Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Jordan Hicks joins Merrill Reese on PFR

Mike Quick, Moi, Merrill ...
Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks joins Merrill Reese and yours truly from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday night at Chickie's and Pete's, Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia, on Pro Football Report. 

The show airs on WBCB 1490-AM and 610-AM radio.

Hicks should have a cursory idea of where he fits into the defense of Jim Schwartz, the new coordinator.

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Pederson, other coaching candidates emerge

Good seats available 10 minutes before kickoff.
Doug Pederson, who introduced Donovan McNabb to the NFL, is on the list of candidates the Eagles plan to interview for their head coaching job, per a source.

Pederson is offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs. Head coach Andy Reid, not Pederson, calls the Chiefs plays.

Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley was the first to interview for the head coaching opening in the wake of the firing of Chip Kelly.

Pederson, 47, quarterbacked the Eagles in 1999, the year they took McNabb off the board with the second overall pick.

McNabb took over the starting job before the end of the year and Pederson was released the following training camp.

The Eagles also plan to interview, per sources Hue Jackson, offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, Dirk Katter, offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase.

The Eagles spoke with Koetter about the head coaching job they gave to Kelly, who was fired Tuesday with two years left on a five-year $32.5 million contract.

The list of coaching candidates could grow Monday when other teams decide to go in another direction from their coaching staffs.

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Eagles interview Duce Staley

The Eagles announced Saturday that they interviewed running backs coach Duce Staley for the head coaching position that opened when they fired Chip Kelly.
Duce Staley might be the guy who does this next year ...

At the least Staley would seem to satisfy owner Jeff Lurie's criteria of relating to today's players and understanding what it takes to be part of the organization's passion.

Staley played 10 seasons in the NFL, the first seven with the Eagles, who took the South Carolina running back off the board in the third round of the 1997 draft.

Lurie, at the news conference following the dismissal of Kelly, verbalized what he sought in his next head coach.

“You’ve got to open your heart to players and everybody you want to achieve peak performance,” Lurie said. “I would call it ... a style of leadership that values information, all the resources that are provided and at the same time values emotional intelligence.”

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