Report: Eagles Interview Brian BillickBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Sunday, January 13th, 2013
Billick spent nine seasons as the head coach in Baltimore, winning a Super Bowl title in 2000. He hasn’t coached in the NFL since 2007, when he was fired after the Ravens finished the season 5-11.
Of all of the big-name former head coaches, Billick has received the least amount of attention. Teams and fans have been clamoring for guys like Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden to return to the NFL, but despite his successful run in Baltimore, Billick has never been a name that has excited people.
I think the Eagles are starting to get a little desperate in their search for a new head coach. Their top choices (Bill O’Brien, Chip Kelly, Brian Kelly) have all turned their noses up at offers from the Eagles, and none of the other candidates that the team has interviewed for the job have emerged as a front-runner. Reaching out to Billick, a guy who has drawn no interest from any NFL team since being fired by Baltimore, says to me that the Eagles are really having trouble selling their team to potential head coaches.
That being said, the Eagles could do a lot worse than Billick. After all, Billick has already accomplished what Andy Reid was never able to in Philadelphia: winning a Super Bowl. Also, as Ruben Frank points out, throughout his career Billick has always done an excellent job of putting together a quality staff around him. Future NFL head coaches Mike Smith, Rex Ryan, Jack Del Rio, Marvin Lewis, and Mike Nolan have all served under Billick in Baltimore.
Billick also had some serious flaws during his time in Baltimore. He was never able to successfully develop a quarterback for the Ravens, with several unsuccessful draft picks (Chris Redman, Kyle Boller) and he ended up turning his teams over to veteran retreads like Tony Banks, Trent Dilfer, and Steve McNair. By the end of 2007, his act in Baltimore had grown about as stale as Andy Reid in Philadelphia.
We’ll see in the coming weeks how serious the Eagles’ interest in Billick is.
Someone has to take this job sooner or later…right?
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