The “wheels are in motion” for the Philadelphia Eagles to formally interview their own assistant head coach/running backs coach to be Doug Pederson’s replacement, according to a report from Howard Eskin. Eskin says Staley has been asked to interview.
This development comes as no surprise. Jeffrey Lurie talked about Staley as a coaching candidate during his press conference following Doug Pederson’s firing on Monday.
BGN already took a closer look at Staley’s coaching candidacy on Tuesday. Here’s a sampling of what we wrote:
Staley might also be the perfect fit for the Eagles’ current situation. Let’s face it: the Eagles have one of the least attractive coaching jobs on the market. The Eagles’ might not be able to hire the perceived “top” candidates. Going in-house might be the best option available to them.
I think it’s important to contextualize how Pederson was fired. It wasn’t like Lurie was automatically getting rid of him no matter. Had Pederson been more willing to bend to Lurie’s demands and bring in external candidates as opposed to a bunch of internal promotions, he might’ve been able to keep his job. Perhaps Staley will be willing to do what Pederson wasn’t since the former would be getting a big promotion in the process.
Plus, if the Eagles make Staley their next head coach, they have the option of keeping some of the things they like about the team (offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, for example) in tact. An external hire, meanwhile, would likely push to make more sweeping changes.
I previously wrote that I felt like Staley is one of the Eagles’ top two most realistic options to replace Pederson. I can envision the team promoting him to be an overseer while still aiming to bring in a play-caller as their offensive coordinator (Mike Kafka? Graham Harrell?).
It’s worth noting that Staley would qualify as a relatively popular hire for an Eagles fan base that’s not feeling very confident about the organization’s direction.