Are these Eagles attractive to coach candidates?
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Playing for the Philadelphia Eagles was more appealing over the past decade than coaching them might be now.
With seven teams looking for a new coach, the Eagles might end up having to compete for a guy who will get multiple offers. Owner Jeffrey Lurie made quite a sales pitch after firing Andy Reid. He highlighted everything from the fans down to his hands-off approach.
I'm very confident that this is the most attractive place for a head coach to work in the National Football League, Lurie said. We have an incredible fan base. This one's amazing. They want what we want and that's an obsession not just to be good, but to be great and that's big.
There's no denying the Eagles have passionate fans who aren't afraid to express their opinion. They'll boo vociferously whenever they feel a player isn't giving his best effort and when the team plays poorly. They'll also demand the coach gets fired if he's not getting the job done. In Reid's case, they wanted him gone because he couldn't win a Super Bowl.
Whether that appeals to the current crop of notables out there — Oregon's Chip Kelly and Penn State's Bill O'Brien among them — remains to be seen. What can't be forgotten is that this team went 4-12 this season, finished in last place in the NFC East and hasn't tasted the postseason since 2010.