The Philadelphia Eagles are back to work now after having off last week.
One of the first orders of business for head coach Doug Pederson is interviewing offensive coordinator candidates. According to ESPN’s Tim McManus, Dougie P is meeting with Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley and Eagles wide receivers coach Mike Groh on Monday. NFL insider Ian Rapoport notes Pederson is “still mulling whether to promote both or elevate one.”
Last week, Rapoport reported that the Eagles might go without a formal offensive coordinator in 2018. Pederson did not rule out that possibility while discussing the OC situation in a media interview.
It’s been suggested that Staley and Groh could both see added responsibility if the Eagles don’t hire a new offensive coordinator. Maybe something like Staley being a run game coordinator and Groh being a pass game coordinator. That might be a compromise compared to the Eagles picking one over the other.
Staley interviewed for Philadelphia’s head coaching vacancy in 2016 and he’s survived multiple head coaching changes so it’s clear the organization likes him. Groh, meanwhile, was a newcomer in 2017 but he did a good job coaching the receivers. As Peter King highlighted, Groh also seemed more involved in the offense than your average WR coach.
Pederson will ultimately call the offensive plays, so the OC role isn’t as critical as it is on some other teams. But it’s not an unimportant job. Frank Reich played a key role in filtering information from position coaches and formulating game plans with Pederson over the past two seasons.
The Eagles could very well promote from within. It’ll also be interesting to see if they at least interview an external candidate, which they probably should. But apparently they won’t.
No immediate plans to interview anyone other than Groh or Staley for Eagles OC job. Pederson comfortable with both.— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) February 19, 2018
We’ll see how it plays out soon enough. Vote for your preference in the poll below (CLICK HERE if you can’t see it).
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Promote Duce Staley
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