With there being just 32 Head Coaching jobs in the NFL, every position is coveted, but some more than others. Below are 5 reasons why ‘hot’ coaching candidates would be wise to strongly consider the Eagles vacancy.
The poor form shown by DeMarco Murray this season can largely be put down to a poor fit for the scheme run by Chip Kelly. The new HC will find Murray highly motivated to show he is still an elite RB and will be relatively fresh following a season with less than 200 carries. Darren Sproles remains one of the best 3rd down backs in the game and Ryan Matthews has shown that, when healthy, he too can be a difference maker.
The Fans (for now!)
Passionate is a word thrown around often in sports, but is apt when describing the Eagles fan base in sports-mad Philadelphia. The new Head Coach can expect to be warmly welcomed to Lincoln Financial at the start of his tenure – but he better be successful, fast, because the fans can turn on you very quickly.
Jeffrey Lurie has, traditionally, been a patient owner, which is partly why there is surprise in some quarters that Kelly is gone after just 3 years. Early reports suggest that if Kelly had been willing to give up control of personnel he may still have been in the role, suggesting that Lurie was again willing to be patient with the coaching and not over-react to one poor season.
The NFC East
9-7 is going to win the division this year, and the new HC will be in position to have success early. New York will likely have a new HC next year and Dallas’s problems run a lot deeper than just the absence of Tony Romo this year. Only, division winners, Washington look to be a team on the rise but do not represented an insurmountable challenge for the NFC East title in 2016
Fletcher Cox, Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks on defense. Murray, Jason Kelce and Nelson Agholor on offense. The new Head Coach will inherit a roster that is not short on talent, nor cap challenged as the Eagles currently project well under the cap for 2016. Important areas need to be addressed, namely the pass defense and the QB spot, but it isn’t a roster in need of complete overhaul. As much as people like to drag him down, Mark Sanchez can be a capable bridge starter if the Eagles wish to invest a high pick in a QB in the draft.
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