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Eagles bring Marty Mornhinweg back to their coaching staff

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In some news that may sound fake but isn’t, the Philadelphia Eagles are bringing Marty Mornhinweg back to their coaching staff. ESPN’s Tim McManus reports Mornhinweg will serve as an aide to Doug Pederson. The team officially confirmed the hire and announced his title is “senior offensive consultant.”

We previously wrote about Mornhinweg as a potential offensive coordinator candidate back when the Eagles were actually searching for one of those.

Marty back in Philly?! Don’t rule it out.

Mornhinweg was Pederson’s quarterbacks coach in 1996 when Doug played for the Green Bay Packers. Mornhinweg and Pederson then overlapped on Andy Reid’s staff in Philly from 2009 through 2012. The two don’t lack familiarity.

But is Marty really the breath of fresh air that the Eagles could use? He was most recently the Baltimore’s offensive coordinator from 2016 through 2018 and the Ravens’ offense did better off without him in 2019.

The Eagles could probably do worse than Marty but they could also do better. Note: He’s another Bob LaMonte guy.

There’s appeal to the Mornhinweg hire if he is truly willing to challenge Pederson and Carson Wentz. We all know this offense needs some new ideas and perhaps Marty can help in that regard.

This hire is curious in that it further raises questions about the team’s offensive power structure. We know that Pederson is the head coach and calls plays. The Eagles have previously had a traditional offensive coordinator under Pederson ... but that’s no longer the case. Instead, the team added “passing game coordinator” to quarterbacks coach Press Taylor’s title in addition to hiring former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello as a “senior offensive assistant.” The Eagles also hired Andrew Breiner as a “pass game analyst.”

So, how exactly does Marty fit in? Is there reason to be concerned about “too many cooks” in the kitchen? Or was adding multiple offensive assistants the right way to address an Eagles offense that needed some fresh perspective?

Those answer remains to be seen. It’s also unclear why he wasn’t announced with the rest of the coaching hires the Eagles waited a long time to make back in February.

What we do know that is that Mornhinweg is back after spending eight years away from the organization.


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