NFL: 10 Guys Who Could Possibly Replace Andy Reid in Philadelphia

Jason KarlAnalyst IIIFebruary 9, 2011

NFL: 10 Guys Who Could Possibly Replace Andy Reid in Philadelphia

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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 21: Ellis Hobbs #31 of the Philadelphia Eagles is tended to after getting injured on a kickoff returns against the New York Giants as head coach Andy Reid (R) looks on at Lincoln Financial Field on November 21, 2010 in Philadelphia
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    Andy Reid is a solid coach, in fact he is probably a top 10 head coach in the NFL. That being said, the fact that some of these talented Philadelphia Eagles' rosters have never won a Super Bowl is just disheartening.

    Reid has gotten the team very close with five NFC Championship games, but the inability to get the team ready for those big games has been hurting the Eagles for a while.

    He is a poor motivator and has never heard of a great thing known as an "in-game adjustment." If the gameplan does not work, Reid does not have the slightest of clue how to adjust to opponents.

    If the Eagles underachieve next season, I could easily see the front office replacing him; especially after all the rumors about the dysfunctional relationship between the two, the longest-tenured coach in the NFL could be ousted.

    If Reid is fired, the Eagles' coaching job would be the most attractive job in football, so here are 10 candidates that could replace him 2012.

Jeff Fisher

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    INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 02: Jeff Fisher the Head Coach of the Tennessee Titans watches play during NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Jeff Fisher, the recently fired coach of the Tennessee Titans, has ties with the Eagles.

    When Buddy Ryan became the head coach in Philadelphia, Fisher promptly joined him as a defensive backs coach in 1985.

    When promoted to defensive coordinator, the Eagles' defense led the league in interceptions and sacks in 1989 and led the league in rushing defense and sacks in 1990 under Fisher.

    Fisher has a Super Bowl appearance and could be a solid choice to replace Reid.

Tony Dungy

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    PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 14: Tony Dungy speaks at a press conference introducing Michael Vick at the NovaCare Complex on August 14, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Vick signed a one-year contract, with a second year option, with the Eagles.  (Photo by La
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    This was a picture of Tony Dungy speaking about the Michael Vick signing to the Philadelphia media.

    Could we see this picture, but instead Dungy announced as head coach for the Eagles?

    Dungy has a similar personality to Reid. Both are very laid back during games and do not show their emotions on the field.

    Dungy already has one Super Bowl ring with the Colts, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 2002 Super Bowl team led by Jon Gruden, was virtually the same roster Dungy built in Tampa.

    Though he has repeatedly said he loves his job as an analyst at NBC, Dungy could definitely come out of retirement to reunite with his "student" Michael Vick.

Winston Moss

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    GREEN BAY, WI - 2009:  Winston Moss of the Green Bay Packers poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by NFL Photos)
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    Winston Moss is currently the inside linebackers coach for the Green Bay Packers and also the assistant head coach. When coach Mike McCarthy decided to make a defensive overhaul, he made sure he kept Moss.

    He is young and has experience with both the 4-3 and 3-4 defense, and even though this could be a risk, it's a risk the Eagles may never regret.

    Moss is very similar to a former Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator, Mike Tomlin. He is making a name for himself around the league and could be a top head coaching candidate next season.

Jon Gruden

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    ATLANTA - DECEMBER 14: Coach Jon Gruden of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers directs play against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on December 14, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    Jon Gruden was rumored to be the Eagles' next head coach, a rumor started by former Philadelphia fullback Kyle Eckel, who just, "wanted to have some fun with this."

    Gruden won a Super Bowl in 2002 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, beating his old team the Oakland Raiders.

    Though Gruden has not been known for his personnel decisions, his fiery personality is something the Eagles could use.

Brian Billick

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    SEATTLE - DECEMBER 23: Brian Billick of the Baltimore Ravens calls the play during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on December 23, 2007 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    Brian Billick won a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2000 with Trent Dilfer as the starting quarterback, and that is saying a lot! Obviously, that Ravens' defense was one of the best in NFL history.

    Billick is considered a great offensive mind and commits to the running game, unlike Reid.

    He is currently a color commentator for FOX, but has not ruled out the possibility of returning to the NFL.

Gregg Williams

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 31: Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams of the New Orleans Saints talks to the defense from the sidelines during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Louisiana Superdome on October 31, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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    Gregg Williams was considered a possible head coaching candidate for many teams.

    He is known for his aggression, especially with blitzes he creates for the New Orleans Saints' defense.

    Williams was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 2001-03, where he went 17-31.

Bill Cowher

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 17:   Coach Bill Cowher of the Pittsburgh Steelers watches his team against the Carolina Panthers December 17, 2006 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Pittsburgh defeated Carolina 37-3.  (Photo By Grant Halve
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    After 15 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bill Cowher finally won his first Super Bowl.

    He then promptly stepped down, giving way to Mike Tomlin. Cowher is an aggressive coach and could come back to coaching after his retirement in 2006.

    Cowher currently works as an analyst at CBS, but has been rumored to return to coaching the last few years.

    The Eagles could possibly switch to a 3-4 defense under his guidance.

Dom Capers

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    ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 01:  Defensive coordinator Dom Capers addresses the media during Super Bowl XLV Media Day ahead of Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 1, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Green Bay Packers
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    Dom Capers proved this year that he is the best defensive coordinator in the league.

    If the Packers did not make such a deep playoff run and win the Super Bowl, Capers would find himself with another head coaching job.  His aggression on defense and mastermind gameplans were key to the Packers' Super Bowl run.

    Capers was previously head coach of the Houston Texans from 2002-2005 and the Carolina Panthers from 1995-1998.

    If the Eagles do hire Capers next season, look for them to switch to a 3-4 defense.

Mike Holmgren

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    BEREA, OH - MAY 01:  Team president Mike Holmgren of the Cleveland Browns looks on during rookie mini camp at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex on May 1, 2010 in Berea, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    Mike Holmgren is the president of the Cleveland Browns and directs all player personnel.

    He considered coming down and coaching the Browns, but decided instead to hire Pat Shurmur.

    Holmgren has made three Super Bowl appearances; twice with the Packers, where he won once in 1996, and with the Seattle Seahawks in 2005.

    Holmgren could be exactly what the Eagles need at head coach.

Urban Meyer

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    TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1:  Coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators directs play against the Penn State Nittany Lions January 1, 2010 in the 25th Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    Most still believe Urban Meyer will come back to coaching. He will realize at his young age that staying at home with the family is not that entertaining.

    Meyer could coach in the NFL in 2012. He is a hot coaching commodity after every season in Florida, and if he did not decide to cut his coaching career short, there would me multiple NFL teams contacting him for their head coaching job.

    Meyer was linked to several coaching jobs, including the Broncos earlier this offseason.