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Report: Five candidates on Eagles’ list

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For the first time in 14 years, the Eagles are looking for a head coach.  According to Howard Eskin of FOX 29 and WIP radio, owner Jeffrey Lurie’s initial list has five names on it.

The candidates are, per Eskin, Penn State coach Bill O’Brien, Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, and Oregon coach Chip Kelly.

All six candidates are offensive coaches.  They also are all white, which means that under the Rooney Rule the Eagles will have to interview at least one minority candidate.  Which will move the list to at least six candidates.

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  1. digbysellers says: Dec 31, 2012 8:40 PM

    I didn’t know the Falcons were interviewing coaches.

  2. dannyreneau says: Dec 31, 2012 8:40 PM

    lovie

  3. tallguyme says: Dec 31, 2012 8:40 PM

    So the Falcons get to choose the Eagles’ new head coach? cool!

  4. howiehandles says: Dec 31, 2012 8:40 PM

    “They also are all white, which means that under the Rooney Rule the Falcons will have to interview at least one minority candidate. ”

    Someone might want to let know Coach Smith that he’s out of a job.

  5. bender4700 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:42 PM

    The Falcons will have to interview someone? why?

  6. pastabelly says: Dec 31, 2012 8:42 PM

    The Eagles must be relieved that the Falcons have to interview a minority candidate. Not great news for Mike Smith though and a head scratcher for Dimitrow.

  7. hbegley6672 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:43 PM

    That’s only 5… Whose the 6th?

  8. azdesertdweller says: Dec 31, 2012 8:43 PM

    Why would the Falcons have to interview a minority if all of the candidates are for the Eagles HC job?

  9. quizguy66 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:43 PM

    Um, I count 5: O’Brien, Koetter, Roman, Arians, and Kelly.
    -QG

  10. jakec4 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:44 PM

    If I’m an Eagles fan I’m not loving that list.

  11. ninjapleazee says: Dec 31, 2012 8:44 PM

    Falcons eh?

  12. 8man says: Dec 31, 2012 8:44 PM

    All six candidates are offensive coaches. They also are all white, which means that under the Rooney Rule the Falcons will have to interview at least one minority candidate. Which will move the list to at least seven candidates.
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    Wrong bird. And some of us get our posts chopped. Really?

  13. mazblast says: Dec 31, 2012 8:44 PM

    I’d steer clear of O’Brien, even though he’s done a great job in his first year at PSU under difficult circumstances. Something about the success rate of Belichick disciples…

    My money’s on Arians, who did a fantastic job of filling in for Chuck Pagano this year, or Kelly. The Eagles did well with a “just a college coach” a generation ago (Dick Vermeil), the magic can happen again.

  14. andyisfat says: Dec 31, 2012 8:45 PM

    Why would the Falcons have to interview a minority candidate?

  15. bluenoser23 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:45 PM

    Why would the Falcons have to interview a minority candidate for the Eagles coaching position? ;-)

  16. bender4700 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:46 PM

    Maybe the Falcons should interview HCs for Philly, may end up better off.

  17. upperdecker19 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:46 PM

    Paging Juan Castillo

  18. realfootballfan says: Dec 31, 2012 8:46 PM

    That’s a pretty underwhelming list. Who’s doing the hiring, clueless Howie Roseman?

  19. N JAIL U MY HOE says: Dec 31, 2012 8:46 PM

    Isnt defense their problem?!? And I bet they slip some $$$ to Todd Bowles and say they “interviewed” him.

  20. irodex says: Dec 31, 2012 8:46 PM

    Michael Vick, you better start kissing Chip’s butt now.

  21. eaglesfaninflorida says: Dec 31, 2012 8:48 PM

    Who is the sixth or do the falcons only have five candidates

  22. rexgrossman8 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:49 PM

    Rooney Rule is insulting as it is lame. The intent is noble but there’s no enforcement for teams to take it seriously. Song and dance for perception’s sake.

    There’s never been a HC or Coordinator that was hired because of the Rooney Rule.

  23. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Dec 31, 2012 8:49 PM

    Shouldn’t Chip start as an OC in the NFL first? He seems destined for failure with this leap. After all, he has only been a college HC for four years!

  24. seeptermean says: Dec 31, 2012 8:51 PM

    “The candidates are, per Eskin, Penn State coach Bill O’Brien, Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, and Oregon coach Chip Kelly.”

    UMMMMM that’s only 5 people, so who is the 6th? Andy Reid?

  25. ibieiniid says: Dec 31, 2012 8:51 PM

    even as an eagles fan, this isnt that big of a story. you could have easily proofread and still got the story out on time with all 6 candidates and not typing Falcons at the end.

  26. bleedgreen says: Dec 31, 2012 8:51 PM

    I’m an Eagles fan, and I’m sure I’ll get rotten tomatoes thrown at me, but how about Eric Mangini as D-coord?

    And I can’t believe Marty Mornhenwig hasn’t resigned or been fired yet.

  27. bucrightoff says: Dec 31, 2012 8:52 PM

    Hate to say it for Lovie, but he’s probably gonna be the token Rooney candidate for a lot of these jobs.

  28. chawk12thman says: Dec 31, 2012 8:54 PM

    The 6th interview must be reserved for the Rooney Rule applicant, yet to be named. The 7th does not exist as indicated on the posting.

  29. bobbyhoying says: Dec 31, 2012 8:56 PM

    I already miss Andy Reid. Come to Jacksonville Andy. The Eagles are evaded back to the Beagles era.

  30. slobmykolb says: Dec 31, 2012 8:56 PM

    Poor mike smith, first rd bye and home field throughout the playoffs and Arthur blank is lining up interviews!!! Lol

  31. denverdave3 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:57 PM

    This just proves that the Rooney Rule is counterproductive. How would you like to be Lovie Smith and wonder if teams are interviewing you just because you’re a “Minority?”

    He’s clearly well qualified and deserves to be hired based on his abilities, just like anybody else. It there are teams who wouldn’t hire him because of his race then it’s their loss.

    I say end the rule.

  32. Cereal says: Dec 31, 2012 9:03 PM

    Greg Roman is going to be a good coach somewhere someday

  33. geniusfan says: Dec 31, 2012 9:33 PM

    “I already miss Andy Reid. Come to Jacksonville Andy. The Eagles are evaded back to the Beagles era.”

    Reid is only 66-60-1 since the Super Bowl loss. He’s living off reputation not substance. Reid lived off Jim Johnson’s defenses and has made one horrible coaching hire after another since Johnson died.

    And the Eagles have “evaded” back to the Beagles era? Do you even know what evaded means?

  34. fatpappy says: Dec 31, 2012 9:36 PM

    Let’s keep in mind that the source of this info is Howard Eskin. So odds are none of these guys get the job.

  35. masterflyguy says: Dec 31, 2012 9:48 PM

    Dirk Koetter and Chip Kelly perhaps but the main reason we didn’t score were INTs and O-line injuries. Compare that to our defense that sucked in every single category, hence the need for a defensive0minded HC! If I had to chose from the list it would be Kelly, add Turner as the offensive coordinator, and a defense coordinator that can control the line of scrimmage with the front four i,e, Giants, Baltimore, etc.. If we are going offense then why not add Gruden to the list?

  36. remyje says: Dec 31, 2012 9:59 PM

    The Rooney Rule seems humiliating more than it is productive. I don’t think a team is going to choose a coach they’re obligated to interview over a coach they are actually interested in. but hey who am I?

  37. chucknorrissinspiration says: Dec 31, 2012 9:59 PM

    Jerry gray will take an interview.

  38. bigmeechy74 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:00 PM

    The rooney rule is so embarrassing and insulting. If I was black I would never stoop to interviewing for a job just to fill a quota when I knew I wasn’t who they wanted and was only being put through a charade because of the color of my skin. It’s just so stupid.

  39. musicman495 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:05 PM

    Chip Kelly = Steve Spurrier

  40. musicman495 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:07 PM

    rexgrossman8 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:49 PM

    Rooney Rule is insulting as it is lame. The intent is noble but there’s no enforcement for teams to take it seriously. Song and dance for perception’s sake.

    There’s never been a HC or Coordinator that was hired because of the Rooney Rule.
    ——————————-
    Uh, Mike Tomlin. Plus every minority coach who has been hired first interviewed as a Rooney Rule candidate for an earlier job he did not get.

  41. footballhistorian says: Dec 31, 2012 10:16 PM

    Junk the insipid Rooney rule

  42. ruthlssjag says: Dec 31, 2012 10:19 PM

    If I was a die-hard Eagles fan, I would be all over either ATL OC Dirk Koetter. Koetter will eventually land a job as soon as 2013, & the Eagles personnel fit his style of offense (minus the QB only because idk too much about Foles). The skies the limit for McCoy, Maclin, Jackson, Avant, etc under Koetter’s system. He seems very hungry to move up the rankings & sure enough, he broke us some records here in JAX (although we never had the personnel to excel like he has employed now in ATL), & he’s doing a superb job with the Falcons. Believe what u want, but I think Koetter would fit the script up in Philly, just sayin.

  43. rocketcrab says: Dec 31, 2012 10:20 PM

    I don’t think Bill O’Brien is going anywhere.

  44. ruthlssjag says: Dec 31, 2012 10:21 PM

    sry didn’t mean to say “either”

  45. deljzc says: Dec 31, 2012 10:22 PM

    Howard Eskin is not a reliable “source”. It would not surprise me at all if the next Eagles head coach isn’t even on that list.

    Howard Eskin….. lol

  46. oldbyrd says: Dec 31, 2012 10:26 PM

    Does Rooney want to coach The Eagles???Ya gotta love it. Hey I got Lovy Smith

  47. sixjak says: Dec 31, 2012 11:03 PM

    I’m ok if Roman gets the job. The 9ers could use an upgrade at the OC position.

  48. eaglebobby says: Jan 1, 2013 12:26 AM

    There’s a story that the Eagles are interviewing all three of the Falcons coordinators on Wendseday; I believe that their ST coordinator is black.

  49. tommyribs says: Jan 1, 2013 12:27 AM

    rexgrossman8 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:49 PM

    Rooney Rule is insulting as it is lame. The intent is noble but there’s no enforcement for teams to take it seriously. Song and dance for perception’s sake.

    There’s never been a HC or Coordinator that was hired because of the Rooney Rule.

    —————————————————————-

    Actually, that is not quite true.

    When Bill Cowher “Retired” the Steelers were set to hire Russ Grimm to take over. But since they were required to follow the Rooney Rule, named after their own owner, they gave Mike Tomlin the token interview. They originally had ZERO intent of hiring him, as they loved Grimm.

    But they were blown away by Tomlin, and his intensity, that they had their minds changed.

    At least that is the story I have heard repeatedly by Mike Francessa on NY Sports Radio.

    So who knows?

    It is also thought that the Rooney Rule helped Leslie Frazier get interviews he would not have normally gotten, and he did end up getting the Vikings job.

    I don’t think it is a bad rule, if it is taken seriously by teams.

    I think the real problem is in the College Ranks, not the NFL.

  50. autoriot says: Jan 1, 2013 12:37 AM

    Lovie Smith wasn’t the only Head Coach fired today. Romeo Crenel was let go as well. Either of them could be the “token” Rooney Rule candidate that you all think Lovie Smith will fill. Also, I am sure there are plenty of other black coaches out there, coordinator or assistant, that could fill it as well.

    *SMH*

  51. ckinthekc99 says: Jan 1, 2013 12:38 AM

    Those candidates are all a downgrade from Reid, just my opinion! Not quite sure what coaches some of these teams think are out there, but so far not very encouraging for these teams

  52. noozehound says: Jan 1, 2013 1:11 AM

    Rooney rule is a joke. now because of this rule every team needs to have a token interview with a token black, hispanic or Asian guy. all it does is put MORE emphasis in race.

  53. phillybirds says: Jan 1, 2013 1:23 AM

    the 6th would be a minority coach. since there has to be at least one. yikes. did people really not understand that?

  54. orivar says: Jan 1, 2013 1:41 AM

    “All six candidates are offensive coaches. They also are all white, which means that under the Rooney Rule the Eagles will have to interview at least one minority candidate. Which will move the list to at least six candidates.”

    Nice proof reading.
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    I agree with Denverdave3 and to change the subject a bit, that’s why I don’t like the whole property rights thing in politics. There is no way in hell I want to be interviewed or even hired for a job because I’m a ‘minority’. I want to be considered because you think that I can get the job done.

    As somebody once said. I’d rather know a company is openly racist then work form and they subliminally are. And before somebody takes it out of context, not saying football has racism I was just applying the context for the common man.

  55. joerymi says: Jan 1, 2013 1:57 AM

    Why is Urban Meyer never on these lists?

  56. eagles512 says: Jan 1, 2013 3:07 AM

    Where is McCoy? He’s the best candidate out there.

  57. cruells says: Jan 1, 2013 6:06 AM

    I hope they bring in either Lovie Smith or Perry Fewell for interviews.. I wouldn’t mind either coaching the Eagles in 2013

  58. mungman69 says: Jan 1, 2013 6:12 AM

    What Falcons? Did I miss something?

  59. hankhillspropanetank says: Jan 1, 2013 7:28 AM

    Koetter would be a perfect fit, he can retain the culture of setting the league on fire during the regular season then laying an egg in the playoffs the eagles are so used to, and that the falcons are mastering.

    But seriously Bill O’Brien would be a home run for the iggles

  60. hankhillspropanetank says: Jan 1, 2013 7:35 AM

    And seriously the Rooney Rule… Come on NFL it is 2013 we should be past forcing employers to interview a minority candidate, if there is a black or Mexican candidate that is qualified they will get the opportunity like everyone else. If I were black and a team wanted to interview me for the color of my skin and not my qualifications I’d be ashamed and would not interview. Frankly it is racist to have this rule, and the people throwing a fit to institute this rule are flat out ignorant

  61. iwantrudytodressforme says: Jan 1, 2013 8:33 AM

    Ok, take that pic of chip Kelly on the article and add a walrus mustache. Then squint a bit. Look familiar?

  62. thebigtim2012 says: Jan 1, 2013 9:17 AM

    Rexgrossman8 and everyone who says the Rooney rule doesn’t work I agree that a lot of teams don’t take it seriously but it does work just ask mike tomlin. It’s not a perfect solution but it has worked when taken seriously. Now my question is does Norm Chow qualify as a Rooney rule canidate?

  63. phillybeav says: Jan 1, 2013 9:37 AM

    I would LOVE Arians as HC, Romeo as DC, and a young, energetic college coach as the OC. As a PSU fan, I hope O’Brien returns to Hapy Valley for years to come.

  64. pinion8ted says: Jan 1, 2013 11:18 AM

    rexgrossman8 says:Dec 31, 2012 8:49 PM

    Rooney Rule is insulting as it is lame. The intent is noble but there’s no enforcement for teams to take it seriously. Song and dance for perception’s sake.

    There’s never been a HC or Coordinator that was hired because of the Rooney Rule.
    ———————————————————-
    Rexgrossman8, meet Romeo Crennel

  65. philahitman says: Jan 1, 2013 4:27 PM

    pinion8ted says:
    Jan 1, 2013 11:18 AM
    rexgrossman8 says:Dec 31, 2012 8:49 PM

    Rooney Rule is insulting as it is lame. The intent is noble but there’s no enforcement for teams to take it seriously. Song and dance for perception’s sake.

    There’s never been a HC or Coordinator that was hired because of the Rooney Rule.
    ———————————————————-
    Rexgrossman8, meet Romeo Crennel
    ——————————————
    Crennel gets coaching jobs because of his experience as a coach on multiple super bowl teams in New England.

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