After last night’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks, its looks like Reid has lost control of the Eagles. He's had his fair share of chances and it tenure has run its course. He has to do a better job yet never does. He hired former Offensive Line Coach Juan Castillo to run his defense. What is he doing?
But who will replace the most successful coach in the history of the franchise? Will it really be an upgrade? Is it worth firing a coach who has brought a perenially terrible team years of success, happiness and hope? Shouldn't we maybe give him one more year?
Everyone has their own opinion. The point of this blog is not to argue whether to fire/keep him. Its intention is to examine our other options. What comes next and will it really be any better?
1. John Gruden
Everyone's first choice as Reid's successor, Gruden brings a history with the city (Offensive Coordinator from '95-'97) and a Super Bowl pedigree.
He has a career 5-4 playoff record and hadn't won a single playoff game since the 2002 Super Bowl when he was fired in 2008.
He's 14 games over .500, while Reid is 42. Gruden's coached arguably more talented teams.
While Tony Dungy failed time and again in the playoffs with the Bucaneers, Gruden was able take a veteran talented, albeit mercurial team all the way to a world championship. His specialty is pushing teams over the top, therefore Gruden may have been better served coaching the 2004 Eagles than this iteration.
2. Jeff Fisher
People have been clamoring for Fisher since the Ray Rhodes era. His coaching career began in Philadelphia and was the LBs Coach from 1986-1990 under Buddy Ryan.
But why would you fire a coach who couldn't win a Super Bowl in 13 years and hire a coach who couldn't in 16.5 years?
3. Steve Spagnulo
Spags has regressed in his third season in St. Louis and with a 10-33 overall record and he'll likely be on the way out. Did he pull a Rhodes and show that he’s better suited as only a defensive coordinator?
He's tarnished the reputation that he built during his time in New York and will need to build that back up in a return to an assistant coaching position.
4. Brian Billick
Billick also won a Super Bowl early with his team and then proceeded into mediocrity as his tenure wore on.
He was fired after the 2007 season and has not been seriously rumored as a coaching candidate since. He had success as an Offensive Coordinator in Minnesota, but was frequently punch-less with his offense in Baltimore.
5. Tony Dungy
Vick’s mentor could be a possibility and would unite what has become a fractured locker room.
At 56, he’s actually not as old as you would think. He could come in here and motivate Vick in a unique way.
It can be argued however, that Dungy is one of the most overrated HCs of all time. He’s 9-10 in the playoffs, all while posessing the greatest QB of his generation. His seven-year winning percentage was a mind-blowing .759 in 112 games, but in the playoffs it plummeted to .538 in 13 games (7-6).
6. Joe Philbin
The Packers Offensive Coordinator since 2007, Philbin has overseen the entire development of Aaron Rodgers as a starter. Although Mike McArthy handles the playcalling, Philbin has been a key contributer to one of the most effective offenses of all time.
Its surprising that I’ve never heard even a whisper of him becoming a Head Coach.
7. Bill Cowher
Cowher and Reid’s career share many similarities. But their personalities couldn’t be more different.
Philadelphia gravitates towards emotional, outspoken athletes and coaches and one of Reid’s biggest criticisms is his generic, cookie-cutter press conferences.
Cowher seems ready to don the headset again and the Eagles, whom he played for in ‘83 and ‘84, would definitely please their fan base.
But Cowher suffers from the same playoff futility as many of the others on this list. He’s 12-9 in his career and without the magical, and somewhat referee-aided championship run, he’d have a losing record (8-9).
8. Mike Zimmer
Zimmer has turned in two really impressive season as the Bengal’s DC and is an inspiring guy, as we saw when he coached three days after the tragic death of his wife in 2008.
The Bengals defense is low on talent but has ranked at the top of the league since he’s been at the helm.