The Philadelphia Eagles have reportedly interviewed Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady for their head-coaching vacancy, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, after parting ways with Doug Pederson earlier this week.
Per that report, the 31-year-old Brady has "interviewed for nearly every opening this circuit."
The Eagles have also reportedly shown some level of interest in the following coaching candidates:
- San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh
- Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll
- Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day
- New England Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles
- Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith
- Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley
- Eagles assistant head coach/running backs coach Duce Staley
Brady would be a high-risk, high-reward hire. Like Sean McVay before he became the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, Brady is considered a rising star in the coaching ranks and a cutting-edge offensive mind.
His ascension has been rapid. He started as the linebackers coach at William & Mary (2013-14) before becoming a graduate assistant at Penn State (2015-16). He then worked as an offensive assistant for the New Orleans Saints (2017-18) and LSU's passing game coordinator in the team's national championship season in 2019, with quarterback Joe Burrow winning the Heisman Trophy that year.
Brady was hired to be Carolina's offensive coordinator for the 2020 season, though the team finished just 5-11 and was 21st in yards per game and 24th in points.
Philadelphia is a fascinating opening. The team moved on from Pederson just three seasons removed from the first Super Bowl title in franchise history. It seems likely the next head coach will be tasked with either fixing Carson Wentz, who was dreadful in 2020, or developing Jalen Hurts in the event Wentz happens to be traded.
Either way, the Eagles are in a period of transition, with an older core of players that will need to be replaced in the coming years. While the Eagles have some intriguing young talent, an infusion of difference-makers is desperately needed. If the Eagles were going to take a chance on a young, potential star-in-the-making coach, now would be a logical time to do so.