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Report: Eagles Interviewed Brian Billick

In one of the more interesting developments of the Philadelphia Eagles head coaching source, it has been reported that Jeffrey Lurie and Co. interviewed NFL on FOX commentator Brian Billick this past Monday. The interview reportedly lasted “upwards of eight hours”.

Billick with his team’s Lombardi Trophy.

Billick, 58, last coached in 2007 as the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. In nine seasons with the Ravens, Billick went 80-64 (5-3 in the postseason) and made four playoff appearances, including a Super Bowl XXXV championship. His Ravens were AFC North champions twice.

Billick is an offensively-minded guy, having been the offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings before taking the Ravens job. He drafted and started developing QB Joe Flacco, but his teams flourished thanks mostly to their defenses, led throughout his tenure by excellent defensive coordinator Rex Ryan.

This news is troubling for two reasons: 1) Billick may have a Super Bowl ring and coaching experience, but he’s just another offensive guy who would need a great defensive coordinator to succeed. That sounds a lot like Mike McCoy, and unlike McCoy, Billick has been out of the league for five years now, 2) The Eagles interviewed Billick before Jon Gruden, a tougher, younger, and more energetic option. Gruden also has more experience as a head coach.

At this point, it’s clear who the Eagles are interested in: Billick, Seattle’s Gus Bradley, Denver’s Mike McCoy, Indianapolis’ Bruce Arians, possibly Atlanta’s Mike Nolan.

Feel free to leave your thoughts on the Eagles coaching situation below.

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Categories: Beat Writing, Eagles

Author:Manav Khandelwal

I am the founder of Khandyman Sports, and follow all Philadelphia pro sports teams religiously. I also write for the Hoop76, covering the Sixers for ESPN, and am a credentialed Flyers reporter for Main Line Media News.

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