By Henry Aldridge
So, the Eagles are just three days from firing coach Doug Pederson, and they are trying to hire someone who is competent, experienced and crazy enough to accept a dynamic that includes:
A snowflake of an owner who knows nothing about football or business;
A general manager who knows nothing about talent-spotting;
A quarterback situation that includes one guy who is desperate to leave and another who has yet to prove he can lead his team; and
A salary cap situation that may preclude attracting any free agents.
The last time the Eagles were in this kind of a mess was 1963, when the team was sold to Jerry Wolman, QB Sonny Jurgensen was traded to Washington and it took more than a decade to turn it around, thanks to Dick Vermeil.
Multiple outlets are reporting that the Eagles are interested in speaking to Ohio State coach as a replacement for Pederson. Day was previously the quarterbacks coach for the Eagles under Chip Kelly in 2015.
Day’s name was also brought up as the Jacksonville Jaguars began their coaching search, which has yet to be filled, but their leading candidate appears to be former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.
Day is 23-2 with the Buckeyes in his two years as head coach and he’s developed Justin Fields into a likely first round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft in April.
He has one of the most coveted jobs in America and his only two losses are to Clemson and Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinals and national championship game. He’s bringing in perhaps the best recruiting class in the country with the Class of 2021, and so far the Class of 2022 for Ohio State is running circles around the rest of college football.
Here is the latest in the Eagles’ coaching search:
49ers DC Robert Saleh
Titans OC Arthur Smith
Buccaneers DC Todd Bowles
Patriots ILB coach Jerod Mayo
Eagles assistant head coach/RB coach Duce Staley
Oklahoma HC Lincoln Riley
Chiefs QB coach/passing game coordinator Mike Kafka
Ohio State HC Ryan Day