Dirk Koetter Is Eagles Target In Atlanta, Others Are Courtesy InterviewsBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
I learned on Monday prior to the Jeffrey Lurie news conference that the Eagles have their eyes on Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koettter. They’re going to interview Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, but those are just courtesy interviews. There’s no way they could validate hiring Nolan, who has lost everywhere he’s been a head coach. Armstrong is a long shot.
Koetter is really their target. He already has a relationship with Birds young signal caller Nick Foles. After hearing Lurie and GM Howie Roseman on Monday, the next coach will have developing Foles as his first task.
Mike McCoy, who is the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos, will be interviewed by the Eagles this week as well. He shouldn’t be given a lot of credit for what Peyton Manning did this year. Afterall, Manning was a complete product.
The Eagles are searching for a head coach, who has a vision for the future of the NFL. They want a leader who has a feel for where the league is going. In 1999, Andy Reid had a vision of what was needed for a football team to win.
It looks like Reid could be the new Arizona Cardinals coach before the weekend. Reid and former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith are the two leading candidates for all these vacant head coaching jobs.
Eagles GM Howie Roseman had to learn the hard way along with the Eagles organization, that you can’t build a team through free agency. I know team owner Jeffrey Lurie gave him a pass on 2010 and 2011, but I remember how excited Roseman was when the Eagles signed Nmandi Asomugha.
We were out at Lehigh University and Roseman was running around like he had just found oil in his back yard.
“I think that in the last couple years we’ve done things that have not been as consistent,” said Roseman. “They’ve been more scattered in terms of decision making. You notice it with any organization that has had a lot of success that you will start to reach, thinking, ‘That’s the thing that’s going to [get us over the top], that’s the player, that’s the method, that’s the mechanism, that’s the coach, that’s the thing that is going to put us over the top.’
“So I think we lost some of the exact nature of the method that we’ve all shared that created the success, which was discipline, strategic thinking, and don’t do necessarily what is popular but do what’s right. It’s kind of a human thing and I take some responsibility for that because I was right out in the forefront [of], ‘Let’s do anything we can to try to win a Super Bowl for the city and our fans.’
“At times you probably had to be a little more self disciplined and say, ‘Doing that and injecting that into the locker room, affecting the chemistry of the team maybe in some way, that’s not the best thing to do.’”
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