It doesn't seem like a Jeffery Lurie move. Seemingly set on a coach from the college ranks or a coordinator, Lurie turned torwards experience. From the Chip Kelly's and Mike McCoy's to a guy named Lovie who just got ran out of Chicago. The same walking papers Lurie issued to that big red fella with the furry mustache, reminiscent of the Lorax. The Eagles coaching search continues.
Making the Reid and Lovie comparisons is not hard to do. While both have different strengths and weaknesses both coaches have followed similar coaching paths. Both have coached some successful teams, and led their respective team to a Super Bowl, only to come up short.
Lovie might not be on my list of top candidates but most of my top guys could very well be playing into late January. Finding the next head coach for the Birds is a matter that should be addressed as soon as possible. Lovie is definitely a name that intrigues me. From talking to other phans in Eagles Nation I see about a 50/50 split. Most are either all for it or all against it.
Love for Lovie? Here's 3 reasons Lovie should be the Birds next head coach:
1. Experience. He has a proven track record. Now that track record may look alot like Andy Reid, but Lovie is NOT Andy. In 9 seasons as the Bears head coach, they posted an 84-67 mark including the playoffs. 1 NFC title and a Super Bowl loss.
2. Defense. I grew up on Buddy Ryan, Reggie White, Jerome Brown, Wes Hopkins. Eagles football was known for an absolutely dominating defense!! I can remember watching Pro Bowls where all you saw were Eagles helmets on the NFC defense! When I think about what Eagles football is and should be all about I think about those days and Brian Dawkins, the late great Jim Johnson, and Jeremiah Trotter. Philly is a blue collar, gritty, tough town, and deserves a D that embodies that. A defense that intimidates and scares the crap out of opposing offenses. Lovie built that kind of D in Chicago and will bring that back to Philly. This defense is downright horrid and to me is of more concern than our offense. We gotta be defensive minded with our new coach.
3. Leadership: Lovie is a leader of men, a strong, effective leader. A coach who commands respect and gets the best out of his players. Playing with heart is something the Eagles haven't done lately. He coaced for 9 seasons in a big market city and will have no problem with Philly
3 reasons Lovie should NOT be the Birds next coach:
1. Offense ineptitude: in Lovie's 9 seasons with the Bears, they only had one top-15 offense. With a young QB and a young offense this is an issue that is of great concern. One of the reasons Lovie was let go in Chicago. If he can bring in a proven offensive coordinator it would quite those fears.
2. Retread: As quick as we were kicking Reid out the door, Kansas City was welcoming him in. Lurie has never been one to select ex head coaches and big names. Lovie is old news and bringing in a young, unproven coach might be the better route.
3. Unemployed: all of the Eagles candidates currently have jobs. Not that Lovie Smith doesn't have the resume to find another job, but he was fired for a reason.
So at the end of the day I wouldn't be angry about Lovie Smith being the Eagles next head coach but do not think he is the best option.
I'd like to see a young, unproven, defensive minded coach like Gus Bradley get the job. Just my two cents, Mr. Lurie.