OUR team’s next head coach should be Bill Cowher. I mean why dream small, right? Owner Jeff Lurie said that he’s looking for a strategic thinker. One who understands the passion of Eagles fans, and who possesses emotional intelligence when dealing with those he expects top performance from. If this is the case, then the search should begin and end with former Steelers coach Bill Cowher.
Cowher proved his strategic mind as the Defensive Coordinator of a stifling Chiefs unit back in the early 90’s. I’m sure it didn’t hurt to have weapons like the late HOFer Derrick Thomas, Neil Smith, Albert Lewis, Kevin Ross, Deron Cherry and big ass NT Dan Saleamua. (Saleamua was a 300 pounder before it was all the rage.) It also didn’t hurt to have either Tony Dungy or Herman Edwards (I can’t recall which) on that staff.
As far as understanding the fan base here, Cowher actually played LB as an Eagle, so he knows what Philly can be like. In addition to that, he’s a PA native who made his fame coaching in Pittsburgh. So there can be no doubt about him understanding our passion, and he likely won’t wilt under its heat.
Emotional intelligence you say? The man’s players LOVED him. He was the proverbial coach that players would run through a brick wall for.
As a side note, Cowher’s background as a Special Teams Coordinator, could entice our current STC Dave Fipp to stick around. That means players like LB Byran Braman, FS Chris Maragos, and WR Seyi Ajirotutu would be well worth retaining. I remember the days of having one ST ace in former Eagle LB (turned local sportscaster) Ike Reese. I love the idea that we have three now. I’d love to retain them in meaningful roles.
I have no idea what it would take to land Cowher, but if it means we have to “pass the hat” down Broad Street, I’m all for it. I’m 100% in. What do you think?
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