I am not really too keen on the idea of Tom Coughlin being the head coach of the Eagles.
His age doesn’t bother me as much as the fact that I don’t think he is that great a coach. I know he has two Super Bowl rings, but somehow it doesn’t feel like those came because of great head coaching.
I believe he would absolutely be a stabilizing force in the locker room and the organization, and that seems important to Jeff Lurie right now, but I will be watching suspiciously how he operates on game day.
That said, I am even more disillusioned by the Philly beat writers. I believe guys like Les Bowen and Rueben Frank are excellent journalists and I respect their opinions, but it feels like they are being just as reactive as they are accusing the Eagles front office of being.
There is no need to fuel the fan fire that the Eagles are lagging behind just because Miami picked the flavor-of-the-day and the Browns made a hire. Seriously, the fact that Hue Jackson jumped at the Browns offer shows exactly how many other offers he had, doesn’t it?
We all also know if the Eagles had hired Adam Gase right after interviewing him, the same beat writers would be ripping the front office for moving too quickly. After all, they have been telling us how “uninspiring” the list of candidates is from the start.
So the Eagles aren’t necessarily lagging. There is an equal chance they are simply being careful with a franchise that is the heart of the city.
So beat reporters, please take a breath. With a 24/7 Twitter news cycle and immediate blog posts, you are part of the observer effect. You are not just reporting news anymore but shaping the opinion, which comes with greater responsibility.
Welcome to the quantum physics of sports.