The Philadelphia Eagles made their first significant moves on Wednesday to find their next head coach. Owner Jeffrey Lurie headed to Atlanta with GM Howie Roseman and President Don Smolenski to interview members of the Falcons coaching staff.
Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter was offered an extension that he accepted, taking him off the interview market. But the Eagles brain trust met with defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and special teams coach Mike Armstrong.
The Eagles have other interviews lined up in the next several days, including with Broncos OC Mike McCoy and yes, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, obviously after Thursday’s Fiesta Bowl. Both candidates are high on the lists of several other teams also on the hunt for a new head coach, so it’s critical that the Eagles move deftly to interview those they are interested in. We’ll find out soon enough if Lurie’s assertion that the Eagles is the best destination in the NFL holds water.
In other news, it’s being said that Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien has Philadelphia at the top of his NFL wish list. One of the biggest questions surrounding him, however, is how much of a buyout any interested team would have to pay up. Numbers currently range from $9 to 18 million. According to David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot News, that would prove to be a deal breaker for the Birds.
“I’ve been assured by people close to the Philadelphia Eagles, for instance, that there is absolutely no way owner Jeffrey Lurie would pay even $9.2M up front, let alone $18.4M.”
For any fans hoping that former Steelers coach Bill Cowher will land an interview, sorry to disappoint. The Eagles do not plan to to bring him in for an interview.