Andy Reid is developing quite a coaching tree around the NFL.
Brad Childress was the coach of the Minnesota Vikings until recently, Jon Harbaugh has turned the Baltimore Ravens into perennial contenders, Steve Spanuolo is finally starting to turn the St. Louis Rams around, Leslie Frazier just recently took over the Minnesota Vikings, and the list goes on.
Two names that could soon be added to the list are current Rams offensive coordinator and former Eagles quarterbacks coach Pat Shurmur and Eagles current offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
Mornhinweg was actually a head coach before in Detroit with the Lions, but his five wins in two years was so bad most people figured he would never even be brought up again as a candidate.
But, thanks to his time with Reid in Philadelphia, he’s gaining some serious heat around the league with teams either currently without a coach or anticipating being without a coach in the offseason.
Mornhinweg, if offered a head coaching job, would most likely accept it. I don’t believe he came to Philly to become an offensive coordinator for the rest of his career. He would like to be a head coach again and would probably take any offer presented to him.
If he were offered a job, it would likely be for a team like the Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, or any of the other teams looking for a fresh start. The common denominator with those teams is the lack of a quarterback sans the Texans.
The Bengals also have a quarterback, but they’re just not sure whether or not he’s Carson Palmer or an elaborate impersonator.
If Mornhinweg took over one of those teams, it’s likely he would immediately swing a deal to bring Kevin Kolb with him. The Eagles are most likely going to re-sign Michael Vick, so that leaves Kolb without a place on the team.
Mornhinweg has seen Kolb every day at practice and seems to love him as much as Reid does. Were he to get a head coaching job, it’s likely he would hitch his wagon to Kolb and hope for the best.
If/when Mornhinweg leaves, it’s likely Reid would pursue Childress, Mornhinweg’s predecessor, as his successor. Then perhaps in two or three years we’ll be talking about Chilly successfully completing his redemption tour, as well.