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Adam Schefter makes bold prediction about Carson Wentz’s future

Carson Wentz

The Philadelphia Eagles supposedly made it clear to prospective head coaches during their interview process that they are committed to Carson Wentz, but is there still a chance the quarterback could be traded? The most connected NFL insider in the business believes there is.

Schefter discussed the Wentz situation during a Wednesday morning appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic. He was asked if the Detroit Lions sending Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams for Jared Goff and several draft picks means a Wentz trade is more likely this offseason. While Schefter does not believe that trade will have any impact on Wentz, he is confident the Eagles will trade the former No. 2 overall pick if the right offer comes along.

“If I had to guess, I would guess he is traded. That would be my guess,” Schefter said, as transcribed by Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation. “At some point this offseason. But, again, they’re not looking to get rid of him. They’re not.

In other words, the Eagles are not actively looking to trade Wentz. Schefter said they will be content to hold a QB competition between Wentz and Jalen Hurts this offseason, but it seems obvious that the phone lines are open. One of the issues could be that Philly wants “strong compensation” for a quarterback who was horrendous in 2020.

“I would say they want a minimum of a first-round pick,” Schefter added. “And that’s the issue, if you are a team that is thinking of trading [for him], are you willing to give up a one? A one plus? Are you wiling to do that for Carson Wentz? You tell me.”

Wentz has yet to comment publicly on the reports that he is unhappy with the Eagles. New head coach Nick Sirianni recently shared some thoughts on the QB situation, and Wentz probably isn’t thrilled with what he said.

New Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni addresses QB situation

Carson Wentz

Nick Sirianni’s most challenging task as Philadelphia Eagles head coach could be overseeing a quarterback competition, but he insists he is up to the task.

Sirianni was officially introduced as the Eagles’ new head coach on Friday. Naturally, he was asked questions about Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts. He praised both players and said naming a starter “hasn’t even crossed my mind.”

“We have two quarterbacks in Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts that are top notch,” Sirianni said, per ESPN’s Field Yates. “A lot of teams don’t have any. I’m excited to work with both of them.”

Sirianni also said he had a good conversation with Wentz, but he would not commit to the former No. 2 overall pick remaining with the Eagles.

It is probably safe to assume Wentz will be back. The Eagles reportedly reiterated to prospective head coaches during their search that they are committed to Wentz. There is also a belief that Doug Pederson was fired in part because his relationship with Wentz was strained.

The Eagles signed Wentz to a contract extension that included $107 million in guaranteed money prior to the 2019 season. You can understand why they don’t want to give up on that, and the feeling appears to be mutual.

Nick Sirianni hired as head coach of Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles logo

The Philadelphia Eagles have found a new head coach.

Former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni has reached an agreement to become the next head coach of the Eagles, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported.

Sirianni, 39, was the OC for the Colts for three seasons from 2018-2020. He worked as an offensive assistant for the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs before that. He joined the Colts as part of Frank Reich’s staff after working with Reich in San Diego.

The news comes as somewhat of a surprise, as Sirianni was not really mentioned as a head coaching candidate this offseason. Of course, the Eagles’ offseason has already been filled with surprises, as most did not expect them to move on from former head coach Doug Pederson.

The Colts ranked 10th in the NFL this season with 378.1 total yards per game. They were ninth with 28.2 points per game, so you can understand why Sirianni had appeal for Philly.

Sirianni’s hire continues a trend of young offensive coaches landing head coaching jobs. The Eagles are hoping he’ll have the same type of success that Matt LaFleur has enjoyed in Green Bay and Sean McVay has had in Los Angeles.

Kellen Moore to interview for Eagles head coach job

Kellen Moore

Kellen Moore recently signed an extension with the Dallas Cowboys to remain their offensive coordinator, but he is suddenly a candidate for an NFL head coaching job.

The Philadelphia Eagles requested permission last week to interview Moore for their head coaching vacancy, and the Cowboys granted that permission. Moore was scheduled to interview for the job on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Moore had reportedly accepted the head coaching job at his alma mater Boise State before changing his mind and signing an extension with the Cowboys. He openly said he was interested in the job, but the belief is that he met with Jerry Jones and was convinced to remain in Dallas. Some have even wondered if Jones told Moore he will be the head-coach-in-waiting, which is what happened with Jason Garrett before he became the head coach of the Cowboys.

The Eagles got a bit of a late start with their head coaching search, as many were surprised they fired Doug Pederson. Moore was not considered a candidate for any other NFL head coach jobs prior to signing an extension with Dallas.

Moore is not the only well-respected offensive coordinator who is in the mix for the Eagles job.

Josh McDaniels to interview for Eagles head coach job

Josh McDaniels

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels may be getting a second shot as an NFL head coach.

According to Bo Wulf and Zac Jackson of The Athletic, the Philadelphia Eagles are set to interview McDaniels for their vacant head coaching position on Sunday. McDaniels has even begun the process of sounding out potential members of a coaching staff if he is hired, though this will only be his first interview with Philadelphia.

The 44-year-old McDaniels would be a controversial hire for many reasons. Eagles fans don’t particularly care for the Patriots. Plus, there’s the matter of McDaniels infamously backing out of the Indianapolis Colts job three years ago after initially accepting it.

McDaniels hasn’t had a ton of interviews in recent years, in part because of his pickiness. The Eagles have a long track record of being a solid organization with recent success, though, which could attract McDaniels. The question some Eagles fans are probably asking is whether he’s worth trying to attract.

Eagles appear committed to Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz

Despite a number of issues both on and off the field, it sounds like the Philadelphia Eagles are prepared to give Carson Wentz another shot at being the team’s quarterback.

According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the Eagles are telling head coaching candidates in interviews that they believe in Wentz and would like him back in 2021. The Eagles had hoped to be talking to Wentz by now and discussing what it would take to get both sides in sync for 2021, but the coaching search has delayed those talks.

Garofolo does note that the team’s next coach, whoever it may be, will have a significant say in Wentz’s future and how he is used.

This is interesting, as there had been some thought that either Wentz or the Eagles would seek out a move prior to the start of the 2021 season. The team’s coaching change appears to have altered that thinking significantly. Wentz is by no means guaranteed to return to the starting role ahead of Jalen Hurts, but it does appear that the team wants to give him a second chance under a new coach.

Eagles looking to interview Kellen Moore for head coach job

Kellen Moore

Kellen Moore turned down the Boise State head coaching job to remain with the Dallas Cowboys as offensive coordinator, but could he suddenly have an opportunity to become a head coach in the NFL?

The Philadelphia Eagles have requested permission to interview Moore for their head coaching vacancy, ESPN’s Todd Archer reports.

Moore had reportedly accepted the Boise State job before changing his mind and signing an extension with the Cowboys. The former Boise State quarterback openly said he was interested in the job, but the belief is that he met with Jerry Jones and was convinced to remain in Dallas. Some have even wondered if Jones told Moore he will be the head-coach-in-waiting, which is what happened with Jason Garrett before he became the head coach of the Cowboys.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie may have been the only one who wanted Doug Pederson gone, which appears to have left the organization scrambling for a replacement.

Moore, 32, had not been part of the NFL head coaching conversation prior to the Eagles expressing interest. It still seems unlikely that he would take the job after signing an extension with Dallas, but he’d be crazy to not consider it.

Reporter shoots down Ryan Day to Eagles rumor

Ryan Day

A reporter shot down a rumor about Ryan Day possibly being a head coach candidate for the Philadelphia Eagles.

On Wednesday, NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark reported that Day would be a name to keep an eye on for the Eagles job.

Day just completed his second full season as Ohio State’s head coach and has gone 23-2.

FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman says that the rumor is “not true.”

Day was also mentioned as a possible name to watch for the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, a subsequent report said Day was not interested in any NFL jobs.

That’s probably a good idea. Day has been able to take over for Urban Meyer, who handed him the keys to a luxury sports car. The 41-year-old still has a lot to master in college before thinking about the NFL.

Sean Payton trolls Eagles with savage quote

Sean Payton

The Philadelphia Eagles struggled through an incredibly disappointing 2020 season that ended with their head coach being fired, and New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton does not want the media comparing his team to the one that finished with just four wins.

The Saints have made some special teams signings this week to protect themselves from potential COVID-19 issues. Philadelphia did something similar at the start of the 2020 season when they signed Josh McCown to their practice squad. When a reporter mentioned that, Payton was sure to point out that the Saints aren’t trying to do anything like the Eagles.

“Yeah, we’re not looking at the Eagles for any model,” Payton said, via Jeff Duncan of The Athletic.

It’s worth noting that Payton and Doug Pederson are close friends. That may have something to do with why Payton took a shot at the Eagles, who just fired Pederson three years after he led the team to a Super Bowl title.

We should also mention that one of Philly’s four wins this season came against the Saints a month ago, though none of that matters now. New Orleans is preparing to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, while the Eagles’ head coaching search does not appear to be off to a great start.

Payton is known for his petty troll game, among other things. Those who know him won’t be surprised by his Eagles remark.

Eagles ‘scrambling’ to find replacement for Doug Pederson?

Doug Pederson

The Philadelphia Eagles have found themselves in search of a new head coach after Doug Pederson was surprisingly fired, and it sounds like many within the organization were not prepared for the task at hand.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network said Tuesday that the Eagles are “scrambling” to find a new head coach. The belief is that team owner Jeffrey Lurie is the only one who actually wanted to move on from Pederson.

“They are scrambling right now. They didn’t expect to be having a coaching search,” Garafolo told 97.5 The Fantatic. “The owner who dictated the firing of (former offensive coordinator) Mike Groh last year, didn’t like who Doug wanted this year. My read on the situation is that Lurie was the only one who wanted him fired.”

Garafolo mentioned several coaches who could be candidates to replace Pederson, but he noted that the Eagles could be “a little late to the party” on some of them. Potential candidates include Todd Bowles, Eric Bieniemy and Mike Kafka.

It’s also possible that the Philly job could be viewed as less desirable than some others because Pederson was ousted three years after winning a Super Bowl.

“Nationally people are going to look at it like the team ran a Super Bowl winning head coach out of town,” Garafolo said.

Reports have indicated Pederson’s job was safe heading into Week 17. The coach then benched Jalen Hurts in favor of Nate Sudfeld, which was a move that left many Eagles players furious. One veteran player publicly defended Pederson, but it’s possible the situation created a locker room divide.

A lot goes into a head coaching search, and Lurie appears to have left his front office staff in a very difficult spot.