Why the Eagles are interested in McDaniels
Zack Berman, Eagles Beat Writer: McDaniels is an experienced offensive coach who has been in demand in recent years. He accepted the Colts job in 2018 before retiring and staying in New England. So the interest is understandable given McDaniels’ reputation and creativity in designing and prosecuting crimes that have developed over two decades in New England. Most of McDoniels’ success came with Tom Brady in quarterback – McDaniels have not finished in the top half of the league in DVOA in the four seasons he calls a game without Brady – so the Eagles will probably have to take that into account.
They will also have to determine how McDaniels has changed since Broncos̵
Why this could be a controversial move
Bo Wolfe, Eagles Beat Writer: McDaniels would be something of a controversial hire. His tenure as head coach of the Broncos ended before his second full season and included a video scandal. He had little offensive success without Brady, and he gave up the Colts’ head coaching job, which paved the way for Frank Reich’s departure from Philadelphia. And, of course, no one is less popular in Philadelphia than the Patriots. So, hiring him would be difficult to sell, but the Eagles wisely cast a wide net.
What kind of coach is Lurie looking for?
Berman: Lurie showed a preference for attacking coaches, who according to Lurie can develop a quarterback. His last three coaching appointments (Doug Pederson in 2016, Chip Kelly in 2013 and Andy Reed in 1999) fit that description and even called for plays when he came to Philadelphia. He did not hire a defensive coach after Ray Rhodes in 1995.
However, after the dismissal of Pederson, Luri suggested that the mercenary should not be an offended coach. He said that the coach should “be a leader of coaches, a leader of players”. The famous interviews of the “eagles” already include two coaches in defense. Still, Luri writes that he expects the Eagles to receive the top 5 crimes. Unless there is a plan for a defensive coach to attract a dynamic offensive coordinator, Luri is likely to attack.
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