PHILADELPHIA – The Eagles added two more names to his growing list of candidates to replace Doug Pederson as coach, according to reports.
The Eagles have requested and obtained permission to interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, The Athletic reported On Saturday, as the team also requested permission to interview Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, NFL Media reported Saturday.
McDaniels, 44, is scheduled to speak with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie of Florida on Sunday and has already started recruiting potential staff, The Athletic reported.
McDaniels has spent most of his coaching career working for Bill Belichick in New England. Belichick’s proteges have historically had limited success in head coach concerts. McDaniels joined the Patriots in 2001 as a staff assistant, and he became the team’s offensive coordinator in 2006.
McDaniels left the Patriots to coach the Broncos at age 33 in 2009, but was fired from 12 games in the 2010 season with an 11-17 record. He was the Rams’ offensive coordinator in 2011, but returned to New England in 2012.
The 2020 Patriots offense was poor after quarterback Tom Brady left for the Buccaneers.
Interestingly, McDaniels’ name was dropped by Lurie at his press conference after he fired Pederson.
“We didn’t know we were going to lose Frank Reich, but all of a sudden it happened when Josh turned down this job and kicked off a whole – so you have to be aware,” Lurie said. “You always have to have your plan in advance with which you can move forward. There are a lot of good candidates. We will be thinking both inside the box and outside the box. I just want to say that there will be no rush here.
Lurie was referring to three years ago when McDaniels retired from the Colts job at the last minute, which sent Indianapolis scrambling. In the end, the Colts hired Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich, who is 28-20 with two playoff appearances in three seasons as the Indianapolis coach.
Given how difficult it can be to root his success out of Brady, McDaniels may not necessarily be the most inspiring candidate, but it would be interesting to see how he handled his second chance at a position. head coach more than a decade after his debut.
Bieniemy, 51, has been widely regarded as the top candidate for two consecutive cycles, but he was not hired last year and, so far, does not appear likely to get a job this year. But he has a lot of connections with the Eagles.
Bieniemy played for the Eagles in 1999 – by the way, he was a teammate with Pederson – and has been on Andy Reid’s coaching staff in Kansas City since 2013. He has been the offensive coordinator – the same position as Pederson occupied before being hired by the Eagles – for the last three seasons.
While it can be difficult to assess someone who results in an offense starring stars like Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, Bieniemy is more appreciated in this position than Pederson was when he was. hired by the Eagles.
Bieniemy interviewed for the other six openings. The Eagles will be seventh, but the ability to meet Bieniemy in person will depend on the Chiefs’ progress through the playoffs.
Lurie said he was prepared to wait until February to hire a coach, if necessary.
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