Eagles Rumors: UC's Luke Fickell a 'Good Fit' for PHI; 'Hot Name' in NFL Circles

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2021

Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell works the sideline during an NCAA college football game against South Florida, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Cincinnati. No. 8 Cincinnati's game at Tulsa on Saturday has been postponed because of positive COVID-19 tests among Bearcats players. The American Athletic Conference announced Thursday, Oct. 15, the game is being rescheduled for Dec. 5. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster, File)
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Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell has emerged as a "hot name" in the search to fill the current NFL coaching vacancies, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

La Canfora reported some around the league also see Fickell as a "good fit" for the Philadelphia Eagles after they fired Doug Pederson.

Fickell is fresh off guiding the Bearcats to a 9-0 record in the regular season prior to their loss to Georgia in the Peach Bowl.

To see the 47-year-old linked to the NFL is a bit surprising because he didn't have a decorated pro career (injured with New Orleans before being released), nor has the Ohio native spent any time in the league during his coaching career (college stops at Ohio State, his alma mater, and Akron).

The Eagles might be a tough spot for anybody right now, too.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Jan. 3 that Carson Wentz planned to ask for a trade because his relationship with Pederson was "fractured beyond repair." Perhaps Pederson's departure solves the issue of Wentz's trade request, but there could still be a tricky dynamic between Wentz and Jalen Hurts.

Jim Trotter of NFL Network also explained general manager Howie Roseman exerts a lot of influence behind the scenes:

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Sooner or later, Fickell will probably leave Cincinnati as the team's achievements in 2020 also underscored the program's limitations. The Bearcats were never seriously in contention for the College Football Playoff semifinals, and their defensive coordinator, Marcus Freeman, just left to take the same role at Notre Dame.

If Fickell is eyeing up a move to the NFL, then he may want to think long and hard about whether going to Philadelphia would set him up to succeed.