UPDATE: Doesn’t sound like Jeff Stoutland is definitely gone just yet.
Yes there is a lot of interest in Jeff Stoutland not just Alabama but I’m told everything is still up in the air https://t.co/5XR29Tcrwc— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) January 14, 2021
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One of the risks that NFL teams run by firing head coaches is the collateral damage of losing valuable position coaches. It appears that Philadelphia might find themselves in that boat with Bruce Feldman reporting that Eagles offensive line coach/run game coordinator Jeff Stoutland could return to Alabama.
Stoutland originally left the Crimson Tide to come to Philly as an original member of Chip Kelly’s staff back in 2013. He was then retained when Doug Pederson took over as head coach in 2016.
The Eagles typically had one of the best offensive lines in the league with Stoutland overseeing that unit. A number of players such as Jason Kelce, Jason Peters, Lane Johnson, and Brandon Brooks have absolutely thrived under his tutelage.
Stoutland also found a way to get the most out of less established players, such as when the Eagles were able to rely on Halapoulivaati Vaitai during their Super Bowl LII victory. Or Jordan Mailata going from never even playing football to becoming a viable starting left tackle last season.
It goes without saying that the Eagles’ next offensive line coach will have huge shoes to fill. Stoutland will certainly be missed.