It’s easiest to interview for a job when you know you already have it.
And that may be what’s happening in Philadelphia today.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, veteran defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is meeting with coach Doug Pederson today, and “if they hit it off,” Schwartz is expected to be hired.
While that makes it sound like a first date more than a job interview, the expectation has been that Schwartz is hand-picked for the job.
Schwartz has also interviewed for the vacant Jaguars job, and the Eagles position seems like less of a rebuild, though.
It’s a good pairing for a first-time coach like Pederson, as Schwartz has a history of success running defenses, giving the new Eagles coach a little less to worry about.
That would allow Pederson more energy to spend on “emotional intelligence,” which the owner has already placed a high premium on.