That doesn't mean the search process conducted by Moe, Larry - er, sorry - by Jeff Lurie, Howie Roseman and Don Smolenski has been graceful. By interviewing every living male with a visor, the Eagles have lent a slapstick air to the proceedings.
It doesn't help that the search team represents the men left standing after years of palace intrigue and backstabbing exiled Joe Banner, Tom Heckert, Ryan Grigson and, going way back, Tom Heckert, Marc Ross and Mike Lombardi. There is no compelling reason to expect great things from this group, and the haphazard appearance of the search underscores that.
It has reached the point where the national media - Sports Illustrated institution Peter King, plugged-in CBS Sports reporter Jason La Canfora - have begun to wonder just what the heck is going on here. King suggested Monday that franchises like the Steelers and Packers wouldn't have been shot down by the coaching firm of Kelly, Kelly & O'Brien. Meanwhile, La Canfora wrote what many of us locally felt from the start - that Lurie's commitment to Roseman as his general manager is repelling candidates.
Whether Roseman has been an impediment to deals with any of the Eagles' candidates is not known for sure. But this much is for certain. Once that perception gets out there, it can sow doubt in the minds of prospective coaches, which can make the perception into reality. And now, largely because of the way the Eagles have conducted their search, it is out there.
But a little history review may help with the civic hyperventilating.
You already know that in 1999, the Eagles wound up with a new head coach who had never even been a coordinator in the NFL. But there's more. As a relative unknown taking over a 3-13 team that played at Veterans Stadium, Reid wasn't exactly a talent magnet. He kept John Harbaugh, Juan Castillo and Ted Williams from Ray Rhodes' staff because he wasn't finding a lot of enthusiasm out there.
And his most important hire, defensive coordinator Jim Johnson? He was considering retirement after getting fired for the second year in a row. Reid was interested in Dom Capers, who decided to go with Tom Coughlin in Jacksonville, and Marvin Lewis, who was retained by new Baltimore coach Brian Billick. Another candidate, Chuck Bresnahan, decided he preferred to stay in Oakland with Jon Gruden.
Nobody was particularly excited about Reid or Johnson, but that combination went on to some remarkable, sustained success here.
Or look at Harbaugh. Fans and media in Baltimore were aghast when Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti snagged the secondary coach and longtime special teams coordinator from an 8-8 Eagles team. But having been turned down by Jason Garrett, who was then the Cowboys' offensive coordinator, Bisciotti decided to go with Harbaugh.
The Ravens have been in the playoffs every year since. They will be playing in their third conference championship game Sunday.
There are scads of examples like this. The point is, the Eagles are still in perfectly fine position to find a head coach who will succeed here. Unless you had your heart set on Rob Chudzinski or Doug Marrone, they haven't been beaten to the punch by another team yet.
Did they miss out on a potential Super Bowl coach because of Roseman? It is possible. It has been said here from the beginning that Lurie made a mistake in creating that problem for himself. If the Chiefs can fire Scott Pioli to appease Reid, it seems absurd to let Roseman cost you an elite coach.
Whoever the Eagles hire will smile and say he can't wait to work with Roseman. Lurie will say he got his man. If the coach wins, none of this will even be remembered.
And if he fails? Well, at least we'll be better prepared for the search process next time.
Contact Phil Sheridan at firstname.lastname@example.org or @Sheridanscribe on Twitter.