Brian Billick: Why the Eagles Should Shock Everyone, Hire Former Ravens Coach

Chris Trapasso@ChrisTrapassoAnalyst IJanuary 14, 2013

Do it, Philadelphia Eagles.

Hire Brian Billick as your next head coach.

A league source told's Reuben Frank that "the Eagles interviewed Billick last week and now consider him among the leading candidates to replace his good friend, Andy Reid, fired two weeks ago after 14 seasons as head coach of the Eagles."

Philly, you should want this.

You need this.


Well, you've been spurned by three college coaches.

For reasons unbeknownst to the masses, former head coaches Lovie Smith and Mike Nolan interviewed and left the City of Brotherly Love without a contract.

Even NFL assistants Keith Armstrong, Gus Bradley and Mike McCoy have met with owner Jeffrey Lurie, and others are scheduled to interview as well.

Your city, loaded with ardent and outspoken fans and media members, needs a splash hire. That's how bad things got with the formerly beloved Andy Reid.

No, the soon-to-be 59-year-old Billick doesn't fit the NFL's young head-coaching movement, but that's OK.

His pedigree speaks for itself.

Yes, Billick technically would be considered a retread—he was fired in Baltimore after the 2007 regular season.

However, he compiled an 80-64 regular-season record with the Ravens, went 5-3 in the postseason and won a Super Bowl with Trent Dilfer as his quarterback.

His background is on the offensive side of the ball, something that should play into your hands, Philly. A skill-position nucleus of LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek is oozing with potential.

While Ray Lewis and a young Ed Reed aided Billick's success with the Ravens, one cannot ignore how dominant Baltimore's defense was with Billick as its head coach.

Guys like DeMeco Ryans, Fletcher Cox and Mychal Kendricks could be molded into stars with Billick at the helm.

He wouldn't bring a futuristic style of play to your adored Eagles franchise, but he'd bring vast experience and extensive football brilliance to your sideline.

Also, Billick has had time to see the NFL from an outsider perspective over the last five years. In all likelihood, he has a firm grasp on how to run a team in today's offensive renaissance, and good coordinators will want to coach under him.

After the accomplished tenure of Andy Reid turned sour, some of your fanbase probably wants a young guy.

But is someone like Keith Armstrong or Mike McCoy really ready to handle all the responsibilities and all the pressure that comes with being a head coach in the NFC East—and handle it well?

Anyway, is it really time to tinker with a first-time head coach?

Philly, you've done your fans right, exercising due diligence with an exhaustive coaching search.

The most sought-after candidates have come and gone.

Now, make an assertive move to embolden your organization and hire Brian Billick as your next head coach.