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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.

Jeffrey Lurie floats interesting name as Eagles head coach candidate

Philadelphia Eagles logo

The Philadelphia Eagles suddenly have a very interesting head coaching job available, and owner Jeffrey Lurie is already thinking about who is going to fill it.

Speaking to the media Monday after the firing of Doug Pederson, Lurie said he wants to look for the best minority candidates as part of his search. One name he specifically mentioned: Duce Staley, a former fan-favorite running back for the Eagles who currently serves as the team’s assistant head coach and running backs coach.

Staley has been on Lurie’s radar for a while. He actually interviewed for the Eagles’ job when Pederson was originally hired.

It’s clear that the Eagles think highly of Staley as a potential head coach. He was given the chance to serve as the interim head coach when Pederson contracted COVID-19 in August, and he has nearly a decade of experience on the staff. He’s definitely a name to watch as this search gets underway.

Here’s what Eagles firing Doug Pederson means for Carson Wentz’s future

Carson Wentz

The Philadelphia Eagles fired head coach Doug Pederson on Monday, and many are wondering if Carson Wentz could be the next to go. However, the big move could actually mean there is a better chance of Wentz remaining with the team in 2021.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that Pederson’s firing “significantly increases” the odds that Wentz will return to the Eagles next season. That would seem to indicate that some of Wentz’s frustrations with the team stemmed from his relationship with Pederson.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media had a similar report Monday. He said Wentz would not have wanted to remain in Philadelphia had Pederson returnd.

Wentz was benched for poor play this season, but second-round pick Jalen Hurts didn’t do much to prove he is ready to be a full-time NFL starter. Hurts threw three interceptions and just one touchdown in Philly’s last two games of the regular season, and Pederson benched him in favor of Nate Sudfeld in Week 17. That decision may have led to a locker room divide and also been a factor in the Eagles firing Pederson.

Wentz should have an opportunity to earn back his starting job if he remains with the Eagles this offseason. There was once a time he was playing at an MVP level, and it’s possible Eagles executives believe he’ll benefit from a new coaching staff coming in.

Doug Pederson fired as head coach of Eagles

Doug Pederson

The Philadelphia Eagles have added themselves to the list of teams looking for a new head coach, as Doug Pederson has been fired.

Pederson met with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie on Monday to discuss his future with the franchise, and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that the coach has been let go.

While it recently became obvious that Pederson was on the hot seat following a tough season, the move is still a surprise. The 52-year-old led the Eagles to a Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots just three years ago.

A report prior to Week 17 claimed the Eagles were planning to bring Pederson back, but that game may have changed things. Pederson benched Jalen Hurts in favor of Nate Sudfeld late in Philly’s loss to Washington. While the Eagles were already eliminated from playoff contention, some felt they were tanking in order to improve their draft position. Players were said to be furious about it and needed to be restrained from going after Pederson.

One Eagles veteran defended Pederson’s decision to play Sudfeld, while another was highly critical of it. It’s possible that situation led to a locker room divide, which made Lurie’s decision easier.

Pederson finishes his career in Philadelphia with a regular-season record of 42-37-1 and playoff record of 4-2.

Report: Doug Pederson’s job with Eagles not safe

Doug Pederson

The Philadelphia Eagles had an ugly 2020 season that fittingly ended with a tanking controversy, and now there is talk that they could wind up searching for a new head coach.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on “Sunday NFL Countdown” that Doug Pederson’s status as head coach of the Eagles is “not firm.” Mortensen said he and ESPN colleague Tim McManus were told Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie is concerned about the current state of the franchise.

“Pederson could be out if owner Jeffrey Lurie is not confident about Pederson’s vision going forward after the two meet again soon,” Mortensen said. “Lurie’s concerns extend well beyond Carson Wentz.”

This is not the first time this season that we have heard that Pederson is on the hot seat. The coach even acknowledged it early in the year, though a report prior to Week 17 claimed the Eagles are planning to bring him back.

Of course, we still don’t know exactly what happened in that Week 17 game. Pederson benched Jalen Hurts in favor of Nate Sudfeld late in Philly’s loss to Washington. While the Eagles were already eliminated from playoff contention, some felt they were tanking in order to improve their draft position. Players were said to be furious about it and needed to be restrained from going after Pederson.

One Eagles veteran defended Pederson’s decision to play Sudfeld, which could indicate there is a locker room divide. If that is the case and Lurie feels the issues can’t easily be resolved, he could decide to bring in a new head coach.

Eagles trying to convert QB Tyree Jackson to tight end

Tyree Jackson

The Philadelphia Eagles are getting creative with Tyree Jackson and hoping it pays off.

The Eagles are signing Jackson to a futures contract and moving him from quarterback to tight end, NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero reported on Thursday.

Jackson was a quarterback for Buffalo in college. He passed for 28 touchdowns and 12 interceptions as a junior in 2018. He was among the quarterback prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft but went undrafted before signing with the Bills.

Jackson spent time with the DC Defenders in the XFL last year before that season was shut down.

Some apparently see the 6-foot-7, 250-pounder as a comparison to Logan Thomas.

Jackson has been a quarterback throughout his career, so this would represent a big change.

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Jim Schwartz stepping down as Eagles clean out coaching staff

Jim Schwartz

Jim Schwartz shared a statement on Thursday in which he said he was stepping down as Eagles defensive coordinator. The announcement came as the team made several changes to its coaching staff.

Schwartz, 54, served as the team’s defensive coordinator since 2016. His defense was No. 4 in points allowed in 2017 but slipped to No. 20 this season.

Here is the statement Schwartz released:

Eagles reporter Jeff McLane says Schwartz was unlikely to be retained if he did not step down. The Eagles are also not bringing back offensive helpers Rich Scangarello and Marty Mornhinweg, per McLane.

Schwartz’s defenses typically rank among the top half of the league, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he landed a gig with another team.

All the changes are no surprise given the Eagles had one of their worst records in years at 4-11-1.

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Kurt Warner defends Eagles for giving Nate Sudfeld an opportunity

Kurt Warner

One of the best backups in NFL history defended the Philadelphia Eagles for giving Nate Sudfeld an opportunity to play in Week 17, which differs from the chorus of critics.

Kurt Warner, who came from the Arena Football League, played in NFL Europe in 1998 and won NFL MVP a year later. He shared just how valuable it was for him to throw 11 passes in the Rams’ final game of the 1998 season.

Warner went against the narrative that the Eagles were doing something wrong by playing Sudfeld in the fourth quarter of their game against Washington.

Warner also made the argument that Sudfeld deserved the chance to have some playing time in Week 17.

Warner offers some great points and argues the other side quite well. The issue is it wasn’t a meaningless game; there were playoff implications. The rest of the Eagles players all were busting their rears. And you could argue that Doug Pederson and the Eagles owed it to their players and the rest of the NFL to give it their best shot at winning. If the Eagles felt Sudfeld gave them a better chance of winning than Jalen Hurts, then Sudfeld would have been starting over a month ago.

The timing of the quarterback switch did not dictate a change. Philly was only down by three. And by the same argument, did Hurts not deserve the opportunity to see if he could pull off a comeback? These are all reasons why some players reportedly had to be restrained from going after Pederson.

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