Andy Reid Fired by Eagles, Who Could be Next?
The 14-year head coaching tenure of Andy Reid has ended, the Philadelphia Eagles announced on Monday morning.
The organization’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Lurie will hold a 12 p.m. press conference today at the NovaCare Complex (Listen on 97.3 ESPN) to discuss the decision to dismiss Reid, who led the Eagles to six NFC East titles, five NFC Championship Games and Super Bowl 39 in the 2004 season.
"Andy Reid won the most games of any head coach in Eagles’ history and he is someone I respect greatly and will remain friends with for many years to come,” said Lurie. "But, it is time for the Eagles to move in a new direction. Andy leaves us with a winning tradition that we can build upon. And we are very excited about the future.”
Reid joined the team in 1999 and immediately turned the fortunes of the franchise around by attracting a strong coaching staff, and making solid moves in free agency and in the NFL draft. The Eagles reached the playoffs one season later, in 2000, the first of nine postseason trips in Reid’s 14 seasons leading the football operations.
His 140 victories are a franchise record and rank 22nd on the all-time NFL coaching list.
The Eagles concluded the 2012 season with a 4-12 record after their 42-7 loss to the Giants on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
"The search for the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles will begin immediately," said Lurie.
So who could be next for the Eagles? There are some interesting names emerging.
This comes from NFL writer Dan Pompei of NationalFootballPost.com: People around the NFL who know are convinced Jon Gruden is coming back to coaching this year, provided the right situation presents itself. I’ve been told Gruden feels he needs to come back now if he’s ever going to do it. He already has been away from the game for four years, and it becomes increasingly difficult for a coach to return the longer he is away. The right situation for Gruden very well could be in Philadelphia. People close to him think he has a good chance of landing there.
ESPN.com's Chris Mortensen has this nugget: As NFL owners and executives revisit the success of college coaches at the pro level, Penn State's Bill O'Brien may be on more short lists than Oregon's Chip Kelly and that would include the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, according to league sources.
This story was field over at Profootballweekly: Oregon head coach Chip Kelly has been the name most associated with the expected head-coaching vacancy in Philadelphia, and there’s no doubt that the Eagles have done their homework on the college offensive guru. But he’s far from guaranteed to be the only strong candidate. Depending on how far the Broncos advance in the postseason, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy could be on their minds. McCoy has impressed in his work with quarterbacks in Carolina and Denver and possesses the leadership qualities to make him attractive among several teams.
Jason LaConfora at CBS says Chip Kelly is the prime target of the Eagles with Andy Reid set to be fired Monday. Many in the league are bracing for an intriguing struggle for Kelly's services to emerge between Philadelphia and the Browns, who are now run by former Eagles president Joe Banner.
A few other names who have been linked to the Eagles, have been mentioned as head coaching candidates or names you will hear over the next few weeks include Ventnor, NJ native and current 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, Dirk Koetter – Offensive coordinator, Atlanta Falcons, Darrell Bevell – Offensive coordinator, Seattle Seahawks, Bruce Arians – Offensive coordinator, Indianapolis Colts.
So which name on this list excited you the most? Leave your answer below.