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Two new names emerging for Eagles’ vacant head coach job

Carson Wentz, Eric Bieniemy, Jalen Hurts, Eagles coach

The Philadelphia Eagles requested permission on Saturday to interview New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels along with Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy for the NFC East club’s vacant head-coach position, per NFL.com and ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

 

After being one of the lead candidates for the Cleveland Browns’ head-coaching vacancy last offseason, McDaniels had yet to interview for a coaching job this offseason. According to reports, McDaniels has begun gathering his coaching staff in the event that he does land the coaching job.

Earlier in the week, it was reported that Jerod Mayo, New England’s linebacker coach, was one of 11 candidates interviewing for the Eagles coaching position. This came as a surprise since Mayo has only been an NFL coach for two years. Now both New England assistants will be considered for the role.

For Bieniemy, his interview is still to be determined because the Chiefs are in the postseason, competing against the Browns on Sunday.

If the Eagles settled on Bieniemy, he’d be a celebrated choice among fans as the right-hand man of Andy Reid, who remains popular in the city. 

With the rise of Jalen Hurts and the status of Carson Wentz, who is still under contract through 2024 and doesn’t want to be a backup quarterback, the first order of business for whoever gets the gig would be to designate a QB1.

That only is a tricky situation because, at the end of the day, a team goes as far as their quarterback can take them. Choosing Wentz could lead to a plethora of salary-cap casualties. Choosing Hurts can put the pressure of winning on a quarterback who may not be ready to be the face of the franchise. Either way, choosing the wrong quarterback will immediately cause the locker room to quickly lose faith in their new head coach.