When Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson survived Black Monday, most assumed his job was safe. But rumors of a disconnect between Pederson and ownership continued to grow louder as the week progressed.
Fast forward to Monday afternoon, and the Super Bowl-winning coach has officially been fired.
Though the Eagles are now a week behind the other teams with openings, here are three of the most likely replacements for Pederson.
3. Brian Daboll, Offensive Coordinator, Buffalo Bills
Brian Daboll has been with Josh Allen since he entered the league in 2018. Under Daboll's watch, Allen has gone from a tantalizing, raw prospect into a guy that looks like a legitimate MVP candidate for the next decade. Regardless of whether it's Carson Wentz or Jalen Hurts at the helm, Daboll's experience developing young passers makes him a great candidate for this position, as both players feel like solid fits in his scheme.
2. Brandon Staley, Defensive Coordinator, Los Angeles Rams
If Philadelphia wants to shore up the other side of the ball, Los Angeles Rams' DC Brandon Staley would be a great fit. He built the league's best scoring defense thanks to studs like Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey and Leonard Floyd. Philadelphia's triumvirate of Fletcher Cox, Darius Slay and Brandon Graham might not be quite as talented, but they'd certainly allow Staley to implement a similar scheme. And with the Eagles surrendering 26.1 points per game last year (No. 20 in the NFL), Philadelphia could use a lift on defense. Few coaches would provide a bigger one than Staley, who took the Rams from the No. 17 scoring defense in 2019 to No. 1 in 2020 in his lone year with the team.
1. Arthur Smith, Offensive Coordinator, Tennessee Titans
Arthur Smith's Tennessee Titans are coming off a devastating Wild Card loss to the Baltimore Ravens, but that shouldn't change his reputation around the league. Smith has been magnificent as Tennessee's OC, and it's no surprise every team with an opening has shown an interest in him. In two short seasons, he completely revitalized Ryan Tannehill's NFL career, transforming him from a bust into one of the most efficient passers in football. It's not too difficult to imagine him doing something similar with Wentz. And on the other hand, Smith did an excellent job taking advantage Tannehill's mobility, suggesting he'd work wonders with Hurts as well. We also know what he's done with Derrick Henry and the running game, suggesting he'll maximize Miles Sanders and the rushing attack regardless of whose under center. That would be a huge help for either signal-caller.
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