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January 04, 2016

A recap of the Eagles' head coaching list, which is reportedly into double digits

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Jeffrey Lurie demonstrates how he intimidates potential head coaching candidates during the negotiation process with karate chops.

Three years ago, before the Eagles hired Chip Kelly, they interviewed a lot of head coaching candidates. They may do that again this time around. Let's recap each name they've been tied to so far.

Duce Staley, Eagles running back coach

The Eagles confirmed that Staley interviewed with the team last week. He served as the team's running backs coach from 2013-1015. Going from coaching four or so players to 53 would be an enormous leap in responsibility, however, interviewing Staley makes sense. He was recently a player in the NFL, and has a understanding of the dynamic between the players and coaching staff, which is something that owner Jeffrey Lurie noted as an important quality in the next head coach. At a minimum, Staley can provide insights into went right and what went wrong during the Chip Kelly era in regard to player-coach relationships.

Pat Shurmur, Eagles interim head coach

The Eagles announced that Shurmur interviewed with the team on Monday. He, of course, served as Chip Kelly's offensive coordinator the last three seasons, and then as the Eagles' interim head coach for one game, a win, over the Giants Week 17.

Adam Gase, Bears offensive coordinator

It has been reported that Gase, the Bears' offensive coordinator, will interview in person with the Eagles on Tuesday, per ESPN's Chris Mortensen. We wrote about Gase at length the morning after Chip Kelly was fired.

Gase got his first offensive coordinator job in 2013 with the Broncos under defensive-minded head coach John Fox. In Gase's first season running the offense, Peyton Manning had arguably the best year of his slam-dunk Hall-of-Fame career. 

Here is where Manning's 2013 numbers ranked against himself during his 18-year NFL career:

 Peyton Manning 2013Stat Rank 
 Completion percentage68.3% 
 TD passes55 
 Interceptions10 T-2 
 Interception percentage1.5% 
 Yards per pass attempt8.3 T-2 
 QB rating115.1 

Manning's numbers understandably dipped a bit in 2014. After Fox and his staff were fired after the 2014 season, Manning's numbers fell off a cliff, as he has thrown for 9 TDs vs 17 INTs in 2015.

Fox and Gase landed in Chicago this season, where they began to get to work and Jay Cutler and Co. Again, under Gase, Cutler had easily the best season of his career. Here is where Cutler's 2015 numbers ranked against himself during his 10-year NFL career:

 Jay Cutler 2015Stat Rank 
 Completion percentage63.9% 
 Yards per game243.9 
 TD passes20 (proj) T-5 
 Interceptions (min 12 games)
 Interception percentage1.7% 
 Yards per pass attempt7.4 T-3 
 QB rating92.8 

More impressively, Cutler's season was without stud wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who was traded to the Jets, and first-round pick Kevin White, who was lost for the entire season with a shin injury.

Doug Pederson, Chiefs offensive coordinator

Adam Schefter reported on the Eagles' interest in Pederson, which was later squashed by Derrick Gunn of CSN Philly.

After Andy Reid was fired by the Eagles after the 2012 season, he landed in Kansas City. He brought Pederson with him, making him the Chiefs' offensive coordinator, where Pederson has served since. The Chiefs' offensive rankings from 2013 to 2015:

Stat 2013 2014 2015 
 Yards per game  21 25 25 
 Passing yards T-24 29 28 
 Rushing yards10 10 
 Points per gameT-6 16 
 TurnoversT-2 T-4 

Over the last three years, the Chiefs' numbers are very consistent. They are a running team with overall unimpressive numbers, but they do a tremendous job limiting turnovers. That may have more to do with what Alex Smith is as a quarterback than it is an indication of what Pederson is as a coordinator.

Teryl Austin, Lions defensive coordinator

The Eagles' interest in Austin was reported by ESPN's Chris Mortensen on the air on ESPN, which was transcribed by Brandon Gowton of BGN

"Last night, [the Eagles] had a telephone conversation with Adam Gase, who is the Bears offensive coordinator. They’re interviewing Pat Shurmur, their interim head coach, today. They will interview Teryl Austin, the Lions defensive coordinator. They will interview Gase in person. They will interview Doug Marrone who is the assistant head coach/offensive line coach of the Jaguars, former Buffalo Bills head coach. And there’s a long list from there. The list runs about 10 or 12 deep."

Austin's success came in 2014:

Stat 2014 2015 
 Yards per game 18 
 Passing yards 13 15 
 Rushing yards19 
 Points per game23 
 TurnoversT-8 T-27 

Doug Marrone, Jaguars offensive coordinator

The Eagles interviewed Marrone the last go-round, as noted by Gowton:

The Eagles interviewed Marrone before he got hired by the Bills in 2013. The 51-year-old Marrone went 15-17 in two years with Buffalo before he actually decided to opt out of his contract following the 2014 season due to Buffalo's change in ownership. Marrone spent the 2015 season as the assistant head coach and offensive line coach of the Jaguars.

Marrone led the Bills to their lone winning season in the last 11 years, when the Bills went 9-7.

Sean Payton, Saints head coach

Paul Domowitch reported that Payton was the Eagles' top candidate.

With two years and $17 million left on his contract, the Saints aren't going to fire him, even though the team finished 7-9 this season and failed to make the playoffs for the third time in the last four years.
But there are have been indications that both sides might be ready to part ways. As Fox Sports' Jay Glazer pointed out Sunday, though, the Saints likely would want compensation from the team that hires Payton. The price he mentioned was a second-round pick.

If only the Eagles had a second round pick.

Ben McAdoo, Giants offensive coordinator

Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reported that the Eagles have interest in McAdooTommy Lawlor of wrote up McAdoo's appeal:

The biggest selling point for me in regard to McAdoo is his work with Eli Manning. We all know the saying that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks. McAdoo got Eli to completely change his game. Eli just set personal records for TD passes and QB rating this season.

Dirk Koetter, Buccaneers offensive coordinator

Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reported that Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is on the Eagles' radar.

Koetter joined the Bucs last year, their offense went from 30th overall in yards to fifth, with a rookie quarterback. Here are the Bucs' stats in 2014 vs 2015 under Koetter:

Stat 2014 2015 
 Yards per game 30 
 Passing yards 25 17 
 Rushing yards29 
 Points per game29 20 
 Turnovers31 T-22 

Of course, 60% of the Bucs' yards this season came against the Eagles Week 11.

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