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Eagles’ interview with Colts’ Nick Sirianni extends into Wednesday | 3 reasons why he makes sense as next head coach -
The Eagles’ head-coaching interview with Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni extended into Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the meeting told NJ Advance Media. Sirianni’s initial meeting with the Eagles on Tuesday went well, according to another person with knowledge of the situation. The second source said there is optimism about the staff that Sirianni could put together in Philadelphia. The second-day meeting was considered a continuation of the team’s initial interview with Sirianni. The Eagles are doing their due diligence on Sirianni, seeking out feedback on the candidate from outside sources. Sirianni has worked under former Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich for the past three years. According to a third source, a recommendation from Reich would likely go a long way for Sirianni’s candidacy.

Report: Colts O.C. Nick Sirianni Emerges as Serious Candidate for Eagles Head Coaching Job—as Interview Extended into Wednesday - Stampede Blue
He’s helped by his close coaching relationship with Colts head coach Frank Reich, who previously served as the Eagles beloved Super Bowl winning offensive coordinator (2016-17) prior to joining Indianapolis—and can certainly vouch for his young Colts offensive coordinator’s candidacy. Reich also can provide Sirianni a good idea regarding the culture of the Eagles ownership and front office—which can be pivotal for any NFL head coach’s success. Still only 39 years old, Sirianni was named to The Athletic’s NFL’s ‘40 under 40’, as he’s been regarded as one of the better young offensive minds in football.

Carson Wentz trade rumors won’t be quelled with Philip Rivers retiring - BGN
Of course, that’s the position the Eagles would need to publicly maintain even if they did really want to trade Wentz. They’d only be damaging their leverage if they made it look like they wanted to get rid of him. The Eagles won’t be openly shopping Wentz ... but that doesn’t mean they’re not open to dealing him for the right price. Will teams really come calling for No. 11, though? He just had a season where he was arguably the worst starting quarterback in the NFL. There are major concerns about his coachability. And to the point where there’s question if Reich even wants to work with Wentz again.

Big Names Not Always the Best - Iggles Blitz
I’m not trying to say it is good that the Eagles missed on the biggest names. One of these guys could do incredibly well. Mike Shanahan was coveted after SF won the Super Bowl in 1994 and he did great things in Denver. Sometimes when you swing for the fences, you hit a home run. My point is that the Eagles can still come out of this situation with a good coach. Too often we obsess on resume, what is known and quantifiable. If you find a talented guy who is the right fit, you can have big success. Andy Reid wasn’t a compelling name when he was hired. Joe Gibbs had never been a head coach when Washington hired him.

Eagles or Texans: Which remaining NFL head coaching vacancy is better? - The Athletic
If we took the quarterbacks out of the equation, I think the Eagles probably offer a better organizational structure for success. Lurie may overvalue the Eagles’ history of success, but there is something to it and his willingness to financially support coaches makes a difference. Roster-wise, both situations are underwhelming, but the Eagles have their full coffer of draft picks moving forward and the makings of a good offensive line. Of course, quarterback is the most important variable. The Eagles would trade their entire roster for Watson if it was allowed. So, if you think you can convince Watson to stick around, the Texans offer the better job. If not, Fly Eagles Fly.

Mailbag: Why Do So Many GMs Get Second Chances Instead of New Candidates Getting Hired? - MMQB
That said, you’re right to say this situation isn’t as good as the one Chip Kelly walked into in 2013 or Doug Pederson entered in 2017. Those guys had relatively clean cap situations and paths to find their quarterbacks of the future, without being 100% locked into someone else’s franchise player. In this case, Philly has an aging roster, a bloated cap and an awkward quarterback situation. There’s a lot of work to be done, for sure. But I think it’s important to recognize here that eating a bunch of dead money (like the current Buffalo regime did in 2017) can make a bad cap situation a one-year problem, the Eagles do have the sixth pick in a rich quarterback year, and the age of some of those on the roster could give the new coach a shot to be competitive in Year 1, then do his teardown in Year 2 (again, à la Buffalo). That is, if you wanna look at it that way.

Through the years, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has been a very deliberate, cautious coaching shopper - Inquirer
Lurie’s first coaching search started when he fired Rich Kotite the day after Christmas in 1994. It ended with the hiring of Ray Rhodes on Feb. 2, 1995, after the 49ers and defensive coordinator Rhodes had won Super Bowl XXIX. The Inquirer noted that Rhodes’ hiring ended “the longest period without a head coach in Eagles history.” It’s amazing how themes repeat. One of the big issues on Rhodes’ plate was the fate of quarterback Randall Cunningham. Rhodes’ first season would turn out to be Cunningham’s last with the Eagles. Now, candidates are being quizzed about fixing Carson Wentz. Overall, Lurie’s coaching searches have lasted an average of 22.25 days, and with each, there has been at least one major twist.

Treash: Regrading the 2019 NFL Draft - PFF
22. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: T ANDRE DILLARD. Dillard saw at least one snap in 16 games in 2019 but only really saw substantial game action in five. In those five outings, Dillard flashed both high-end and low-end play. He looked stellar against Buffalo and Chicago with PFF grades of 72.0 and 71.9, respectively, but in the other three contests (Minnesota, Dallas and Seattle), he posted sub-55.0 grades and allowed 18 total pressures. Dillard then missed all of his sophomore season due to injury. It’s still too early to make a confident prediction or to say that Dillard was a bust, but he has made virtually no impact in the NFL thus far. REGRADE: BELOW AVERAGE.

Deshaun Watson’s trade value and destinations, plus what the Houston Texans do next - ESPN+
And for as bad as the NFC East was this year, there’s an improving team with $35.4 million in cap space and tons of intriguing young players who could make a move: the Washington Football Team. “I think they will be involved in the QB sweepstakes in a big way,” an NFC exec said. “They know they are close.”

Why having a quality veteran backup quarterback is unlikely for the Cowboys in 2021 - Blogging The Boys
You never fully know how important something is until you lose it. For the Dallas Cowboys, that single statement can define their 2020 season. The Cowboys lost their signal-caller Dak Prescott, and their hopes and aspirations left with him. Thankfully for Dallas, their investment in a backup quarterback during the offseason paid off. As we all know, Andy Dalton started nine games, posting a record of 4-5 and throwing 14 touchdown passes to eight interceptions. Dalton’s quarterback rating was 87.3. His Pro Football Focus offensive grade for the season was right around 70, very solid for a backup.

Report: Pittsburgh Steelers To Interview Hank Fraley For Offensive Line Coach Opening - CBS Pittsburgh
The Steelers are reportedly interviewing Hank Fraley for their offensive line coach opening. [BLG Note: Former Eagles center spent 2020 as Detroit’s OL coach.]

The SB Nation NFL Show: How to know if your team hired the right head coach - SB Nation
Two weeks ago, the SB Nation NFL Show ranked the available head coaching openings for the 2021 season. Now that all but two of those hires have been made, we decided to rank the teams that did the best job hiring their new head coach. In order to do that, however, we first had to decide how to evaluate the decision each team made. As I laid out in today’s episode with Brandon Lee Gowton, there are three basic ways to make a good head coaching hire.


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