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The Philadelphia Eagles finally announced official changes to their coaching staff. A number of these hires have already been leaked through media reports but now we know even more than before. Here’s an overview of all the changes.

EAGLES COACHING STAFF

PRESS TAYLOR

Previously: Eagles quarterbacks coach

Currently: Eagles passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach

RICH SCANGARELLO

Previously: Denver Broncos offensive coordinator

Currently: Eagles senior offensive assistant

ANDREW BREINER

Previously: Mississippi State quarterbacks coach/pass game coordinator

Currently: Eagles pass game analyst

AARON MOOREHEAD

Previously: Vanderbilt wide receivers coach

Currently: Eagles wide receivers coach

MATT BURKE

Previously: Eagles defensive special assistant

Currently: Eagles run game coordinator/defensive line coach

MARQUAND MANUEL

Previously: Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator

Currently: Eagles defensive backs coach

T.J. PAGANETTI

Previously: Assistant running backs coach

Currently: Eagles assistant run game coordinator/assistant running backs coach

DINO VASSO

Previously: Defensive quality control/assistant secondary coach

Currently: Eagles assistant coordinator/defense


THOUGHTS

  • Coaches from the 2019 staff not retained include: former offensive coordinator Mike Groh, former wide receivers coach Carson Walch, former offensive special projects coach G.J. Kinne, former defensive line coach Phillip Daniels, former defensive backs coach Cory Undlin, and former director of high performance Shaun Huls.
  • Former Eagles coaches who’ve since landed elsewhere: Groh — Indianapolis Colts wide receivers coach, Undlin — Detroit Lions defensive coordinator, Kinne — Hawaii offensive coordinator.
  • The Eagles won’t formally have an offensive coordinator in 2020. In lieu of an OC, Taylor was promoted to pass game coordinator. The 32-year-old Taylor is regarded a bright mind with a diverse background so perhaps he’ll do well in his new role. Then again, one must wonder why the Eagles weren’t previously leaning on him when their offense stagnated over the past two seasons. The idea of another internal promotion isn’t enthusing. Taylor still being the quarterbacks coach is concerning from the standpoint that there’s thought in NFL circles that he’s not tough enough on Carson Wentz. Wentz played his best football in 2017 when John DeFilippo really challenged him. Nick Foles similarly thrived under tough coaching from Bill Lazor in 2013. Of course, Foles had success under Taylor late in 2018. Wentz also finished the 2019 season strong under Taylor. If the Eagles’ passing attack struggles in 2020, Taylor will quickly find himself in the cross-hairs. Hopefully Taylor will have a much-needed offensive talent infusion — specifically at wide receiver — to work with. That should help a good deal.
  • Adding a former OC in the form of Scangarello to the Eagles’ staff is a nice complement given Taylor’s inexperience. Scangarello’s background with Kyle Shanahan schemes and track record of getting good production out of young quarterbacks (Jimmy Garoppolo, Nick Mullens, Drew Lock) make him an intriguing hire.
  • Breiner’s experience working under college football offensive innovator Joe Moorhead seems like a valuable addition to the staff. The Hershey High School (PA) alumnus can help provide some of that fresh perspective the Eagles could use.
  • Moorehead is the sixth Eagles’ wide receiver coach since 2015. The Eagles will hope that he’s finally the guy to bring stability to that spot.
  • Some questions to consider about these offensive assistants in newly created roles ... Are there too many cooks in the kitchen? And is the power structure clearly defined?
  • The Eagles added Burke, a former Jim Schwartz assistant, to their staff last year. Now he’s being promoted to (defensive) run game coordinator/defensive line coach despite never previously coaching that position. Burke has worked with linebackers in addition to being a defensive coordinator.
  • Manuel is yet another new defensive addition with a connection to Schwartz; the former played safety for the Detroit Lions in 2009 when the latter was the head coach there. The hope is that Manuel can help to improve an Eagles secondary that’s struggled in recent seasons.