Who will the Philadelphia Eagles hire as their new offensive coordinator to replace Frank Reich?
The answer to that question seems to be ... no one.
With the #Eagles having no immediate plans to hire an offensive coordinator to take Frank Reich's job (potentially elevating both Duce Staley and Mike Groh to bigger jobs), all the OC and DC jobs seem to be filled (pending more craziness).— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 13, 2018
It’s been suggested that Eagles wide receivers coach Mike Groh could be the “passing game coordinator” while Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley could be the “run game coordinator” in addition to their current titles. It seems like the Eagles are considering a setup like that.
Not having a formal offensive coordinator doesn’t really matter for the Eagles since head coach Doug Pederson is the primary play-caller. Now that Pederson has proven himself, it doesn’t seem as critical that he has a veteran OC by his side.
After John DeFilippo was hired to be the Minnesota Vikings’ new offensive coordinator and play-caller, there was thought that Mike Groh was going to replace Flip. But the Eagles reportedly chose to promote Press Taylor to quarterbacks coach instead, which confirms the team has bigger plans for Groh, who served as the Los Angeles Rams’ wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator in 2016.
Splitting additional responsibility between Groh and Staley seems like a good way to make both of them happy without having to choose one over the other.
It’s always possible the Eagles could add a more experienced offensive assistant (Darrell Bevell?) in a title that isn’t offensive coordinator. Maybe something like “assistant head coach” (or “assistant to the head coach” in Dwight Schrute’s case). Or maybe they don’t do that at all.
The Eagles have off this week. They’ll eventually confirm coaching changes at some point when they get back to work.