The Eagles will NOT be losing Jeff Stoutland after all.
Nick Sirianni is retaining Philadelphia’s run game coordinator/offensive line coach on his coaching staff, according to a report from Albert Breer.
There was previously some buzz that the Eagles could lose Stoutland with him returning to Alabama. The Crimson Tide instead hired Doug Marrone for the job, which increased Stoutland’s chances of returning to the Eagles.
But it wasn’t perfectly clear if Stoutland wanted to work under Sirianni and/or if Sirianni wanted to keep him. Thankfully, now it is.
Keeping Stoutland is a big deal for the Eagles. They’ve had some of the best offensive lines since he was hired to Chip Kelly’s original staff back in 2013. A number of players — such as Jason Kelce, Jason Peters, Lane Johnson, Brandon Brooks, and Evan Mathis — 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 in 2020.
Great to see Stout will be back.