Speaking to the media this week following the firing of head coach Doug Pederson, owner Jeffrey Lurie said that Duce Staley would be considered for the opening.
Now, Staley will get his second chance at landing the job.
Staley has officially been asked to interview for the head coaching opening, and the process of setting up the interview has begun, according to SportsRadio 94WIP’s Howard Eskin.
“I would expect Duce Staley to be a candidate,” Lurie said on Monday. “He’s a great representative of the Eagles and knows our values. I would expect him to be part of the search, as well.”
The former running back has been coaching with the Eagles since 2011, starting as a special teams quality control coach before being moved over to running backs coach in 2013, a title he has held ever since. Staley did interview for the head coach opening in 2016, but didn’t get the job. He had the title of “assistant head coach” added in 2018 when he was passed over for the offensive coordinator job.
Whether Staley will truly be considered remains to be seen. He would have plenty of reason to believe he won’t be, considering the Eagles have interviewed him before for the job and didn’t hire him, and have passed on multiple chances to make him the offensive coordinator.
Still, there is no doubt Staley has support for the job. Multiple players, current and former, have come out publicly and endorsed Staley for the job. There is no doubt Staley has the personality to be a head coach — the question is whether his lack of play calling experience on either side of the ball will hurt his chances. Also no helping is the fact that Staley doesn't have experience coaching quarterback, a crucial skill for whoever is named either head coach or offensive coordinator.
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