One of the items to emerge in all the Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff news this morning is that the team is hiring Indianapolis Colts pass game specialist Kevin Patullo as their pass game coordinator. Tom Pelissero was first to report the hire.
The Eagles are NOT hiring Patullo in lieu of a formal offensive coordinator like they did with Press Taylor last year, according to John Clark. The Eagles are reportedly interviewing at least two different candidates for the OC role.
Patullo, a 39-year-old New Jersey native, obviously worked with new Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni in Indy. Here’s a snapshot of his coaching experience:
2003-2004 — South Florida graduate assistant
2004-2006 — Arizona graduate assistant
2007-2008 — Kansas City Chiefs offensive assistant/quality control coach
2010-2012 — Buffalo Bills offensive quality control coach, offensive assistant/assistant wide receivers coach
2014 — Tennessee Titans assistant wide receivers coach
2015-2016 — New York Jets quarterbacks coach
2017 — Texas A&M senior offensive analyst
2018-2020 — Indianapolis Colts wide receivers coach, pass game specialist (replaced by Mike Groh last year!)
There’s a natural fear of having “too many cooks in the kitchen” given what happened with the Eagles’ offensive setup last year. But having a real OC this year should help to clear up the power structure.
Sirianni obviously sees value in adding Patullo to his staff. An ESPN story from last year notes that Frank Reich previously praised Patullo for his “knowledge with the run-pass option, or RPO as it’s frequently called, from coaching in the college ranks for six years.”