Doug Pederson led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory only three years ago. That didn't stop Philadelphia from firing its head coach, a week after "Black Monday," after a disappointing, tumultuous season in which the team fell from NFC East champions to out of the playoffs at 4-11-1.
While Pederson ends his five-year tenure with the Eagles with a 46-39-1 record and three playoff trips, owner Jeffery Lurie and team officials dive late into the search for a new coach. Pederson's mismanaging of Carson Wentz, Jalen Hurts and the quarterback situation eventually cost him.
Now the Eagles will look for the best replacement hire with the Jets, Jaguars, Falcons, Texans, Chargers and Lions also going after the top candidates. Here's a ranking of the ideal targets for Philadelphia to interview:
1. Brian Daboll, Bills offensive coordinator
Daboll, 45, is on everyone's hot list after his bang-up job with Josh Allen. He's got big-time experience in the past with both Bill Belichick and Nick Saban. He's ready to make the jump as an organized leader and strong schemer. The Eagles need to fix quarterback, whether they are rolling with the skill set of Hurts or Wentz. Daboll could have a great influence on either/both as athletic passers.
2. Duce Staley, Eagles assistant head coach/running backs coach (age: 45)
The Eagles do have a strong in-house candidate to be elevated in the wake of Pederson's departure. The former Eagles' running back is well respected and liked by all the players. He's a good communicator and teacher. Staley can create some coaching continuity with a needed big boost in motivation.
3. Lincoln Riley, head coach, Oklahoma
The Cowboys and Riley, 37, didn't really become a consideration but don't sleep on their NFC East rivals. Would the potential to be reunited with Hurts, one of his star Sooners passing pupils, be enough to lure him from the college ranks, knowing his offensive mind would translate really well into the NFL? If the Eagles want to push hard for the Kliff Kingsbury route, this is the best possible solution for a long-term keeper.