After starting the regular season with a stellar 10-1 record, the Philadelphia Eagles lost six out of their last seven games, including Monday night’s humiliating playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
With the Eagles’ season ending on a sour note, there are questions about the coaching staff and head coach Nick Sirianni. Sirianni has led the Eagles to three straight playoff appearances and a Super Bowl in his short tenure with the organization. But fans are wondering if it's time for a new voice.
Below, we’ll discuss a few head coaching candidates the Eagles should target if Philly’s front office decides to part ways with Sirianni. It is a pivotal offseason for Philadelphia, and we shouldn’t expect Jeffery Lurie or Howie Roseman to sit around after a poor finish to a promising season.
1. Mike Vrabel
With the Eagles struggling mightily on defense this season, it wouldn’t shock me to see them go after a defensive-minded head coach. This season, Philly was ranked 31st in passing yards per game allowed (252.7), 10th in rushing yards per game allowed (103.4), and 30th in scoring defense (25.2 points per game allowed).
It was a disappointing performance from a unit that was one of the best last year under then-defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon.
If that’s the route Philadelphia wants to go, then former Titans head coach Mike Vrabel could be an answer to their issues. Vrabel was fired on Jan. 9 by Tennessee after spending six seasons with the organization. The 48-year-old Vrabel had a 54-45 record with the Titans and went to the playoffs three times.
This season, the Titans were 6-11 and failed to make the playoffs for the second straight year, which led to his dismissal. Tennessee’s offense wasn’t the greatest in 2023, but the defense was ranked 16th in scoring (21.5 ppg allowed), 13th in rushing yards allowed (107.7), and 18th in passing yards per game allowed (227.4).
If Vrabel were to come to Philadelphia, he would be tasked with getting this defense on track, which has playmakers on the defensive line and some talent in the secondary. However, he would also need to find an innovative offensive coordinator to help Jalen Hurts, as the style of offense he ran in Tennessee lacked excitement and flare.