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Ranking the Eagles’ top coaching candidates to replace sacked Doug Pederson

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Doug Pederson led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory just three years ago. That didn’t stop Philadelphia from sacking its head coach a week after ‘Black Monday’ after a disappointing and tumultuous season in which the team went from NFC East championships to a playoff exit. at 4-11-1.

As Pederson ends his five-year tenure with the Eagles with a 46-39-1 record and three playoff trips, owner Jeffery Lurie and team officials are late on the hunt for a new coach. . Pederson’s mismanagement of Carson Wentz, Jalen Hurts and the quarterback situation ultimately cost him.

Now the Eagles will be looking for the best replacement with the Jets, Jaguars, Falcons, Texans, Chargers and Lions also chasing the best candidates. Here is a ranking of the ideal targets for Philadelphia to interview:

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1. Brian Daboll, Bills Offensive Coordinator

Daboll, 45, is on everyone’s hot list after his job with Josh Allen. He has extensive experience in the past with Bill Belichick and Nick Saban. He is ready to take the leap as an organized and highly scheming leader. The Eagles need to fix the quarterback, whether they ride with Hurts or Wentz skills. Daboll could have a big influence on both as sport passer.

2. Duce Staley, Eagles assistant head coach / running backs coach (45)

The Eagles have a strong internal candidate to raise following Pederson’s departure. The former Eagles running back is highly respected and loved by all players. He is a good communicator and teacher. Staley can create some coaching continuity with a much needed motivation boost.

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3. Lincoln Riley, Head Coach, Oklahoma

The Cowboys and Riley, 37, haven’t really become a consideration, but aren’t sleeping on their rivals NFC East. Would the potential of reuniting with Hurts, one of his star Sooners students, be enough to draw him from the college ranks, knowing his offensive spirit would translate very well in the NFL? If the Eagles want to push for Kliff Kingsbury’s road, this is the best possible solution for a longtime goalkeeper.

4. Eric Bieniemy, chief offensives coordinator

The Eagles shouldn’t want to give up entirely on Andy Reid’s tree, which has always been pretty good to them without Reid. Bieniemy, 51, who replaced Pederson and Bears coach Matt Nagy, as Reid’s closest man, has done an exceptional job with Patrick Mahomes. He’s been long overdue for a job, but there’s also a feeling he might not quit this wave either.

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5. Nick Sirianni, Colts offensive coordinator

The Eagles haven’t had the same kind of quarterback play since Frank Reich left the Pederson staff to become the Colts’ head coach. Sirianni, 39, has joined Reich after strong stints at the helm of all aspects of the offense for the Chiefs (before Reid) and Chargers. Reich has brought Sirianni well and they are in sync with offensive insight.

6. Brandon Staley, Rams Defensive Coordinator

Yes, Sean McVay can also produce young proteges who are not offensive. The Eagles can pass to the other side of the ball for their overall leader and that can be more critical with Jim Schwartz choosing to leave as defensive coordinator before Pederson is fired. This Staley, like Daboll, goes around the interview circuit with the other teams.

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7. Arthur Smith, Titans Offensive Coordinator

Smith, 38, spent a long time with the Titan staff and has proven to be a tremendous asset to Derrick Henry, Ryan Tannehill and the rest of the offense since the replacement of Packers head coach Matt LaFleur, as a seasoned Tennessee player last season. Here is yet another attractive candidate for Hurts and / or Wentz.

8. Mike Kafka, Chiefs quarterback coach

His name appeared as a sudden wild card due to being next behind Bienemy on Reid’s mighty offensive tree, working directly and bonding so well with Mahomes. The 33-year-old former Eagles quarterback has been well cared for by Reid. The Northwestern graduate is well versed in intrigue and can be an empowering player coach in the LaFleur mold.


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