Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Eagles Eye Former Bear Head Coach Lovie Smith
It was reported by ESPN.com on Tuesday that former Chicago Bear head coach Lovie Smith will interview for the Philadelphia Eagles coaching vacancy on Thursday. Former Eagle head coach Andy Reid, of course, was fired after a disappointing 4-12 season and has accepted the coaching job with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Philadelphia Eagles are still on the coaching hunt after not being able to land high profiled Oregon coach Chip Kelly. Lovie Smith is now on the Eagle’s coaching radar after he was fired by the Chicago Bears. The Bears finished 10-6 this season and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season. Smith led the Bears to two NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl appearance in his nine-year tenure with Chicago. Smith already interviewed with the Buffalo Bills, but that position was filled by former Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone.
If Lovie Smith were to be hired by the Eagles, he would bring a physical defensive style of play to Philadelphia. The Bears defense was ranked in the top ten this season against both the rush and the pass. The mystery will be if the Eagle’s offense could improve under him after struggling this season. The Eagle offense averaged just 17.5 points per game.
The Philadelphia Eagles have already interviewed Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien and Oregon head coach Chip Kelly. Both decided to stay in the college game. The Eagles have also interviewed Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, and Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
The coaching carousel continues in the NFL with five coaching positions still waiting to be filled. The Philadelphia Eagles along with the Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, and San Diego Chargers are among the five organizations in need of a new head coach. We should have a better idea in the next week of who is going where in the NFL.