After much speculation about the possibility of the Philadelphia Eagles losing multiple assistants to head coaching jobs in the NFL this offseason, it looks like the Eagles won’t be losing ANY assistants to head coaching jobs.
Reports indicate Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks is set to be hired as the Cardinals’ new head coach, which means that all vacancies around the league are now technically filled. Due to the 2018 NFL playoffs still going on, not all hirings have been made official, but here’s a recap:
Arizona Cardinals - Steve Wilks
Chicago Bears - Matt Nagy
Detroit Lions - Matt Patricia
Indianapolis Colts - Josh McDaniels
New York Giants - Pat Shurmur
Oakland Raiders - Jon Gruden
Tennessee Titans - Mike Vrabel
Eagles quarterback coach John DeFilippo reportedly interviewed for the Cardinals and Bears jobs. Jim Schwartz drew interest from Arizona and New York, although the Giants oddly backed out on officially interviewing the Eagles’ defensive coordinator. There was some short-lived buzz about Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich to Tennessee.
Now that the vacancies are filled, there’s a good chance the Eagles will be able to return most of their 2017 staff in 2018.
Flip may be the exception, however. With his contract set to expire after the Super Bowl, the Eagles could lose their quarterback coach to another team who wants to hire Flip as an offensive coordinator. There are several OC jobs currently open in the NFL: Cardinals, Browns, Lions, Colts, Vikings, Patriots, Giants, and Titans.
Flip has specifically been mentioned as a potential offensive coordinator target for Wilks in Arizona. He’d likely be able to call plays there, which is attractive. The only problem is that the Cardinals don’t have a single quarterback under contract for 2018 and they don’t have an easy path to getting one. Then again, the Eagles could very well trade Nick Foles this offseason ($5.2 million cap savings).
We’ll have to wait and see what ends up happening with Flip. In the meantime, it’s nice to know the Eagles will be able to retain most of a staff that went 13-3 in the regular season and advanced to the Super Bowl.