The Philadelphia Eagles are promoting assistant wide receivers coach Carson Walch — not to be confused with franchise quarterback Carson Wentz — to wide receivers coach, according to a report from former CFL/NFL player Davis Sanchez (hat tip to @igglesnut). [UPDATE: NFL insider Ian Rapoport is also reporting Walch has been promoted.]
The Eagles had a vacancy after letting 2018 wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer leave to join Louisville’s coaching staff.
Walch originally joined the Eagles last offseason. Prior to arriving in Philly, Walch was the offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. Here’s a look at snapshot of his résumé:
As previously noted, Walch overlapped with current Eagles offensive coordinator Mike Groh for two seasons when Groh was was Chicago’s wide receivers coach from 2013-2015.
Promoting from within can be a good thing. It potentially fosters a rewarding culture. But it can also mean not necessarily hiring the best candidate for the job, which should be the objective. Plus it’d just be nice to add some new, fresh perspective to the Eagles’ offensive staff.
We’ll see if Walch can do a better job coaching the Eagles’ receivers than Brewer did in 2018.
Since the Doug Pederson era began in 2016, no Eagles wide receiver coach has lasted more than one season at his position.
Recapping reported Eagles coaching staff changes so far (not yet officially confirmed by the team):
Eagles wide receiver coach Gunter Brewer — Allowed to leave, hired by Louisville
Eagles assistant offensive line/tight ends/run game coach Eugene Chung — Contract not renewed
Eagles defensive line coach Chris Wilson — Contract not renewed
Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke — Hired by Eagles as a “top aide” to Jim Schwartz
Keiser University assistant head coach/offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Roy Istvan — Hired by Eagles as assistant offensive line coach
Arkansas offensive analyst/quarterbacks coach G.J. Kinne — Hired by Eagles as offensive assistant
Eagles assistant wide receivers coach Carson Walch — Promoted to Eagles wide receivers coach