Remember those notebooks which Andy Reid brought to his interview with Jeffrey Lurie and Joe Banner? Do you remember how we had heard that those notebooks had lists of everything that were needed to build a champion?
Like Reid or hate him, you cannot deny that he had a plan and put it to work. He accomplished nearly everything on the goal lists, but of course he hasn’t been able to capture the number one prize.
Those notebooks must be empty now. The lists must be exhausted.
So, I pose the same question today that I posed yesterday. Do Reid and the Eagles have a plan in filling their need for a new defensive coordinator, as well as a defensive linebacker and defensive secondary coaches? Is a plausible plan that’s being executed properly?
It may be easier to answer that question today than it was yesterday.
In the past 24 hours, we have learned that the Eagles asked for and got permission from the Chicago Bears to interview their secondary coach Jon Hoke. They interviewed him yesterday. The defensive backs coached was with the Houston Texans for seven years and he’s been with the Bears for two. Is he worthy of the interview? I don’t know but I hope Andy Reid and the Eagles are able to answer that question correctly.
We have also learned from Jason LaConfora of the NFL Network that the Birds request to interview secondary coach Todd Bowles of the Miami Dolphins and Kevin Coyle of the Cincinnati Bengals were turned down.
The Palm Beach Post is reporting that the Arizona Cardinals are likely to make Bowles their new defensive coordinator.
It seems to me that they have a major problem at the Nova Care Complex right now. I don’t see a clear plan being executed. From my perspective it seems that the Birds are just making the decisions by the edge of their seats. There doesn’t seem to be a rhyme or reason to what they’re doing.
I know that we’re told that they’re going to be interviewing coaching prospects on the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers coaching staffs, but they have to admit that there’s no guarantee that they’ll be able to interview or sign those candidates. We know that there are other teams looking to fill the same coaching staff positions.
How do you explain why one of the main decision-makers goes on vacation during the time they should have been interviewing coaches? Did they anticipate being turned down in some of their interview requests?
Why was there such a sudden change of heart concerning Sean McDermott? Do they feel like they may have sabotaged McDermott’s success chances by saddling him with unqualified assistants like linebackers coach Bill Shuey and defensive line coach Rory Segrest?
Obviously, they haven’t been answering questions, so that leaves everyone to come to their own conclusions.
I can understand them not wanting to say too much about the candidates for the open positions, but they should be able to tell us why they had a change of heart on McDermott, Shuey and Segrest. Public relations is always a part of the reason that they answer questions and keep their fans in the loop to a degree.
Eagles fans should know after a couple of weeks why fired 20% of their staff. Did they make some mistakes? If so what mistakes did they make and why. Public perception should be important to them.
I can’t say that I have all the answers, but I can say from my perspective that it looks like some of those late game time management decisions. I hope this works out better than most of them.