Adam Gase: Am I missing something? I’m not sure where all of the hype for Gase comes from. I wouldn’t necessarily be upset if he were the guy because I do believe that there are far worse options, but were the Bears an elite offense this season? Did he turn Jay Cutler around? Peyton Manning swears by him, and I’d certainly take him over a guy like Pat Shurmur, but Gase isn’t too high on my wishlist.
Sean McDermott: I love the idea of a defensive-minded head coach. If you can’t have a great quarterback, the next best way to win in this league is to assemble an elite defense. The Eagles have a lot of talented defensive pieces in place already that I think have been grossly underachieving thanks to the terrible coaching they’ve been receiving from Billy Davis, and I think a top defensive mind could really bring this group to another level. The only problem is how would McDermott go about fixing the team’s offense? The Eagles don’t seem interested, having not scheduled an interview during Carolina’s bye week.
Hue Jackson: Jackson is a pretty intriguing name. I think he’s done a very good job out in Cincinnati, helping Andy Dalton bounce back and have a much better season this year while also developing a number of good skill position players to support Dalton, such as Tyler Eifert, Jeremy Hill, and Giovani Bernard.
Sean Payton: I like the idea of bringing in a coach that has previously won a Super Bowl. It brings instant credibility and respect within the locker room, and I can just a guy like Zach Ertz being a tremendous fit for Payton’s offense, which helped turn Jimmy Graham into an elite tight end. The only problem is Drew Brees wouldn’t be coming with him, and Payton has put together some historically bad defenses throughout his tenure, so I’d probably still prefer to go elsewhere. Plus, the Saints want draft picks for Payton, and the Birds need as many picks as they can get to replenish the talent.
Ben McAdoo: Very interesting case. He’s done very good work with Eli Manning in two years in New York, but I’d think he’d stay in New York before going anywhere else.
Worst Case Scenarios
Teryl Austin: Not interested in anyone associated with the Detroit Lions’ organization.
Doug Marrone: He already quit on an NFL team once. This franchise needs a stabilizing presence, and this guy is the complete opposite.
Pat Shurmur: No…just, no. Shurmur has already failed once as a head coach, and I think the Eagles need to bring in fresh voices from outside of the previous staff. The Pat Shurmur era began and ended on Sunday against the Giants.
Doug Pederson: Maybe bad memories of Pederson quarterbacking the Eagles in 1999 taints my vision here, but I don’t want any part of Pederson. Chiefs haven’t done anything revolutionary on offense under Pederson (remember last year when they couldn’t complete a single touchdown to a wide receiver?).
Duce Staley: I’ll always be a huge fan of Duce, but his interview wasn’t anything more than Lurie doing him a favor and getting his name out there. Staley has only been a position coach for a few seasons, and I’d think he’d need to at least serve as an offensive coordinator somewhere before being seriously considered for a head coaching job.