And then there were four.
Four publicly known Eagles head coaching candidates: interim head coach Pat Shurmur, running back coach Duce Staley, former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson. Hardly the most exciting list of names.
While it's possible the Eagles are interested in hiring a candidate not on this list, multiple reports indicate Philadelphia's coaching search could be over soon. There's also a report about how the Eagles are strongly considering promoting from within.
So, for now, let's just assume these four options are the only ones in play. Who do you want the Eagles to hire? Before voting in the poll below, take some time to read these coaching profiles.
Pat Shurmur is the Eagles interim head coach, after spending the previous three years as Chip Kelly's offensive coordinator before replacing him for the final game of the 2015 season. Prior to joining Kelly's staff, he was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns for two years, compiling a 9-23 record, the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams, and a long time member of Andy Reid's coaching staff in Philadelphia. His uncle Fritz Shurmur was Mike Holmgren's defensive coordinator in the Packers Super Bowl years, and he literally wrote the book on coaching team defense.
Well traveled as a player, Doug Pederson is the latest Andy Reid protege to make the rounds as a potential and possibly eventual head coach. Within Reid's system he has worked his way up the ladder with the Eagles and Chiefs, and has been a part of some successful offenses as a coach. As a player, Eagles fans are familiar with him as Donovan McNabb's seat warmer in McNabb's rookie year.
Staley, as Eagles fans are well aware, played for the team for seven seasons from 1997-2003, and was the team's primary running back for all but his first and last year with the team. He then joined the Steelers in 2004 and won a Super Bowl with them as a backup in 2005. After retiring following the 2006 season, he joined the Eagles a coaching intern in 2010, and then was hired as a special teams assistant for the 2011 season. When Chip Kelly took over in 2013 he retained Staley, making him running back coach.
Tom Coughlin is well known to Eagles fans, having coached the New York Giants from 2004 until his resignation last week.
Time to vote. You have to pick one!