The Eagles will not be retaining passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach Press Taylor on Nick Sirianni’s coaching staff, according to a report from NJ.com writer and BGN alumnus Mike Kaye.
This news hardly comes as a surprise. Doug Pederson reportedly wanted to promote Taylor to offensive coordinator and Jeffrey Lurie didn’t like that plan. Hard to blame the Eagles owner, too, given how Taylor oversaw a passing offense that ranked 29th in DVOA last year.
Not to mention how Carson Wentz has only gotten worse since Taylor took over as the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach in 2018. Many reports indicate that Taylor was too “buddy-buddy” with Wentz and didn’t show him the tough love that the quarterback probably needs. Of course, there are also questions about Wentz being amenable to hard coaching.
There are those in the NFL who believe Taylor, who only turned 33 earlier this month, has a bright future ahead of him. To his credit, he recommended that the Philly Special should be in the playbook. Perhaps he’ll prove to be a valuable offensive mind down the road. One would think he’ll land on his feet, especially since his brother, Zac Taylor, coaches the Cincinnati Bengals.
But Taylor’s time in Philly has come to an end after joining the Eagles as an original member of Chip Kelly’s staff back in 2013. The Eagles have a new pass game coordinator in former Colts assistant Kevin Patullo. The Eagles also have a new and real offensive coordinator — as opposed to Taylor being a de facto OC last year — in Shane Steichen.
Now the Eagles just need to hire a good quarterbacks coach who actually can help maximize that position. Not sure how realistic it is but would be great to see them hire Jim Caldwell in that role.