The Philadelphia Eagles currently have openings at offensive coordinator, wide receivers coach, and defensive backs coach. It appears a new vacancy can be added to that list. The following tweet comes from Eagles defensive line coach Phillip Daniels:
God order your steps so all you can do is take the next one. Thank you to the Eagles organization for 4 great years. I’m proud of what we accomplished as a DL and even prouder of what we accomplished this season against all odds. Thank you to Mr. Lurie and entire Eagles Org.— Phillip Daniels (@PhillipDaniels) January 17, 2020
The Eagles originally hired Daniels, who played defensive end in the NFL from 1996 through 2010, as their assistant defensive line coach in 2016. Daniels was promoted to defensive line coach last offseason to replace Chris Wilson, whose contract expired.
And so the Eagles will now have their third defensive line coach in three years.
It’s at least a little surprising to see that Daniels won’t be back. It’s not like the defensive line was a total disaster. Then again, Fletcher Cox is coming off his second lowest career sack total and Derek Barnett hasn’t exactly made the big jump that people have wanted to see. The team clearly thinks they can upgrade on Daniels.
I’d guess the Eagles won’t be going the route of yet another internal promotion but it’s worth noting that Nathan Ollie is the team’s assistant defensive line coach. No word on if he’ll still be back or not.
Friend of BGN Greg Richards astutely notes that the Oakland Raiders recently replaced respected defensive line coach Brenston Buckner with Rod Marinelli, who once won a Super Bowl with Jon Gruden. Buckner wasn’t fired for performance reasons as much as favoritism caused him to lose his job. So, he’s an option for the Eagles to consider.
The Eagles have moved slowly on their coaching searches thus far. We’ll have to continue to be patient as they look to upgrade their staff.