Bringing Lovie Smith On Board Would Be Huge Mistake For Philadelphia Eagles

By Dan Parzych
(Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

After parting ways with Andy Reid following a disappointing 4-12 season and failing to lure Chip Kelly away from the Oregon Ducks, the Philadelphia Eagles continue their search for a new head coach this week for the 2013 season. There are still numerous candidates who seem like they would be a good fit to take over as head coach for a team that appeared to be Super Bowl contenders on paper, but there’s one head coach the Eagles need to avoid at all costs–Lovie Smith.

Philadelphia has scheduled an interview for the former head coach of the Chicago Bears on Thursday after he was fired following the regular season, when Chicago failed to make the playoffs despite starting the year off with a 7-1 record. This marked the second straight season the Bears appeared to be one of the top teams in the NFC at the beginning of the year, only to collapse in the second half of the season and miss out on the playoffs.

Sure, it’s difficult to put the blame on Smith for what happened in the second half of 2011, considering the team played most of those games without Jay Cutler and Matt Forte, but there’s no excuse for what happened this past season. The fact that Chicago ranked 28th overall in offense despite having weapons like Cutler, Forte and Brandon Marshall shows how effective he really is as a head coach. Not to mention Smith only led the Bears to the playoffs once over the last six seasons.

Bring this type of head coaching material to Philadelphia–the Eagles are only setting themselves up for more disappointment if they believe Smith is their answer to lead them to the promised land.

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