Eagles will interview Lovie Smith

Reuters

Jon Gruden is interested in coaching the Eagles.  The Eagles, however, are interested in one of the newest members of the Fired Football Coaches Association.

The Eagles have announced that former Bears head coach Lovie Smith will interview for the vacant job on Thursday.

Smith spent nine years in Chicago, losing his job after the Vikings beat the Packers and slammed the door to the postseason party on the Bears.  Like former Eagles coach Andy Reid, Smith has taken a team to the Super Bowl.

Other candidates for the job include Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, Falcons special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, and Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.

64 responses to “Eagles will interview Lovie Smith

  1. scratch Jay Gruden…Eagles confirmed totally false…Although I would be happy if he took the job so we could find another OC……

    Jay Gruden: Over rated

  2. That would be a downgrade from Reid, but better than anyone else out there. I’d say long run both Eagles and Bears are going to regret making coaching changes.

  3. Lovie Smith is such a nice guy, I wish the Eagles would hire someone who actually deserves all of the flak that their next coach will inevitably take.

  4. He’d be a nice fit for the Eagles. Players will respect him and they’ll play hard for him.

    He’s similar to Reid in temperment so I imagine Eagles fans will hate him from the get-go.

  5. Agree that both the Eagles and the Bears will regret making coaching changes. Both Reid and Smith are class acts and will be more successful in their second stints. Everyone needed a change of scenery.

  6. Ugh. This would be an awful move. After finally getting rid of Andy, I hope we don’t get stuck with Lovie.

    Why don’t teams have a guy who sits at a desk and just nixes stupid ideas like this one?

  7. I say pull the trigger Philly. This guy is a defensive minded coach, exactly what we lacked last season. He knows how to make good use of his receivers and rb’s (Philly has plenty of those). I also think he’ll put DeSean Jackson back in the return game, he’s kinda like Hester. I don’t know what ya’ll think, but I think Lovie is a good fit for Philly.

  8. I’ve been saying we should at least interview Lovie since his firing was announced. Imagine what he’d have done if he ever had a decent QB. If the Eagles were in a division with the Packers and Vikings, I doubt we’d ever have made a SB under Reid.

  9. Hire Smith and Norv Turner as OC.

    I’m telling you right now, if the Eagles or anyone steps up and does this, whoever it is will be a 11-12 win team in 2-3 years.

    It’s makes so much sense, I can’t believe it hasn’t already happened.

    Unless, of course, there is reason to believe they can’t work together. In which case, nevermind.

  10. You can have him. Enjoy mediocrity if you get him, Philly. Because that’s what you’ll be getting. If you like having good defense while scoring no points on offense, he is your guy. Beware, he might try to convert one of your lesser defensive backs in to a half-assed wide receiver.

    -a bears fan

  11. Could this just the obligatory Rooney Rule interview? Have they planned interviews any other minorities?

    I ask because in all honesty no one in the local Philly scene (radio or newspapers) has mentioned that they had any interest in Lovie Smith.

  12. Replace one guy who’s known for his in-game strategy blunders, clock mismanagement, & being overmatched in big games when up against the Big Boys of coaching…with another.

  13. why do they always say, “losing his job after the Vikings beat the Packers…” ?

    why not say, “losing his job when the Bears failed to win enough games to make the playoffs..?”

    Minnesota was 4-2 in the division. Chicago was 3-3. They each beat each other once. Minnesota fairly won the tie-breaker with a win vs. GB.

    Had CHI beat GB once, or not lost to Minnesota, or not lost at home to Seattle in OT… then they would have made the playoffs! And had they beat Seattle, they would have had the #5 seed!

  14. Lovie definitely deserves a second shot. Shame on the Bears for letting go a class act, and a very good coach. Philly would be foolish to let him go without a contract. Just hate the thought of this guy getting a hold of that Eagle defense against my skins twice a year.

  15. Eagles now looking desperate. NO way was Lovie in their original plans…now they are grasping at straws.

  16. Eagles have already satisfied Rooney Rule with the Falcons’ special teams coach. That’s not behind this at all.

  17. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain says:Jan 8, 2013 2:51 PM

    Don’t do it Lovie…you deserve better fans than philly has!!

    Hrmm.. Top 5 media market team… loudest and most hardcore fans of sports… Yeah…. I mean every player that has ever played here claim we have the best fan base and the most attendance for training camps but hey…. what do statistics matter?!

  18. Lovie would bring class to the Eagles that they haven’t had in a lifetime. As a Skins fan, I hope it doesn’t happen!

  19. He’d be a good choice, as long as you find him an OC who isn’t his choice.

    Lovie did well in Chicago, but 9 years of the same offensive futility was enough. That much time was more than fair of the Bears.

  20. Lovie is exactly what the eagles were missing the entire time Andy was here.

    A defense dedicated leader of men.
    He just proved more than anything that he either needs to have a great OC or he needs to strictly be in charge of defense..
    i can see him taking a coordinator position,, but maybe assistant HC.

  21. “He’s similar to Reid in temperament so I imagine Eagles fans will hate him from the get-go.”

    Just wait till he meets the press, and gives them nothing. Or speaks with an arrogant and condescending tone. That’s not going to make him popular, and didn’t make him loved here.

    Then again, if he wins, most fans could care less.

  22. Sometimes, the best offense is a scoring defense, but doubt that’ll happen here since none of the retreads are neither cheap nor young…

    And that’s what Philly’s looking for: Someone to grow with the young personnel, which ain’t gonna happen.

  23. mikea311 says:

    Rooney rule.
    —————————————–
    The Rooney Rule was satisfied when they interviewed Armstrong, the ST coach from the Falcons. Interviewing Lovie could be a CYA move, or it could be genuine interest; either way, I don’t see any harm in giving him an interview.

    With a good OC who is philosophically in tune with him but independent in game management and play-calling, Lovie could be a great fit for the Eagles.

  24. Lovie is a good coach and I think Eagle fans would embrace him… well, until he loses 3 in a row, then they’d want his head. But that’s Philadelphia.

  25. I would really love to know what Howie Roseman said to Chip Kelly to send him running away at 100 mph. Ol’ Chip went from looking for houses on Society Hill to renewing his lease in Eugene.

  26. I’m a cowboy fan so i would hate to see lovie on eagles sideline but he would have that defense tough n go hire him a good offensive cordinator for vick style of play n eagles would a good team

  27. I’m so glad that the failed Spagnuolo / Rams experiment has scared off teams from raiding my Giants’ staff. Say what you want about Gilbride (and believe me, many Giants’ fans do), he has two rings in 5 years and his offenses have consistently been up top despite heavy roster turnover (not one of our 07 WRs were on the 11 roster).

  28. Perfect fit in Philly,Foles is no Cutler,you can have da bum Bears,but bring the genius of Norv and make no mistake about it,Turner is a brilliant offensive mind,and Lovies instant respect,credability and defensive mindset to a hungry and talented team,and despite the cynics,they are both,and theEagle fans will be frothing at the mouths,this time next year

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