There are effectively only two head coach openings left in the NFL at the moment as the Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles are both still looking for someone to serve at the head of their franchises. It is expected that Dan Campbell, formerly of the Cowboys, will become the newest Detroit Lions head coach soon, but that remains unofficial. The Texans and Eagles are both organizations in the middle of some turmoil right now with both needing head coaches to help straighten out their future.
It was noted on Tuesday that Cowboys staffer George Edwards has drawn interest from the Chicago Bears as a defensive coordinator, and previously the Eagles showed interest in Kellen Moore for their vacant head coach position.
It appears as if those two are not the only people associated with the Dallas staff to have eyes from elsewhere around the league. Moore is one of two coordinators returning to the team in 2021; Dan Quinn was hired to replace Mike Nolan on the defensive side of the ball, but the other returnee seems to be someone that Philly likes as well.
The Eagles are reportedly interested in Cowboys special teams coordinator John Fassel
One of the more impactful hires that Mike McCarthy made during his first season with the Cowboys was for the third phase of the game - special teams. He was able to hire John Fassel away from the Los Angeles Rams staff and as a result the Cowboys, although they struggled a bit at first, dramatically improved in the special teams department.
It is certainly fair to ascribe a lot of the credit here to Fassel which might be why a team like the Philadelphia Eagles would have interest. In fact, according to one report, the Eagles are interested in John Fassel for their current vacancy atop their team. Cowboys linebacker Justin March provided a glowing review of his special teams coordinator in sharing the news.
The NFL is in John Fassel’s blood as his father, Jim Fassel, was once a head coach in the NFC East. Jim Fassel took the New York Giants all the way to Super Bowl XXXV where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens.
Time will tell whether Fassel ultimately does interview with the Eagles or not. He has served as a head coach on an interim basis before as he took over for the Rams during their first season in Los Angeles after Jeff Fisher was fired.
For what it’s worth, news was also reported on Tuesday of a former Cowboys staffer. According to NFL Network, former running backs coach Gary Brown could return to the league in 2021, it is very nice to see that he is doing well.
Former #Cowboys RB coach Gary Brown, who took last season off to address health concerns, is set to interview next week with the #Bengals, source said. Healthy again, Brown — a trusted mentor to Zeke Elliott and others — plans to coach in 2021 and could have multiple options.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 19, 2021
It’s the time of year where things are changing.