It’s been over a week now since the Eagles, as they have done for three seasons now, shocked the NFL by firing Chip Kelly.
Since then, the entire landscape of the NFL — with regards to its head coaching vacancies — has shifted mightily. Here are some of the names that have been mentioned in recent days as possible candidates to take over in Philadelphia.
Pat Shurmur (Eagles offensive coordinator): According to USA Today, the longtime Philly assistant, onetime Browns head coach and last week’s interim head coach interviewed with the Eagles Monday.
Duce Staley (Eagles running backs coach): The former Eagles running back and fan-favorite was reportedly the first candidate to interview for the position.
Doug Marrone(Jaguars offensive line coach): Marrone was the Bills head coach recently, but according to CSNPhilly.com, he is not a candidate for the Eagles job.
Teryl Austin (Lions defensive coordinator): Austin is expected to have met with the Eagles sometime Tuesday. He has also served forthree years as Ravens secondary coach under John Harbaugh.
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Adam Gase (Bears offensive coordinator):ESPN’s Chris Mortensen says the Eagles have chatted with Gase, who has helped the Lions to a top-five total defense ranking during the last two seasons.
Dirk Koetter (Buccaneers offensive coordinator): Koetterhelped to usher Jameis Winston into the pro ranks, and a few seasons prior was a large part in the NFL development of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. He is reportedly in the books for an interview.
Sean McDermott (Panthers defensive coordinator): The leader of the Panthers’ defense — regularly one of the best in the league –has other things to worry about right now. Like leading his top-seeded Carolina squad to a Super Bowl. But many Eagles fans want the familiar face to return to Philly, the place where he coached local legends like Brian Dawkins as a positional coach (and later defensive coordinator) under Andy Reid.
The feeling is mutual.
“I mean, listen, we love it here. Living in Carolina has been great. We’ve been here five years,” McDermott said on 97.5 The Fanatic Tuesday. “But, yeah, we’re always interested. I love the Philadelphia area and quite honestly, it’s been tough to watch the last several years, having grown up in the area and worked there for 12 years. The fan base, I know what’s important to them. They’re genuine, dedicated and they’re real. And the facilities up there are second to none. So I’d love to see the Eagles recapture the magic, so to speak.”