News broke Saturday that the Philadelphia Eagles were submitting a slip to interview former Denver Broncos head coach, and current, longtime New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels. McDaniels becomes the next name on a long, diverse list of potential suitors to fill Philadelphia’s open head coach vacancy. Though he’s had a ton of success in New England along side Bill Belicheck, the thought of McDaniels taking the job raises some questions. Let’s mull over some of these questions and examine Josh McDaniels closer as he is now lobbying his name as the next HC of the Eagles.
Eagles submitted a permission slip Saturday morning to interview Patriots’ OC Josh McDaniels for their HC job, as @Bo_Wulf and @AkronJackson. The interview is expected to occur Sunday, with McDaniels now square in the mix of the Eagles’ HC candidates.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 16, 2021
Will he leave NE once again?
Some say that the New England Patriots future head coaching search will be nonexistent. When Bill Belichick decides to hang up the clipboard, McDaniels will slide in and take over the reigns as head coach. He’s been Belichick’s right hand man for all six of the franchises’ six Super Bowls. The biggest question surrounding McDaniels is, would he really leave New England? With the departure of Quarterback Tom Brady, and the Patriots coming off a 7-9 season, McDaniels may also jump ship in search of his own head coaching gig.
Who will be on his staff?
The next question that looms is who will McDaniels bring to Philly alongside him? The Eagles roster former Eagles running back and current Assistant head coach Duce Staley. While Staley has his own interview scheduled for the Eagles vacancy, would Staley stay on board should McDaniels be hired? Staley has proved he can coach at the NFL level and is well liked by Eagles players. Currently, the Eagles are without the following coaching positions: Offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, linebackers coach and potentially offensive line coach. While McDaniels could get this job opening, he’ll have his work cut out for him to fill in the voids left by the departures of Doug Pederson, Jim Schwartz, Ken Flajole and possibly Jeff Stoutland. McDaniels will need some high level coaches to be brought in to fill these roles. Part of the decision to part ways with Doug Pederson was his inability to produce a list of high level assistant coaches a few weeks back.
Will the Eagles Brass Buy In?
Given the shaky history McDaniels has being a head coach in the league, will Eagles management buy in to his philosophies? With an 11-17 record in two seasons with the Broncos, perhaps McDaniels is best suited as a coordinator. Time has passed and coaches can evolve over time, though. Let’s also remind everyone that McDaniels once took a head coaching job with the Indianapolis Colts, and then infamously walked it back days later to remain in New England in 2018.
Rumors regarding the fate of Quarterback Carson Wentz swirled throughout the season and now into the off-season. McDaniels will have to have a plan in place with the retooling of the Wentz, should the team decide to stick with him. Given the fact that McDaniels has coached arguably the greatest NFL player ever, he checks the box in the knowledge of building a franchise Quarterback. Another thing McDaniels has going for him is his extensive involvement within an offense. It seems as though Philadelphia’s powers that be prefer a coach with a creative, offensive mind coaching the team.
While the City of Philadelphia scrutinizes each and every potential replacement for Doug Pederson, Josh McDaniels is no exception to the rule. His checkered past being a head coach could overrule the successes he’s had as a coordinator. As the Eagles expand their search parameters to find a new head coach, Josh McDaniels is perhaps the most intriguing, yet perplexing name of the bunch.
As the days pass, and other coaching vacancies are filled, the clock ticks at the NovaCare Complex. A decision has to be made sooner rather than later to get the team prepared for its 2021 campaign. With reports coming out Monday morning of the interview lasting 8 plus hours, It appears the potential hiring of Josh McDaniels raises far more questions than answers.
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(Credit: MIAMI, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 15: Josh McDaniels of the New England Patriots prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)