The Philadelphia Eagles have made a surprising, but interesting, move, setting up an interview with former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith. The two sides will meet Thursday.
Smith was recently fired as the Bears’ head coach despite going 10-6, and since his initial 5-11 season, he’s gone 76-52 in eight seasons with the team making one of the most accomplished active coaches in the NFL. He made it to two NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl, where Chicago lost to the Indianapolis Colts.
Smith may not have made the best offensive decisions during his tenure (including starting Rex Grossman), but he transformed Chicago’s defense into one of the best in the league. They’ve consistently been one of the league’s top units, ranking in the top five in takeaways, total defense, and scoring eight out of his nine years.
That said, to succeed, Smith will need a good offensive coordinator. The Eagles won’t be able to recruit a star assistant like Mike McCoy to be their OC, but one option is Green Bay’s Ben McAdoo who’s been considered for the head coaching position.
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