This time of year some franchises have championship aspirations, while others are hitting the reset button.
I love the the art of the rebuild.
People always say "I hate to see anyone lose their job" but I love to see teams make changes when they are warranted. At the end of the day, this isn't your neighborhood mail man; there are only 32 of these prestigious jobs.
I also love when owners and general managers make asinine decisions.
Here are the current openings with potential candidates, and how the hirings could affect the Eagles.
New York Giants
Possible candidates: Matt Patricia, Jim Schwartz, Josh McDaniels, Steve Wilks
How this affects the Eagles: Obviously this hire will effect the Eagles the most. Jim Schwartz could be their guy.
Prediction: Matt Patricia
The Giants should have the pick of the litter. Patricia makes a lot of sense for the Giants. Plus, whatever Adam Schefter says, usually goes.
Possible candidates: Matt Patricia, Steve Wilks, Teryl Austin, Mike Vrabel
How this affects the Eagles: The lions are always on the cusp of being really good team. A bright mind may be able to make them a contender.
Prediction: Steve Wilks (Carolina D coordinator)
I feel that they are leaning toward a defensive mind. If Schwartz ends up in New York, Patricia would be the guy here.
Possible candidates: Josh McDaniels, John Defilippo, Pat Shurmur, Matt Nagy.
How this affects the Eagles: People in Chicago believe that the 2018 Bears could be the 2017 Rams, if they can hire the next McVay. The Eagles could potentially lose their quarterback coach to the Windy City.
Prediction: John Defilippo
I can't see McDaniels taking this job, unless he loves Trubisky. The Bears need a bright young offensive mind, and Defilippo fits the bill.
Possible Candidates: Pat Shurmur, John Defilippo, Mike Munchak
How this affects the Eagles:Another possible landing spot for Defilippo.
Prediction: Pat Shurmur
The former Eagles offenisve coordinator deserves another head coaching opportunity. Both Case Keenum and Sam Bradford are free agents. I could see Shurmur bringing his boy Sam Bradford with him to Arizona as a stop gap.
Possible Candidates: Josh McDaniels, Dave Toub, Matt Nagy, Kris Richard
How this affects the Eagles: Nagy and Toub both coahced with Doug Pederson in KC. The Eagles play the Colts in Philadelphia next season.
Prediction: Dave Toub
From everything I read Toub, the current special teams coordinator in KC, is going to be a head coach at some point. I think McDaniels would be the best option, but their GM is said to be a fan of Toub.
Prediction: Jon Gruden
I don't know how this will ultimatley turn out, but it should be a lot of fun if/when it does happen.
Coaches who should have also been fired...
If the Eagles lose Schwartz..
Some names to watch:
Jack Del Rio
If he Eagles lose Defilippo..
I think he will be a solid head coach, but guys will be lining up to coach Carson Wentz. I think the Eagles will survive.