As the Eagles’ search for a head coach plods along, fan and media attention has shifted to the reported interest in former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. Hiring a rival coach and a two-time Super Bowl champion would certainly ignite a frenzy among Eagles fans, regardless of their opinion.

However, Wild Card weekend threw quite a few monkey wrenches into the fate of two candidates: Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson and Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Geunther.

In the first game of the 2015 NFL postseason, Pederson’s Chiefs offense first took the field against the Houston Texans with a 7-0 lead. Running back Knile Davis took the opening kickoff back for a touchdown, recording the fastest score in playoff history. Playing with the lead, Pederson’s offense displayed extreme balance, rarely ever running back-to-back runs or passes. The playbook involved some of Chip Kelly’s trademark concepts, such as the jet sweep and the rocket screen. Peterson and head coach Andy Reid also included a lot of traditional elements, such as using some shingleback and I-formation sets, both for running and for play action passing.

Unfortunately, the Chiefs offense failed to impress in the opening act, ending their first two drives with a field goal and an interception. While opposing quarterback Brian Hoyer imploded, turning the ball over four times in the first half, the Chiefs only mustered six points off the four free possessions. The team would go on to score 17 points in the second half, and won the game 30-0, but certainly underwhelmed from an offensive perspective.

Reports circled that the Eagles came away “very impressed” with their Sunday meeting with Pederson, and many stated that he is the lead candidate in the coaching search. Only time will tell if he showed the Eagles enough to hire him as their lead man.

Speaking of reports, other media members stated that the Eagles have requested an interview with Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Geunther. His stock as a coaching candidate may have changed completely following Saturday night’s Meltdown in Cincinnati.

The Bengals defense produced a tremendous effort for most of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, keeping their sputtering offense in the game by holding the Steelers to a two-touchdown lead. Geunther mixed the looks he gave quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and put constant pressure on him. The Bengals racked up hits, and ultimately injured Roethlisberger in the process.

Then, the madness ensued. Once the Bengals scored their second touchdown of the fourth quarter and took a one point lead, Steelers’ backup quarterback Landry Jones entered the game and threw a costly interception. The Bengals’ Jeremy Hill then fumbled on the cusp of killing off the remaining clock, giving the Steelers life. Roethlisberger then returned to action, and after he led the offense to within 30 yards of field goal range, was helped by emotion.

The steeler quarterback fired a pass to Antonio Brown which fell incomplete, but on the play, linebacker Vontaze Burfict leveled the defenseless Brown in the helmet. The violent hit cost his team 15 yards of field position. Fellow defender Adam Jones, like the rest of the Bengals defense and fans, was livid with the decision. As water bottles and debris fell from the stands, Jones pushed one of the referees officiating the game, costing his team 15 more yards. As a result, the Steelers converted a chip shot field goal, and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

This chaotic finish has led many to believe that Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis may be fired, and that Geunther may be promoted to take his place. The defensive coordinator would be a fine candidate for the Eagles job, but the events of Saturday night might lead him to accept the same role with his current team, the Bengals.

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