If I was Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, I would have given the head coaching job to Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott this morning after his interview with Anthony Gargano on the 97.5 The Fannatic. He sounded like just what the doctor ordered.
He would set up standards for what it means to be a Philadelphia Eagle. He would develop relationships with the players, while pushing them to a hire level at the same time. McDermott wouldn’t need all model citizens, but he would be helping his players to grow as players and as men.
With the same players, the Eagles defense would be greatly improved under his leadership. McDermott learned how to pressure a quarterback and an offense from Jim Johnson.
The young defensive signal caller grew up in the area and he knows about the passion of Eagles fans. McDermott was an Eagles defensive back coach for about ten years during Andy Reid’s run with the team. He took the defensive coordinator position at a tough time and went down with a sinking ship.
He shrugged off the disappointment and went down to Carolina and built an outstanding defense for Panthers under Carolina head coach and former Eagles assistant Ron Rivera. For the last four years, the Panthers have been one of the top five defenses in the National Football League and that’s very impressive, when you consider that a great defense like the Seattle Seahawks can’t say that. This year the Panthers are 15-1 and headed to the playoffs because of Cam Newton and their defense.
“We came here five years ago and we put our first brick down and that’s where it all started”, McDermott explained to Gargano. “It starts out with a vision. We communicated the vision right from the start. And really just stressed a daily standard and how we wanted it to look. And in doing so we invested in people probably more than anything and established a winning culture. We put people in the building and players in particular that wanted to win. They were accountable. They were unselfish and high character individuals that above all else just wanted with and are tough.”
McDermott knows how important the Eagles are to this area. “I would love to see the Eagles recapture the magic”, he said a number of times.
Next up, the former Eagles coach talked about his philosophy of coaching and it was drastically different from former Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.
“Probably the biggest thing is from a leadership standpoint”, McDermott said in talking about the most important aspect of coaching. “The game is not about X’s and O’s. It’s bigger than that. It’s leadership and it’s about people. We’re not in the business of making doorknobs. We’re in the business of people. You’ve got to connect with people, In particular the modern athlete. There’s different things you’ve got to do as a coach and as a teacher these days to relate to the modern athlete.”
From what I have heard, McDermott hasn’t been scheduled for a sit down with the Eagles, but he is interviewing with the Browns. Hopefully, the Eagles sit down and talk to him because he sounds very promising. More importantly, the play of the Panthers defense shows he’s an outstanding coach.
No he isn’t…..
I wouldn’t have a problem with McDermott.
I am also intrigued by Ben McAdoo.
All I really care is that this coach comes in and tells the truth. 3/5th of the Oline including LT needs to be rebuilt (2 years min) Eagles need to draft a franchise QB (3-4 years) Eagles need a legit pass rushing terror and a shutdown corner (another 2-3 years)
Sit at that mike and say no more “win now” BS schemes. No more FA “solutions”. This team is going to put together a scouting dept. Draft well and develop a good young nucleus over the next 3-4 seasons.
The process will be slow, and early on, will be painful, but the result will be a team built to compete for championships over a long time frame.
Who will be the guy to do that?? Who knows. No one knows.
If Giants Hire someone else (Sean Payton) and Let Ben McAdoo go the Eagles would be fooling not to being him in… He’s a typical Coach from the PAckers which means his innovative, good communicator, well detailed and a good overall scheme.. I think I mentioned the other day that Ben McAdoo reminds a lot of Football people of a Young Andy Reid in his personality, attention to detail and overall work ethic and preparedness..
I really think that the Giants will name McAdoo their Coach on Thursday after Sean Payton decides to remain with the Saints or takes the 49ers Job..
Once Sean Payton situation clears up in 48 more Hours, the Jobs should start falling pretty quick …
Even if Payton wanted to come here, and you don’t know if he does, or doesn’t, You personally still wouldn’t want him…because you prefer mediocrity in coaching staff, and players….
You are truly a fool if you think fans are going to sit around and accept a Hinkie tank project with the Eagles…with Howie Roseman at the helm!
Forget it…its not going to fly…if the losses start piling we are going to call for heads again
The Eagles better get the right Coach that can help them win…and in a weak NFC East…we better starting winning next year!
If Sean McDermott could bring DE Kony Ealy with him, do you Hire him ?
no, he isn’t a innovative head coach – he’s a defensive coordinator.
Cliff, just curious as to why McDermott isn’t a good coach in your eyes. He has 17 years in the league and has guided and helped craft a top 10 defense over the past 4 seasons. I don’t know if he’s the answer or not, but I feel way better about him as an option than I did when we broke the bank for a gimmicky college coach, whose panacea was “we go fast” three years ago. If nothing else, Philly has always been about a nasty, physical, disciplined defense and I think he would bring that here. Even in loses, the opponent would know they were in a fight. Perhaps even not getting blown out on national TV by perrenial bottom feeders. I’ve read you like Peyton and I’m not going to disparage what he has accomplished as a head coach, I’d be OK if he were to come here as well. Keep in mind however, that he isn’t currently available and to get him would likely take compensation that we really can’t afford to give up (especially with no 2nd rounder to begin with). No ridiculous package of Brandon Graham and a 4th is going to get it done either. Not to mention we don’t have Brees on the roster and the Saints defense has been worse than the Eagles for the past several seasons, as if that was even possible.
I think Sean McDermott, is nothing but an emotional tie to the city, that the fans with absolutely no insight are clamoring for just because they are familiar with his name.
He isn’t ready to be a Head Coach. They were fortunate their division was so awful that they got in because they weren’t as bad as the rest, and you saw what the Eagles did to them last year.
He has done a fantastic job as the Defensive Coordinator of that team this year, but Luke Kuechly, Josh Norman, Thomas Davis, and other talent they have don’t play for the Eagles. In fact the overall talent, and depth of our Defense, is light-years away from where they were last year in my opinion.
He is a Coordinator only in my eyes, and have nothing personal against the man, but he isn’t the man for this job. The man for this job, if he had the authority would tell Howie to stick it…..so he’ll make sure he doesn’t get hired.
That doesn’t mean the Eagles won’t hire him, but be prepared 3 years from now, when change again is needed, and hear I told you so.
He wasn’t ready, and a lot of guys they’ll bring in aren’t ready, but they don’t see that because Donohue, Howie, and Mr. Lurie don’t know what they are doing, and the fans don’t know what they are asking for – worse than what we got with Chip. So, I say no to McDermott.
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Adam Gase will continue his tour of teams looking for a HC after meeting with the Eagles.. (not phillys first choice I’m told)
Gase heading to Miami for Interview Thursday then possibly with Detroit, Cleveland and the SF 49ers where he worked before his Broncos stop
I heard the interview. I really think this guy is the real deal. He reminds me of Jon Harbaugh. His resume is impressive and he’s a protege of Jim Johnson. He would bring back fear to this division. I pray Lurie pulls the trigger
I’m hearing Jon Gruden is the top choice at HC for the Eagles but we ‘ll see if he wants to leave the booth to take the job.. 2nd choice, Sean Payton…
Feelings are not Mutual as neither Gruden/Payton are Interested in the Eagles Job .. So keep your Ears to the Ground…
and that comes without a quoted fact from either man.
Gruden is past his better days as a coach. I don’t know why people even go there for him; He stunk for years before he went into television. What makes anyone think he can save this organization………His emotional ties to the city??
Yeah, that’ll win us a SuperBowl.
Gruden doesn’t fit the description Jeff Lurie gave for a head coach.
Gruden listens to no one… he is a close mined dictator. He is NOT a players coach by any stretch.
Roseman has a reputation in the league as a non-football guy. Not many good football people are willing to work with him. He is a number cruncher salary cap guru, but not a talent evaluator. The Eagles will never succeed with him and his ego interfering with real knowledgable football minds.
I love how fans are turning their venom to Howie roseman now.
I just don’t understand why. What moves has he made that have been shit? You could argue chip but my counter would be lurie fucked that up when he gave him gm duties (a “football guy” ) that had zero clue.
Howies first real draft seemed pretty good to me one of the better ones in recent years… I just don’t get it.
You don’t need to have played NFL football to be a football guy… Plenty of NFL coaches gms with super bowl experience aren’t “football guys”… I’d rather have some smart dude that knows talents and numbers as opposed to some meathead with no clue. Please with the football guy. I don’t know if Howie knows wassup or not but I can’t point to anything with him that tells me he is a disaster. So saying this football guy shit is just dumb and makes it seem like ur scared unless u can tell me why he sucks.
Jon Gruden never did shit with that bucs team besides winning a superbowl with a team he didn’t build. Tony dungy was the man behind those scenes back then. What happened to Tampa Bay after that championship with Gruden calling the shots?
Another overrated head coach is Sean Payton. The drew brees gamble helped him out and was genius since nobody else wanted to give him a chance cause of his shoulder. Having a top 6 qb of all time really helps.
But the past 4 years he has drafted and made worse personnell decisons then chip kelly did.
Keep pat shurmur as offensive cordinator and hire Duce Stayley, Sean mcdermont or some other defensive minded coach. Vrabel or wade Philips wouldn’t be a bad idea.
But keep Sean Payto . Doug marrone, and gruden out of here!!
Bill Cowher is the ultimate prize and desire for Eagle fans obviously
Sean Payton will be the new head coach of the new York Giants.
Any reason why billy davis isn’t fired yet?
Cliff, I don’t understand the “emotional tie” you suggest as it pertains to McDermott? He was a young, one and done defensive coordinator that had to fill the shoes of the revered JJ and was fired. On a losing team no less. What emotional tie does that create? McDermott looks to be a proven coordinator, who has earned a look as a head coach in my opinion.
The fact that he coached here Everz, and the fans are familiar with who he is – is what I mean by emotional tie, regardless of the circumstances of his last tenure here. For them it’s like Jim Johnson taking over for Andy Reid as Head Coach, to have him hired.
Some fans in Philly get emotionally tied to personalities connected in some way to Philly – except Kobe for some reason. That’s what I meant by that.
Jeff Lurie’s words notwithstanding, the Eagles will NOT hire a defensive Head Coach. They might not even interview one…. That’s my opinion…
McDermott would be just as good of selection as any of the other Coaches thrown around…the problem is simple…the Eagles front office is in pure disarray. Lurie is confused doesn’t know what he is doing.
The expectation that we will suddenly draft well with Howie the Accountant heading up the draft is pure delusion…to think this guy can turn the team around is foolish. After he was dumped by Lurie during the power struggle…they should have let him go permanently…Lurie kept this guy around…now…presto…he’s back in the mix!
We are in trouble…big trouble!
I like Hue Jackson myself, times yours.
I’m hearing Doug Pederson is very high on the Eagles list, he’s been groomed by former HC Andy Reid and appears to be ready for the job. Lurie may opt for familiarity and comfort over “hot name”
There’s little doubt that Lurie is going to Hire someone that he knows and is comfortable with and Trusts in terms of character and integrity , some of us have stated this from the get go so I wouldn’t be surprised to see the next HC come from a following Group
Staley, Shurmur, Pederson, McDermott and or even ST Coach Fipp… …
Yeah, I heard about Pederson last night from Sal Pal on 97.5. Is this your source Jon Hart?
Adam Schefter tweet:
Chiefs OC Doug Pederson expected to be a leading candidate for Philadelphia HC job, per sources. Pederson coached in Philly from 2009-12.
4:59 AM – 3 Jan 2016
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Jon Hart is the absolute best.
Jon Hart on Sept 5, 1939
“My sources tell me the Nazis intend to invade Poland”
Jon Hart on Dec 09, 1941
“My sources tell me the Japanese are preparing an attack on Pearl harbor”
Jon Hart on Nov 25, 1963
“My sources tell me President Kennedy should avoid Dallas”
Jon Hart on Sept 13, 2001
“My sources tell me something is about to happen in New York”
God love ‘im.
He went to buy a $5 foot long at subway but only had $4!!!!
JH Sources state the “the other $$$ for the $5 Ft Hoagie is to pay the Defense Fund of Former Spokesman Jared”..
Adam Gase getting 2nd interview with eagles this weekend
confirmed at 10:31 on BGN among other places– confirmed***
Ben McAdoo scheduled to interview with eagles Thursday
With Ben McAdoo Interviewing with the the Eagles, this tells me that the Giants are going outside their Organization for their next HC
I expect Sean Payton to become the next NY Giants Coach
Meanwhile, Ben McAdoo is a very highly thought of Coordinator and Future HC in the typical GB Packers Mold and reminds many around the NFL as a Young Andy Reid in terms of Personality, Preparation and his Attention to Detail and Communication Ability.. I like Ben McAdoo…
Eagles are talking to some quality Coach’s this time around ..
When is this DC Coach from Detroit Lions coming, Thursday ?
How about hiring McAdoo as the HC and bringing Coughlin in some sort of supervisory role….to advise Howie, and also mentor McAdoo a bit as HC.
Or else bring in Coughlin and McAdoo as a tandem HC/Assist HC with the idea of McAdoo taking over as full HC in 2 years?
If Bradford does not resign here and or Adam Gase does become eagles HC and doesn’t want Bradford, remember the name Brock Osweiler, he’s set to become a FA and Gase worked with him while with the Broncos… He could be a QB the Birds go after IF they hire Gase as the HC…
Wrong QB JH…
Adam Gase Worked with Tim Tebow when Tebow led the Broncos to that Dramatic OT win over the Steelers a few Year back…
Gase and Tebow are tied by the Elbow … Book It JH….
Tebowmania Returns …. Good Grief…
While I know nothing about either men, or their qualifications…..
I believe I would lean more toward a guy coming from a combination of GB & NYG over a guy who’s gone Det/Denv/Chic
Just me…but can we stay away from the dysfunctional franchises please…..
I want Ben Simmons oops wrong sport
Hahahaaa! What up Diddy!
Yeeeaaaa man if we get him were set for the next 10-15 years. Best prospect since Bron Bron
But I need to see him shoot a jumper and take some 3s from time to time
Btw he’s left handed but uses his right like his left
A rare rare talent
Doug Pederson will interview for Eagles HC vacancy next week
I’m hearing Calvin Johnson is considering retirement
Jon you have some golden sources….day late/dollar short
ESPN, NFL Network, CNNSI, Profootballtalk, Fox Sports, and Yahoo sports are all hearing that too. Surprisingly, before you!
Negoitiating PLoy by Calvin Johnson who is due to earn $16 Million in 2016
and would count $24 Million on the Cap Hit for the Detroit Lions which means he will be Released by March 1 unless they can work out a new extension
and No, Calvin Johnson, has little interest in Playing on the East Coast or Eagles and really wants to return south to Atlanta and finish out his Career and basically would take over the soon to Retire Roddy White’s Role for the Falcons.. So Let it be Written, So Let it be Done..
I’m also hearing that Eagles front office reps have spoken with Vinny Curry about bringing him back
Curry has never left the Eagles and is still under Contract until the Free-Agency Period Begins in March.. The Eagles are discussing an extension to keep him in Philadelphia and not to bring him back, for he never went anywhere…
You have to clean these things up JH or you forever will be posting from your
Basement of your Parent’s House.. C’Mon Man!!!
Lmfao @ Jon
Uhhhhh on the home page of this very site article #10, written Sunday January 3rd by Denny the headline reads:
“Eagles Reportedly Trying To Extend Fletcher Cox, Vinny Curry”
This is one of the most embarrassing Jon hart reports. Not as bad as u live blogged Johnny drunk was going to 29 teams on draft day
We already fired him.