It looks like the Eagles are finally about to have some wide receivers coach continuity for once! Geoff Mosher reports Philadelphia is expected to retain Aaron Moorehead in his current position on Nick Sirianni’s staff.
Moorehead is the first Eagles wide receivers coach to return for a second year on the job in six years. To recap:
2014 — Bob Bicknell
2015 — Bob Bicknell
2016 — Greg Lewis
2017 — Mike Groh
2018 — Gunter Brewer
2019 — Carson Walch
2020 — Aaron Moorehead
2021 — Aaron Moorehead
It wouldn’t have been unconscionable for the Eagles to move on from Moorehead since they didn’t get good production out of their receivers in 2020. Travis Fulgham did have an elite four-week stretch ... but was inexplicably phased out of the offense. First-round pick Jalen Reagor underachieved while many other rookie receivers around the NFL excelled. Greg Ward logged 7.9 yards per reception, the second-lowest mark among all qualified receivers (only 37-year-old Larry Fitzgerald was lower). John Hightower fell out of favor and was relegated to being a healthy scratch after receiving playing time early in the season. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside didn’t do anything to reverse his bust status. Quez Watkins showed some potential but ultimately had just seven catches for 106 yards.
Of course, Moorehead doesn’t take all the responsibility for these struggles. The front office deserves their fair share of blame for acquiring talent that just might not be good enough. And the Eagles had some of the worst quarterback play in the entire league.
Perhaps a year of continuity will help the young receivers in their development. The Eagles desperately need some of them to step up in a big way. Adding a top talent like Ja’Marr Chase or DeVonta Smith at No. 6 in the 2021 NFL Draft would also be nice.
Moorehead won’t be alone in trying to get the most of the Eagles’ young receivers. New head coach Nick Sirianni has a good track record in that regard and he’s said to be “very, very focused” on that position. New Eagles pass game coordinator Kevin Patullo also has a background as a receivers coach. It’s currently unclear if assistant wide receivers coach Matthew Harper will also return but one would think it’s possible.
Fixing the receiver position has proven to be easier said than done so we’ll see if the Eagles can finally get it right.