You can find betting odds on just about everything in pro football—even the odds that your favorite candidate for the Eagles HC position will actually get the job. While I was making a small wager that the Baltimore Ravens would cover their 9.5 point underdog spread in Denver this coming Saturday. And if you check out the current NFL Playoff Betting Trends, I discovered that Lovie Smith is a 20-1 shot to be our next head coach. Hmmmm….
The rest of the odds are interesting, too— Jay Gruden 50-1, Gus Bradley 40-1, Bruce Arians 90-1, Jon Gruden 100-1, Bill Cowher 60-1, Mike McCoy 30-1, Mike Nolan 40-1, Keith Armstrong 100-1, and Marty Mornhinweg 200-1.
I never wager more than $50 at a time, so when I bet on any sporting event it is mostly for pure amusement. But for you Coach Marty fans out there, you could conceivably hit a mini-lottery if your man gets the job!
I think I'll put a small wager on Lovie.
The Eagles will interview Smith on Thursday in their quest to find Andy Reid’s successor.
Smith’s nine-year tenure with the Bears surprisingly ended last week. He was fired despite going 10-6 and barely missing the playoffs. Smith, 54, earned an 81-63 record and guided the Bears to three NFC North titles, two NFC championship game appearances and one berth in the Super Bowl in the 2006 season.
In addition, the Eagles are also scheduled to interview Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley this week. They have received permission to talk to Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden but have not yet set up a meeting.
The Eagles already have talked to Atlanta special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, as well as Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
“It’s flattering when someone wants to talk with you,” Nolan said. “Philadelphia is a great organization. They have a tremendous owner, much like we do here.
“I think whoever ends up with that job is going to do a good job and also appreciate the fact that is a great organization. They don’t change coaches very often. It’s been 14 years since they changed the last time, and that’s a credit to their entire organization — not just to Andy, who I think is a hell of a coach — but it’s a real credit to them. It’s going to be a great opportunity to be with a great organization, great owner and all those good things. Hopefully we’re still playing, so, we’ll just keep on playing.”
Lovie Smith interviewed with the Bills last week and has also been linked to openings in San Diego and Arizona. The Bears are also scheduled to talk with Arians this week and already have interviewed Armstrong and McCoy.
Meanwhile the Eagles continue to build up their Training Camp roster with some low-profile signings of free agents. They signed wide receivers Nick Miller and DeMarco Sampson to two-year contracts Tuesday.
Miller (5-9, 180) played in 17 combined NFL games with Oakland (2009-11) and St. Louis (2011). He has four career catches for 48 yards and an 88-yard touchdown on a punt return for the Rams. He was out of the league this season after getting cut by the Rams during the offseason.
Sampson (6-2, 205) had three receptions for 36 yards in 12 games as a rookie with Arizona in 2011. He did not play this season after getting released by the Cardinals at the end of the preseason.
My gut feeling about Lovie Smith—the right guy at the right time…defensive-minded, relates well to players, willing to work with the kind of structure to be imposed by Lurie and Roseman, has a lot of connections with able coordinators who would be willing to come along to Philly with him…
Put a little Lovie in your heart!