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Ranking the Eagles’ best coaching candidates to replace fired Doug Pederson

Doug Pederson led the Eagles to their first Tremendous Bowl victory solely three years in the past. That did not cease Philadelphia from firing its head coach, every week after “Black Monday,” after a disappointing, tumultuous season through which the workforce fell from NFC East champions to out of the playoffs at 4-11-1.

Whereas Pederson ends his five-year tenure with the Eagles with a 46-39-1 report and three playoff journeys, proprietor Jeffery Lurie and workforce officers dive late into the seek for a brand new coach. Pederson’s mismanaging of Carson Wentz, Jalen Hurts and the quarterback state of affairs finally value him.

Now the Eagles will search for the most effective alternative rent with the Jets, Jaguars, Falcons, Texans, Chargers and Lions additionally going after the highest candidates. Here is a rating of the perfect targets for Philadelphia to interview:

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1. Brian Daboll, Payments offensive coordinator

Daboll, 45, is on everybody’s sizzling record after his bang-up job with Josh Allen. He is obtained big-time expertise prior to now with each Invoice Belichick and Nick Saban. He is able to make the leap as an organized chief and powerful schemer. The Eagles want to repair quarterback, whether or not they’re rolling with the ability set of Hurts or Wentz. Daboll might have an important affect on both/each as athletic passers.

2. Duce Staley, Eagles assistant head coach/working backs coach (age: 45)

The Eagles do have a robust in-house candidate to be elevated within the wake of Pederson’s departure. The previous Eagles’ working again is nicely revered and favored by all of the gamers. He is a great communicator and instructor. Staley can create some teaching continuity with a wanted huge increase in motivation.

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3. Lincoln Riley, head coach, Oklahoma

The Cowboys and Riley, 37, did not actually change into a consideration however do not sleep on their NFC East rivals. Would the potential to be reunited with Hurts, one in all his star Sooners passing pupils, be sufficient to lure him from the school ranks, realizing his offensive thoughts would translate rather well into the NFL? If the Eagles wish to push onerous for the Kliff Kingsbury route, that is the absolute best resolution for a long-term keeper.

4. Eric Bieniemy, Chiefs offensive coordinator

The Eagles should not wish to completely abandon the Andy Reid tree, which nonetheless has been fairly good to them with out Reid. Bieniemy, 51, who changed Pederson and Bears coach Matt Nagy as the person to work closest with Reid, has finished distinctive work with Patrick Mahomes. He is lengthy overdue for a job, however there’s additionally a way he won’t depart on this wave, both.

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5. Nick Sirianni, Colts offensive coordinator

The Eagles have not had the identical form of quarterback play ever since Frank Reich left Pederson’s workers to change into the pinnacle coach of the Colts. Sirianni, 39, joined Reich after robust stints teaching all elements of offense for the Chiefs (earlier than Reid) and Chargers. Reich has introduced alongside Sirianni nicely and they’re in lockstep with offensive acumen.

6. Brandon Staley, Rams defensive coordinator

Sure, Sean McVay may produce younger hot-shot proteges who aren’t offensive-minded. The Eagles can flip to the opposite aspect of the ball for his or her general chief and it could be extra crucial with Jim Schwartz selecting to depart as defensive coordinator earlier than Pederson was fired. This Staley, like Daboll, is making the rounds on the interview circuit with the opposite groups.

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7. Arthur Smith, Titans offensive coordinator

Smith, 38, has spent a very long time with the Titans’ workers and has proved to be a terrific asset for Derrick Henry, Ryan Tannehill and the remainder of the offense since changing Packers head coach Matt LaFleur as Tennessee’s savvy play-caller final season. Here is yet one more interesting candidate for Hurts and/or Wentz.

8. Mike Kafka, Chiefs quarterbacks coach

His identify has appeared as a sudden wild card due to the very fact he is subsequent in line behind Bienemy on Reid’s mighty offensive tree, working straight and bonding so nicely with Mahomes. The 33-year-old former Eagles backup QB has been groomed nicely by Reid. The Northwestern grad is nicely versed in scheming and may be an empowering gamers’ coach within the LaFleur mildew.

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