Fresh off Tampa Bay’s 30-20 win at New Orleans in the NFC divisional playoffs, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is set to interview for the Philadelphia Eagles heading job on Monday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

With Bowles’ defense holding the Saints to 20 points and forcing four turnovers, including three interceptions of quarterback Drew Brees, his stock may never be higher than it is right now.

The Eagles fired head coach Doug Pederson after five seasons – just four years after winning the team’s first and only Super Bowl in 2017. After two years of back-to-back 9-7 seasons following the Super Bowl win, Pederson’s Eagles battled a plethora of injuries in a 4-11-1 campaign in 2020 that saw a quarterback controversy emerge between starter Carson Wentz, who was benched for poor play, and rookie Jalen Hurts, the team’s third-round pick. The Eagles are 35-33-1 with Wentz as the starter and 11-3 without him.

Pederson was fired because he wanted to move on from Wentz with Hurts as the starter, and owner Jeffrey Lurie wants Wentz, who signed a four-year, $128 million contract extension with $107.9 million in guaranteed money, in the mix as the starter for 2021. Pederson benched Hurts in the second half of the Week 17 loss to Washington in a move that many perceived to be a tank job for a better draft pick with the loss.

According to reports in Philadelphia, the new head coach needs to be on board with keeping Wentz, who reportedly wants out of the organization, although that won’t happen due to a massive cap hit that would result in millions of dollars worth of dead cap room.

Bowles, who hails from Elizabeth, New Jersey, which is an hour and a half away from Philadelphia, played his college football for Bruce Arians at Temple University in Philly. Bowles spent one year with the Eagles in 2012 on Andy Reid’s staff as the secondary coach and interim defensive coordinator before Reid was fired at the end of the season.

Bowles is one of several candidates the Eagles have an interest in, joining Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Philadelphia running backs coach Duce Staley, and New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels among others, according to Bowles was supposed to interview with Detroit on Friday after initial interest from the Lions, but both sides decided to cancel that interview.

The Bucs will travel to Green Bay to face the Packers in the NFC championship game on Sunday. NFL Championship point spreads are almost always tight and the Packers are currently four-point favorites over the Bucs. Tampa Bay rallied from an early 10-0 deficit to beat Green Bay 38-10 in Week 6, as Bowles defense picked off Aaron Rodgers twice and sacked him five times.

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Pete Wood
6 months ago

So, Wentz doesn’t want to stay in Philadelphia, Hurts did a better job, and the last coach got fired for not wanting Wentz in the starting role? The only person who wants Wentz is the owner. Sounds like a ##$# dream job for a coach. Working with an owner that can’t listen to reason, his coaches or his players. Bowles ought to jump on this.
And, just a side note, would it really kill Philadelphia to wait until after the playoffs to interview coaching candidates. I’d really prefer that Bowles be focused on the Packers right now.

Reply to  Pete Wood
6 months ago

That’s what I keep saying, teams should have to wait until the entire season is done before pulling coaches away from important playoff games. The Eagles job sounds like a huge mistake for any coach to take. What team fires a coach after a Super Bowl, 2 winning seasons and then one losing one? That sounds like a do or die winning season kind of job and they’re ready to fire you at the drop of a hat. Plus being forced to play a below average overpriced career backup quality QB would be a nightmare.

Reply to  Spitfire
6 months ago

San Francisco 49er did the similar thing by firing Jim Harbaugh — for not “Wining with class”? remember that?

Reply to  Pete Wood
6 months ago

I’d really prefer that Bowles be focused on the Packers right now. — Agreed, I know it is an off day, but is one less day for Bowles to prepare and concentrate. Horrible rule.

6 months ago

It’s a mess right now, but that still an organization you interview for. The last 3 coaches have all been more success than any hire the lions, chargers, or Jets have made this century

Buc on the Move
6 months ago

I thought there was a rule they couldn’t interview till they were out. That’s what I kept reading about Bienamy, I thought.

Reply to  Buc on the Move
6 months ago

If the owner wants Wentz to play, then I would hire Josh McDaniels as the coach. I think Detroit might be a better fit for Bowles.

6 months ago

If I was Bowles, I’d stay one more year with the Bucs! U have a chance at something special here, at least for one more year with Brady coming back for one more year. Ur young defense is gaining experience and starting to gel.

Reply to  bucballer
6 months ago

You would think everyone would want to stay. Next year should be an even better all around year for us if we can keep the team together and even improv on it. This year and next may be the best chance for any of these coaches to win a championship. After that there will be no shortage of job offers, here or anywhere else.

6 months ago

Isn’t it just a bit comical that when Wentz had some early success the media, Jeffrey Lurie and the Eagles fans were slobbering all over themselves to the point that Mr. Laurie couldn’t wait to stroke a big check. Now that Wentz has lost his confidence and couldn’t lead a depleted team to a few more wins, the fickle fans are ready to give up on the youngster for Jalen Hurts, who did give the team a short-lived spark. Will he succeed or go the way of guys like RG3? At least Jason Licht and the Glazers took more of… Read more »