I GUESS I'M glad the Eagles seem to be excited about Adam Gase, who will return for a second head-coaching interview this weekend, according to an NFL Network report — if the Miami Dolphins don't hire Gase first, which a CBS Sports report says they'll try to do.
Gase, the Chicago Bears' offensive coordinator, is the hottest name on the 2016 NFL coaching market; four teams have scheduled interviews with him. Gase was in Cleveland Wednesday, a day after an 8-hour interview with the Eagles. Reports indicate he'll meet with Miami Thursday and the New York Giants on Friday.
You can look up quotes from all sorts of people extolling Gase; read enough stories and you wonder how in the world he isn't already a head coach, even if he is just 37. Peyton Manning has called him "the smartest guy I know." Jay Cutler said recently that as injuries ravaged the Bears' offense this past season, Gase could still find "a way to get guys open and put us in a situation to win." And in fact, the 49ers were said to be close to hiring Gase a year ago, but he wouldn't agree to make Jim Tomsula, who eventually got the job, his defensive coordinator.
Like most of the reporters trying to follow this story, I've never really met Gase and have no idea, really, what kind of head coach he'd be. Hiring Gase presumably would go a ways toward keeping Sam Bradford interested in sticking around, and without Bradford, going forward, what was 2015 all about, exactly?
It's hard for me to get past the fact that it was just three years ago that the same search team the Eagles are using now chased and eventually caught the biggest fish in the 2016 coaching pond, Chip Kelly. And you could find just as many people praising Kelly to the heavens. The Eagles' braintrust of Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and Don Smolenski certainly was excited to hire him.
Gase can be as smart as he wants, but continuity is a huge factor in NFL success, and the Eagles are going to be turning their entire organization inside-out again, once they hire Gase or whomever. Remember, Kelly and his pick to run personnel — Ed Marynowitz, hailed as yet another bright young man, just a year ago — are both gone, and when the 2016 draft is done, if not sooner, all the lame-duck scouts and support people will pack up and depart.
Lurie made it sound last week like senior director of player personnel Tom Donahoe was coming out of semiretirement to work fulltime under Roseman, but since then, the team has let it be known that is not the case, that there will be a personnel hire to be made at some point.
I'm sure this atmosphere will absolutely ensure the tremendous draft the Eagles so badly need, whatever the identity of the coach.
Why are the Eagles doing this again, already? I blame Lurie, and his attachment to Roseman. And I'm not sure any coaching hire can keep the cycle from repeating again in another three years, or less.
A year ago, coming off his second 10-6 season, but having missed the playoffs, Kelly asked Lurie to give him complete control over personnel and to exile Roseman from the football operations department.
Roseman was and is the person in the organization closest to Lurie, so you have to wonder about Kelly's sanity even in attempting this, but he did, and it sort of worked. But not really.
At the time, Lurie pretended he'd totally cast his lot with Kelly and the "all-encompassing vision" the coach presented. Putting Roseman in charge of things like equipment and the training staff made the former general manager a social-media punch line.
We know now, from what Lurie said and did last week, that his heart was always with the "collaborative" approach to personnel he'd announced when Kelly was hired, that he will reinstall with the new coach. And his heart was still with Roseman, now firmly back in charge.
If Lurie had stood up to Kelly a year ago, demanded he keep working within the structure he'd been hired under, the coach might have left. Would the organization be in a worse place than it's in today? Lurie would have looked bad, would have been widely ripped by people who thought Kelly was on the right track, probably including me.
But the Eagles presumably would have still had LeSean McCoy, and probably Jeremy Maclin, maybe Evan Mathis and Brandon Boykin. We don't know if they would have traded Nick Foles and a second-round pick for Bradford. Though I think they should go forward with Bradford, that second-round pick also is a valuable commodity.
Basically, Lurie let Kelly tear up his team and his organization in 2015, harboring misgivings the whole time. A source close to the situation has said Lurie wanted Kelly to fire his chief of staff, James Harris, a year ago, at the same time Lurie was telling us how great all this was going to be.
It didn't make a big splash when I reported it last week, but the only other people fired the day Kelly was fired were Harris and Kelly's other locker-room emissary, director of player engagement Marcus Sedberry.
A team source has said Lurie was talking about "taking back" his team before the Eagles were eliminated from playoff contention. He couldn't even wait for the end of the season to fire Kelly, and put Roseman back in charge.
When Adam Gase, or Doug Pederson, or some other guy — Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo apparently will interview Thursday — is introduced as the Eagles' new coach in a week or two, by all means, embrace the new coach's plans and ideas. But remember that Lurie and Roseman will have a lot to do with whether he succeeds.
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