The Philadelphia Eagles head coaching search has featured a lot of names so far, both expected and unexpected. But one of the most popular names hasn't come up yet, and it's possible it never will. During the Joe DeCamara show on 97.5 The Fanatic on Friday night, ESPN insider Adam Caplan revealed Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is not being considered by Philadelphia.
"Hue Jackson is not on the Eagles’ list. I don’t know why. If he doesn’t get an interview from the Eagles, they’re making a mistake. I’ve watched this guy work. He commands respect. He has such command of players."
"Joe Flacco told me a story. I remember having a long talk with coaches he had in his career. Not only was [Hue] one the favorite coaches that he’s had, he’s such a good teacher, and he handled him so well. Very direct. That’s what the [Eagles] lacked with Chip [Kelly]. Directness. He didn’t get it."
The Eagles reportedly haven't requested an interview with Jackson, who is potentially a favorite to land the San Francisco 49ers job. The lack of an interview request is not related to the fact that the Bengals play this weekend because the Eagles reportedly did request an interview with Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther.
Philadelphia's lack of interest in Jackson is disappointing. He's one of the most intriguing options available. He has a history of getting the most out of his offensive players.
One could theorize the Eagles' lack of interest in Jackson is due to Howie Roseman and Philadelphia's new collaborative personnel power structure. When Jackson was with the Raiders, he became the unofficial acting general manager after Al Davis died. He also seemingly pushed for even more power before ultimately getting fired after just one season with Oakland.
It seems like the Eagles might be trying to hire a new head coach who doesn't rock the boat the way Chip Kelly did when he pushed for full control over personnel. That sentiment partially explains why even-tempered personalities like Pat Shurmur and Doug Pederson have reportedly emerged as top candidates.
In other words, the Eagles might be limiting their coaching pool in fear of a new candidate not getting along with Roseman. This is just one of the reasons why Roseman still being with the Eagles is very, very troubling.