This news comes as a little bit of a surprise since Eagles wide receiver coach Mike Groh was rumored to get the job. It’s not a total shock, though, considering Taylor previously held the title of “offensive quality control/assistant quarterbacks coach.”
Taylor, who turned 30 years old in January, certainly isn’t the most experienced candidate for the job. His coaching career began as a graduate assistant in 2011 at Tulsa. He then joined the Eagles on Chip Kelly’s original coaching staff in 2013 as an offensive quality control coach. “Assistant quarterbacks coach” was added to his title when Doug Pederson arrived to Philadelphia in 2016.
Age and experience isn’t everything. The Eagles clearly feel strongly about Taylor. Perhaps they value his first-hand experience working with Flip and hope he can continue the old coach’s methods.
On the flip side (no pun intended), the concern is that the Eagles could be valuing their own guys too highly.
Taylor will be tasked with helping 2017 MVP candidate Carson Wentz round back into form as the franchise quarterback recovers from an ACL injury. We’ll see how that goes.
In the meantime, there’s been no word on who will replace Frank Reich as the new Eagles offensive coordinator. Maybe Groh didn’t get the quarterbacks coach job because he’s slated to become the OC instead? But then what happens with Duce Staley, who has also been rumored to fill the vacancy? Something to keep an eye on.