CHIP Kelly was fired before any other NFL head coach this year, which should have given the Eagles a considerable jump on getting the guy they wanted to lead this team back to being able to win playoff games, and contend for and win a Super Bowl. And yes, I’m already mentioning winning a Super Bowl. (Envision your goal and chase it relentlessly. Otherwise don’t be mad when some other city gets your parade.)
My point is that unless the guys (both GM and Head Coach) that Jeff Lurie wants to hire are still on the staffs of playoff teams, we should have already had one or both of those positions filled by now. And if the guys he really wants are still on the staffs of playoff teams, then the interviews we’ve been hearing about are just bullshit.
Personally aside from current RB’s coach Duce Staley, no one they’ve looked at so far even warrants raising an eyebrow. My prayer is that we stay as far as we can from fools gold. Adam Gase is a great example of HC fool’s gold.
Gase spent last year as the architect of a dreadful (ranked 23rd in scoring and 21st in yards) Bears offense. For two years prior to that, he was in Denver where he sat back and did whatever, as QB Peyton Manning was given as much free reign as any player, in any pro sport, on God’s green Earth. (This may be why once Gase got to Chicago, we all found out that he can’t actually coach offense.)
If I could sit down with Lurie for a cup of coffee, I’d tell him that I don’t want Doug Pederson. I don’t want any coach exported from Cincinnati. I don’t want Tom Coughlin. If we could get him out of mothballs, my ultimate dream would be Bill Cowher, and I’ve said as much. But with that being unlikely, I’d prefer a defensive guy like Wade Phillips. Or now that he’s on the market, Lovie Smith. And no, I still have no interest in Rob Ryan.
That all said, unless there’s a candidate that they’re really serious about hiring soon, it’d be better for all involved if the bullshit interviews came to an end. Where is the sense in wasting time, money, jet fuel and stirring up the fan base over what so far have been some really “Meh” inducing candidates?
The more they do this interview carousel, the more firing Kelly looks like Lurie’s knee-jerk reaction to that “Richard Pryor on fire from free-base” press conference that Kelly had a couple weeks ago. For the record, I don’t think his firing was a knee-jerk reaction, but this exhaustive search for Kelly’s upgrade is making the firing look less than well thought out.