalo wrote a great piece on Coughlin for FOX Sports.
As fun as it is to pick on Coughlin and hate him for being a part of the Giants, he was a terrific NFL coach for a long time. He had great success in Jacksonville, but could never get over the hump and make it to the Super Bowl.
Coughlin did win 2 rings in NY, but neither was a great team. They got hot at the right time and matched up very well with the Patriots.
He doesn’t want to retire yet, but will be very picky about potential jobs. He’s older and doesn’t need the job or the money, but would be interested in the right opportunity.
I’ll miss making fun of Coughlin and his crazy faces. I’ll also miss having him as a high quality part of the NFC East. Good coaches are tough to come by. Still, much like with Andy Reid after the 2012 season, it was time for a change.
Here is a list of RFAs and UFAs.
Sam Bradford and Vinny Curry are the big names for me. Walter Thurmond is a mystery. The new coaching staff may want more of a physical presence. Or they may see a versatile DB that can cover and really want him back. We’ll see.
We don’t know times and dates, but we do know who the Eagles will play. By winning the season finale, the Eagles avoided a trip to London. Instead they will go to Seattle. Good luck with that.
Always worth watching. The KellyStrator from the opener. The hightlights…
Emmanuel Acho got waived/injured by the Eagles recently. But…
Should the team have injuries at ILB, they could look to bring him back. Acho has been with the Eagles for various parts of the past couple of years so clearly the team likes him enough to keep him around.
Roob is the king of stats and he’s got a great one here.
It sure feels like the Eagles have a great chance to hit both figures.
There were a few former Wisconsin Badgers in the PHI-GB game.
Cool to see the guys get together like that.
As the hype builds on Sam Bradford, a bit of humor is a good thing.
Sam might wear the same number as Jaws, but he is lacking in nicknames. Ron Jaworski is most well known as Jaws, but in college and early in the pros he had one of the best nicknames of all time…The Polish Rifle. With a strong arm and a name like Jaworski, that was perfect.