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Eagles undeterred by failed effort to lure college coach

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As the Eagles press “reset” again on their coaching search, they’re not surprised by where they currently are — and they’re undeterred by their failure to persuade one of three college coaches to seriously consider the job.

Per a source with knowledge of the search, the Eagles are precisely where they suspected they would be after 12 days of their search.  They knew that Penn State coach Bill O’Brien had a significant buyout, they realized that Chip Kelly would be pushed to stay at Oregon and try to win a national title, and they didn’t spend enough time with Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly to know whether he’d leave Notre Dame.  Besides, most of the NFL assistant coaches in which they’re interested aren’t available to be hired because their teams are still alive, like Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.

Still, the feeling is that the Eagles swung and missed with three separate college coaches.  Even if they didn’t believe any of them would make the jump, talking to them and having them announce they’re staying in college creates the impression that the candidates affirmatively chose not to choose the Eagles.

Though it’s unclear why the Eagles looked initially at college coaches, there’s a concern in some NFL circles that owner Jeffrey Lurie and G.M. Howie Roseman are regarded as too close, that Roseman is running the personnel department despite not being a traditional “football guy,” and that Roseman will be insulated from blame if the next coach fails to turn the team around.  Fair or not, that perception could make it more challenging to attract coaches with options — unless the Eagles end up offering a lot more money than the other teams still looking for head coaches.

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56 Responses to “Eagles undeterred by failed effort to lure college coach”
  1. themanchine says: Jan 12, 2013 10:18 PM

    So they suck? Cool with me.

  2. irishking says: Jan 12, 2013 10:21 PM

    Too bad Eagles.

  3. phillyphever says: Jan 12, 2013 10:22 PM

    “Though it’s unclear why the Eagles looked initially at college coaches, there’s a concern in some NFL circles that owner Jeffrey Lurie and G.M. Howie Roseman are regarded as too close, that Roseman is running the personnel department despite not being a traditional “football guy,” and that Roseman will be insulated from blame if the next coach fails to turn the team around.”

    Oh not from us. Lurie knows by now we’re not exactly in a good mood towards him and Roseman. If the next hire fails, he’s gonna have to sell the team or face a major hit on the wallet.

  4. joenash72 says: Jan 12, 2013 10:23 PM

    Maybe if they offer enough money, they could get an established NFL coach. Maybe try and outbid Kansas City for Andy Reid, he has some experience……Oh wait…

  5. dolphins4 says: Jan 12, 2013 10:36 PM

    Don’t forget the Eagles are the Gold Standard.

  6. The Shoeman says: Jan 12, 2013 10:43 PM

    Or maybe the always go to:
    ” Per a source with knowledge ” is just plain wrong . . when you get your info.

  7. thekingdave says: Jan 12, 2013 10:43 PM

    The horse has been beaten, waterboarded, incinerated, and dragged through the street.

  8. tigrrrr says: Jan 12, 2013 10:45 PM

    what an organization… first they buy into that mess called vick, then they cant get out of their own way and get a coach… lol

  9. Land Snark says: Jan 12, 2013 10:48 PM

    They’re biding their time until one of the assistants on the playoff teams loses and becomes available.

    Honestly it makes no sense to go chasing after these college coaches though. There’s little to no guarantee they’d pan out.

    Maybe Lurie and Roseman think they’d want less power and be grateful for a job in the NFL.

  10. Deb says: Jan 12, 2013 10:50 PM

    For some reason, I’m beginning to picture Jeffrey Lurie using his best Ben Stein/Ferris Bueller voice just standing in his office saying, “Andy. Andy. Andy.”

  11. logica1voicesays says: Jan 12, 2013 10:52 PM

    Eagles are competing with the Redskins for longest offseason

  12. tatum064 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:02 PM

    Maybe waiting for Greg Roman or Gruden.

  13. rajbais says: Jan 12, 2013 11:04 PM

    Roseman is not a football guy!!!

    Lurie should’ve got one in Week 15 of the season of after the Bengals loss.

    I hate to say this, but this will be a rough 4 years for Philly.

    All because of Howie.

  14. thesmedman says: Jan 12, 2013 11:13 PM

    E – stablish


    G – ameplan

    L – urie to

    E – stablish

    S – tability.

    Hire an experienced pro GM with football experience. This has to be job number one.

    Hire a HC with pro HC, coordinator experience, or who has tangible pro experience. Quit fooling with these college coaches who are clearly only college coaches.

    Lovie Smith, Jim Haslett, Ken Whisenhunt, Gus Bradley, Mike Nolan, Herm Edwards, Ron Jaworski, prime pro candidates. Unless you are so sold on Bradley or Nolan or McCoy, name the guy this weekend AFTER you’ve reassigned Roseman. Need to get moving on next year planning. Otherwise, need to start thinking about appointing someone short term and wait until next year or so for a better candidate.

    Keep your press conference short and sweet. Give the Philadelphia media enough to satisfy their high-brow needs and that’s it. Then get out of the way and let the true football ppl do what they have to, starting with releasing Vick.

    Longer term: you have a serious PR problem. Hire one of the politically connected firms to help you do that.

    Sell one or two percent of the team to a partner and let the partner be the face of the team (i.e., Phillies and Monty and Giles) since you are toxic politically for the organization.

  15. zimaman says: Jan 12, 2013 11:14 PM

    If they hang in there just a little longer Rex Ryan might become available.

  16. ballboy48 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:19 PM

    And people thought Banner was the problem the whole time. I think the owner may be the real issue here.

  17. larrybrown43 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:19 PM

    You never, ever want to take this long. A new guy needs to be in there looking at film of the team to evaluate personal and get ready for the draft. They’re making it hard to be successful next year.

  18. upperdecker19 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:50 PM

    Next up….Patches O’Houlihan

  19. rosmith51 says: Jan 13, 2013 12:03 AM

    I know it’s hard to believe here an the “Eagles don’t have a head coach channel”… but there are 4 other teams that also don’t have a head coach yet.

  20. stercuilus65 says: Jan 13, 2013 12:10 AM

    why did they want this guy anyway? Was it his brillant coaching last week?

  21. dan39564 says: Jan 13, 2013 12:11 AM

    What is the matter, I guess Joe Kuharich, Rich Kotite, or Ray Rhodes aren’t available!

  22. santamoss says: Jan 13, 2013 12:13 AM

    Kelly may get some more money after his dance with Philly, but it also cost him a 4 star LB commit who said his interview caused him to jump ship to Florida.

  23. st0n3r78 says: Jan 13, 2013 12:14 AM

    What coach with any chance of success would want to work for Howie? I believe that with him being a Banner student that he got too much from Lurie and that it actually had a lot to do with Philly’s downfall the past 2 seasons. I think Reid was losing his powers in Philly and that is what drove the team in the ground.

  24. skinsfaninnebraska says: Jan 13, 2013 12:28 AM

    Coaches may be reluctant to go work for someone who would fire Andy Reid, and it’s hard to blame them for thinking that way.

  25. defscottyb says: Jan 13, 2013 12:41 AM

    Haha, nobody wants to coach the Eagles. Their owner is notoriously cheap.

  26. patssteelersorgiants says: Jan 13, 2013 12:44 AM

    Howie wants a college coach so he can manipulate him. A real NFL coach knows Howie knows nothing about football and shouldn’t be a GM.

  27. gooch2011 says: Jan 13, 2013 12:51 AM


    “We were told earlier today that, if the Eagles don’t get Brian Kelly, it’s unclear what they’ll do.”

    “Per a source with knowledge of the search, the Eagles are precisely where they suspected they would be after 12 days of their search. ”

    And a third source said……

    Great Reporting?!?!?

  28. haterswelcomed says: Jan 13, 2013 12:51 AM

    BoB -Bradley or Bust

  29. jfenn98 says: Jan 13, 2013 12:55 AM

    The bottom line is that G.M. Howie Roseman is to insecure to hire a proven coach at the NFL level because he not yet a proven G.M. Howie will not reach out to successful coaches as Cower, Gruden or Billick because they would just tell him to shut his mouth and sit in the back of the class where he belongs. Everyone knows this…except maybe the OWNER.

  30. geo1113 says: Jan 13, 2013 1:00 AM

    When all is said and done, the Eagles will have a coach. It doesn’t matter if he is their first, second or fourteenth choice. What will matter is the results he has over the next 3 or four years.

  31. timasahh says: Jan 13, 2013 1:18 AM

    There’s still nothing to suggest the Eagles have hit reset, have failed, or anything else that you have been reporting these past few days. There’s no evidence they’ve given anyone offers, or had any offers turned down. They never called anyone else in for a second interview. The front office even said it themselves they didn’t interview these college coaches with any real expectations, and thought that most of them would return to their NCAA teams. Hell, this article even says that they’re right where they expected to be. It’s not so much a swing and a miss at these coaches, more like eying up the pitch and letting it go past for a ball.

    Aside from that, the Eagles are one of a number of teams who still have a coaching vacancy, and as of this morning there were still 8 teams in the playoffs with tremendous coaches and position coaches that may be viable options, or even the favorite option, by the Eagles front office. Lurie himself said that they wanted to find the right man in his post-season conference to the media, and said they would do their due diligence to check every available outlet before making what they feel is the right decision.

    There is no panic here. There is no failure by the Eagles. They are doing what they said they would be doing and what five other teams are currently doing. The best names are still out there, and everyone needs to stop making a big deal of this non-story. They will hire a coach when they hire a coach.

  32. joe3001 says: Jan 13, 2013 1:24 AM

    Prediction for the Eagles:

    Head Coach – Gus Bradley

    Offensive Coordinator – Ken Whisenhunt

    Defensive Coordinator – Dick Jauron

  33. cooklynn17 says: Jan 13, 2013 1:30 AM

    Dream Team…


    Dumpster Fire…

    Only one really applies.

  34. bobbybudnick says: Jan 13, 2013 3:30 AM

    Of course they are undetered. What else are they going to do? Just give up the search and play the season without a coach?

  35. sjoyner59 says: Jan 13, 2013 3:51 AM

    Its a blessing because Lurie and Howie are beyond clueless,lets get Gus Bradley in here to build a real defense.This teams philosophy of small quick o&d lineman when the rest of the league are getting big physical players is something i will never understand.This team has so many needs right now that in the draft take the best player on the board regardless of position because they need EVERYTHING !

  36. fuglyflorio says: Jan 13, 2013 5:42 AM

    The Eagles management should be forced to dress as clowns … and drive paisley Volkswagons.

  37. doriangray927 says: Jan 13, 2013 6:36 AM

    They reportedly also planned to interview Syracuse coach Doug Marrone before the Bills snatched him up. Almost like -4- college swings and misses.

    Go with Lovie or one of the Gruden brothers. I’m sure all would be forgotten at that point.

  38. bjs79 says: Jan 13, 2013 7:02 AM

    I can’t wait to hear the front office spin when they finally hire somone saying how they got “their guy.”

  39. mikeyhigs says: Jan 13, 2013 7:36 AM

    Roseman is a detriment to the Eagles organization. He is unwilling to consider any candidates who may pose a threat to Howie’s power. He’s like a slimy politician looking out for himself more than the team.

  40. johnnyhambone says: Jan 13, 2013 7:49 AM

    the eagles are going after the wrong college coaches, Roseman needs to give Mark Mangino an interview, offer Mangino the job as the new head coach of the philadelphia eagles.

  41. bfatconservative says: Jan 13, 2013 7:52 AM

    B. Kelley is thanking the Eagles organization right now. He got paid son!

  42. samueld19 says: Jan 13, 2013 8:35 AM

    Isn’t it possible that the Eagles really did think all college coaches would use them like that, and that there still might be a guy they really want (Bradley)? I’m pretty sure everyone knocking the Eagles managent really has no clue what’s going on behind the scenes. But then again, what do I know? I’m just a fan!

  43. jp4120 says: Jan 13, 2013 8:47 AM

    Lurie and Roseman are a joke. they don’t realize how unappealing this Eagles job is to most coaches.

    Why would anyone good want to come here and have Howie Roseman picking the players….but with a confusing spin by Lurie that the head coach will also have input….blah, blah, blah

    Hard to be an Eagles fan these days..

  44. watchfullhose says: Jan 13, 2013 8:52 AM

    Who would want to go to that dysfunctional organization. Instead of waiting til the end on the season, they fired a new guy each week,’thus ensuring NO one could succeed.

  45. tsutor88 says: Jan 13, 2013 8:55 AM

    I gotta Mandingo expert that figures this stuff out for me

  46. bluebongzilla says: Jan 13, 2013 9:17 AM

    Don’t be silly. I have it on high authority that Philly is considered “the place to be” in the NFL and the Eagles are the most attractive franchise in terms of it’s ability to draw not only top-quality free agent players, but top coaches as well.

  47. jfenn98 says: Jan 13, 2013 9:43 AM

    The bottom line is that G.M. Howie Roseman is to insecure to hire a proven coach at the NFL level because he not yet a proven G.M. Everyone knows this…

  48. ubepunkedagain says: Jan 13, 2013 10:06 AM

    Eagles make me laugh. Dream Team Baby!!

  49. aholland00 says: Jan 13, 2013 10:26 AM

    I can’t believe some of these comments. First of all..the Lurie is not cheap…he has paid players, coaches and front office very well.
    Next, Andy was the one firing assorted coaches this year and not the front office.
    Also, Howie Roseman has been in the league since 2000 and is HIGHLY thought of throughout the NFL.
    And as for coaches….none of the real reporters that know people inside the Eagles have said they were ready to sign any of these college coaches. It’s not possible to sign a coach when his team is still in the playoffs so relax. It’s better to wait and get the right guy rather then just hurry up and sign someone.

  50. phillyfan21 says: Jan 13, 2013 10:33 AM

    Relax everyone. Most HC vacancy’s are not filled till after mid January once some teams are eliminated from the playoffs.

    I believe they really wanted Chip Kelley based on the reported 9hr interview. Obviously Kelley was not that hot to jump to the NFL or he would have done so. O’brien was never going anywhere because of the large buyout. How much could they have interviewed the ND coach, it is reported they talked after the game on Monday but by all indications it was not a detailed intense interview.

    Now that some teams are done for the season we will start to see where the Eagles real interest lie. McCoy is now available as is Clements and MacAdoo from Breen Bay. After today either Nolan, Armstrong or Bradley will be also. Thats when it gets interesting!

  51. teedraper says: Jan 13, 2013 10:39 AM

    Who wants to coach there with a fantasy football front office & the worst fans in sports history. Wake up Eagles!

  52. ojdiddoit says: Jan 13, 2013 12:17 PM

    Two head coaches in 20 years as owner…I will trust Luries judgement on this one

  53. bleedgreen11 says: Jan 13, 2013 12:48 PM

    way to delete my comment, schoolboy blogger.

    Why would the Eagles just sit around and do nothing while they wait for others to become available? Interview everyone and everything. I love that Lurie is not rushing into a decision.

    Bill O’Brien – not ready to lead an NFL team
    Chip Kelly – Gimmick offense is a gamble. King in Oregon. I’m an Eagles homer and I wouldn’t leave O for Philly.
    Brian Kelly – Terrible coach who got outcoached hard in the biggest game of his life… sound familiar? Add in the fact that he is a quitter and thank God he didn’t sign with the Eagles.

  54. bluebongzilla says: Jan 13, 2013 5:42 PM

    “Howie Roseman has been in the league since 2000 and is HIGHLY thought of throughout the NFL.”

    Based on what? If not for Jeff Lurie, Roseman would still be counting beans somewhere.

  55. patssteelersorgiants says: Jan 13, 2013 10:05 PM

    Jerry Sandusky is available, he could coach via Skype and give Lurie and Roseman backrubs on visitor day.

  56. jrbdmb says: Jan 15, 2013 10:42 AM

    So why did the Eagles spend over a week chasing after college coaches who they now claim they had no interest in?

    Let’s face it – the Eagles coaching search is now in panic mode. The Gold Standard is now showing more than a bit of rust.

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