The Philadelphia Eagles adding “passing game coordinator” to Press Taylor’s title isn’t the only coaching news we’re hearing today. ESPN’s Tim McManus is also reporting that the Eagles are expected to add former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello and former Mississippi State passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Andrew Breiner to the team’s coaching staff.
It’s not yet clear what titles Scangarello and Breiner will hold. The Eagles are expected to officially announce their 2020 coaching staff by the end of this week so we might have to wait until then.
Adding Scangarello and Breiner figures to address the Eagles’ need for some fresh, new offensive ideas. It’s good to see they’re making some external hires instead of merely promoting from within.
Here’s a snapshot of the 47-year-old Scangarello’s coaching background:
UC Davis — Graduate assistant (1998–1999)
Idaho — Graduate assistant (2000)
Carleton — Offensive coordinator (2001)
Idaho — Quarterbacks (2002–2003)
UC Davis — Wide receivers (2004–2008), Co-offensive coordinator (2008)
Oakland Raiders — Offensive quality control (2009)
Millsaps — Assistant head coach (2010–2011), Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks (2010–2011)
Northern Arizona — Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks (2012–2014)
Atlanta Falcons — Offensive quality control (2015)
Wagner — Offensive coordinator (2016)
San Francisco 49ers — Quarterbacks (2017–2018)
Denver Broncos — Offensive coordinator (2019)
Scangarello notably worked with Jimmy Garoppolo on Kyle Shanhan’s staff for a couple seasons. Garoppolo went 6-2 as a starter and had a 94.1 passer rating under Scangarello’s coaching. After Garoppolo suffered an ACL injury early in 2018, Scangarello oversaw some unexpected development from 2017 undrafted free agent signing Nick Mullens. Mullens went 3-5 as a starter and had a 90.8 passer rating, which was pretty good relative to very low expectations.
Scangarello’s work in San Fran got him hired as Vic Fangio’s offensive coordinator on the Denver Broncos. The 2019 Broncos’ offense was bad. How bad? Well, Denver was the only NFL team to finish in bottom five in points, yards, third down percentage, and red zone percentage. But the quarterback situation was also far from ideal with Joe Flacco and Brandon Allen starting 11 games. The offense started to look better late in the season when rookie passer Drew Lock got healthy enough to take over the starting job. Despite the Broncos going 4-1 in their final five games with Lock under center, the team fired Scangarello after just one season.
Breiner turns 36 in July. Born in Dallas, Texas (spy?!), Breiner played wide receiver at Divison II Lock Haven before getting into coaching:
Lock Haven — Wide receivers coach (2006)
Allegheny — Wide receivers coach (2007), Quarterbacks coach (2008)
Connecticut — Graduate assistant/quarterbacks coach/wide receivers coach (2009–2010), Graduate assistant/quarterbacks coach/running backs coach (2011)
Fordham — Quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator/passing coordinator (2012–2015), Head coach (2016–2017)
Mississippi State — Passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach (2018–2020)
Breiner notably overlapped with Joe Moorhead at both Fordham and Mississippi State. Moorhead earned a reputation as an innovator from his success at Fordham and then Penn State. The Eagles couldn’t get Moorhead himself as he accepted the Oregon Ducks’ offensive coordinator job but getting one of his primary assistants could be the next best thing.
News of the Taylor promotion wasn’t very inspiring on its own but it’s good to see the Eagles will be adding some new perspective to the coaching staff. The offense has definitely needed as much.