Usually when an ex-NFL head coach who has won a Super Bowl interviews for a head coaching job, it’s big news. But FOX color analyst and former Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick interviewed for the Philadelphia Eagles head coaching job earlier this week and it went completely under the radar until now.
Reuben Frank from CSNPhilly.com was the first to break the news that Philly quietly interviewed Billick back on Monday.
League source: Eagles interviewed Brian Billick on Monday.
— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) January 13, 2013
The news broke as Billick was live on-air as the color commentator for the Falcons-Seahawks game on Sunday which prompted many to initially think Frank was joking. But what’s not a laughing matter is the Eagles botched head coaching search up to this point, one that has seen them go after college head coaches that have left them in the dust.
Billick hasn’t coached since 2007 when he was replaced by John Harbaugh, but his run with the Ravens wasn’t one that’s easily forgotten by fans. Billick helped bring the first Super Bowl the Ravens franchise in January of 2001 and put together a staff that was oozing with future head coaching talent. At any point during his tenure as head coach, Billick had guys like Marvin Lewis, Jack Del Rio, Rex Ryan and Mike Smith on his staff — all of which went on to be playoff head coaches in the ten years between the Ravens winning the Super Bowl and the end of the decade.
According to Reuben, Billick is “considered among the leading candidates” to get the job in Philadelphia. No hire has been made yet, but after the way this coaching search has gone, the Eagles will just be happy to get someone on their sidelines.