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Report: Eagles discussed coaching role with Josh McCown but he wasn’t ready to officially retire from playing

What’s next for the 40-year-old?

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Many have floated the idea of Josh McCown joining the Philadelphia Eagles’ coaching staff this offseason. Apparently it’s something the team has actually considered as well, according to a report from the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane.

The Eagles discussed with quarterback Josh McCown the idea of returning to the team in a coaching role, possibly as offensive coordinator, during his exit interviews, NFL sources told The Inquirer.

While it’s unclear whether the team offered McCown a position, the 40-year-old veteran told the Eagles that he wasn’t ready to officially retire from his playing career, a source said.

Aside from meeting with coach Doug Pederson and general manager Howie Roseman, McCown also sat down with owner Jeffrey Lurie, according to a source. Lurie doesn’t typically meet with players immediately after the season ends.

It’s interesting to hear that McCown wasn’t quite ready to call it quits on his playing career. He was already retired before the Eagles lured him away from ESPN last summer.

It’s understandable, though, that McCown wouldn’t want his last NFL action to be where he failed to lead his team to victory in a playoff game. McCown was really emotional after the Eagles’ playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Of course, he had nothing to be ashamed of given how he still played relatively well for having to play through a torn hamstring at his age.

If McCown really wants to keep playing, the Eagles could always bring him as a backup in 2020. Carson Wentz’s backup for next season isn’t settle since both McCown and Nate Sudfeld are going to be free agents.

But maybe McCown will have a change of heart about playing if the Eagles formally offer him their offensive coordinator role?

There’s reason to be skeptical about making McCown the OC. He’s only formally coached at the high school level to this point. One must be wary of the Eagles continuing to over rely on familiar faces.

But there’s also reason to think McCown could be the right fit. He already took on an informal coaching role during the Eagles’ late season success in 2019. Kellen Moore went from being the Cowboys’ backup quarterback to their offensive coordinator in a short span of time and that move worked out well for Dallas.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens with McCown. I think it’d be ideal if the Eagles could add him to the coaching staff in some capacity. But maybe he returns as Wentz’s backup instead?

We’ll have to wait and see.


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