Pros and Cons of Each Potential Andy Reid Replacement for Philadelphia Eagles
While Reid's job is not certain to be up for grabs, the writing seems to be on the wall for the man in charge since 1999.
So, who are the prime candidates for the job and what do they each bring to the table?
Let's break down the pros and cons of five possible replacements for Reid in Philadelphia.
Jack Del Rio
Jack Del Rio has a great history as a defensive coordinator and has helped the Denver Broncos boast one of the NFL's best defenses in 2012. He has nine years of head coaching experience and knows his way around a sideline.
Del Rio has also coached a dual-threat weapon in David Garrard, so he knows about mobile QBs.
Even though Del Rio has head coaching experience, he was largely unsuccessful with the Jacksonville Jaguars. During his nine years in Jacksonville the team was terribly mediocre and made the playoffs just twice.
Del Rio would not be the type of exciting hire that ignites the fanbase, and his defensive style would have little to no benefit for an offense in need of a new direction.
Brian Kelly is one of the hottest names in the collegiate ranks, and for good reason. He has had success everywhere he has been (Central Michigan, Cincinnati and Notre Dame) and demands respect from his players.
Kelly also coaches an exciting spread-option attack that would be new to the NFL.
Kelly has never coached in the NFL and his exciting offensive style has never been tested in the pros.
It is a scary proposition to turn to a coach with no pro experience and an offense that some would consider "gimmicky." However, the fact that recent college coaches have a track record of quickly returning to the NCAA (Steve Spurrier, Bobby Petrino and Nick Saban) is downright frightening.
There are a plethora of "pros" that come with bringing in Bill Cowher. He has a Super Bowl ring on his finger and won 149 career games with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Cowher is a proven winner that never had locker-room issues with his team or any type of resentment from his players. The fact that he coached a mobile QB in Kordell Stewart has to be considered a bonus.
While Cowher has won 149 games, he also has not coached since 2006. The ground-and-pound offensive philosophy that he used in the Steel City would be ill-suited to the speedy Philadelphia roster and would take awhile to implement.
Cowher has been a popular name for numerous jobs in recent years, but the fact that he has not returned to coaching yet shows that he is waiting for the perfect opportunity. Will he rush to the Eagles' situation?
Chip Kelly tiptoed around the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vacancy last season, but his interest in the NFL this year seems more serious. He has proven to have the ability to make the most of whatever talent he is presented with and has seen tremendous success with the Oregon Ducks.
Philadelphia is desperate for a new direction and a Kelly-led offense would provide just that. The Eagles have the type of speedy players (Vick, McCoy and Jackson) that would lend themselves well to his speed option attack.
Kelly has never coached at the professional level and his offensive style has never seen great success in the NFL. In other words, his cons are largely the same as the other Kelly on this list.
Because of Kelly's penchant for offense, the Eagles' defensive failings would largely go unaddressed and Philadelphia may get caught up in an expensive bidding war for a coach that may not be the right man for the job.
In many ways, Jon Gruden is the ideal candidate for the Eagles. He is (just) under 50, has a Super Bowl ring to his credit and has been highly sought after since splitting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in '08.
Gruden was an offensive coordinator for the Eagles in the mid-90s, so he knows the franchise and the area. He is considered a smart coach that is well respected by the media, fans, coaches and players.
Plus, with Gruden back on the sidelines, no one would be subjected to hearing him on Monday Night Football anymore.
Hiring Gruden may turn off some people who are hoping for a clean separation from everything Andy Reid-related. Gruden has strong ties to Reid and has undoubtedly been influenced by him throughout the years.
Gruden has also been away from coaching since 2008.