The 2019 season came to an end and the Eagles wasted no time making changes to their coaching staff with openings now at Offensive Coordinator, Defensive Backs Coach and Wide Receivers Coach.
The coaching market has been hot as multiple teams have already made some significant moves and with things continuing that way, Philadelphia’s market is quickly drying up.
Below are a handful of names that would make a lot of sense for the open coaching positions on this Philadelphia staff.
After the departure of Mike Groh, a name that has emerged as a favorite is Jim Caldwell. He was the Quarterbacks Coach/Head Coach for Peyton Manning during the prime of his career, is often credited for Joe Flacco’s historical postseason performance in 2013, and put up some juicy offensive numbers with Matthew Stafford in Detroit.
John DeFilippo, who was with the Eagles as the Quarterbacks coach during their Super Bowl run, was just recently let go by Jacksonville. He coached rookie QB Gardner Minshew to a quite successful rookie year after he lost Foles for most of the season. Leonard Fournette and D.J. Chark also turned in the best seasons of their young careers in his offense.
Another name to watch for the gig is longtime Redskins coach, Jay Gruden.
Defensive Backs Coach
Cory Undlin has left for the Defensive Coordinator gig in Detroit after 5yrs with the Eagles. Philadelphia hasn’t had a standout secondary for quite some time and although personnel is the biggest reason for that, a change in the staff may help.
Kris Richard, who is expected to depart from Dallas, is an intriguing name. Just 41yrs old, Richard has seen success very early in his career. He was the Defensive Backs coach and DC for Seattle during their Legion of Boom era.
Wide Receivers Coach
The Eagles have struggled with consistency at this position as they’ve been through a handful of different coaches over the past few years. Sanjay Lal, another former Cowboys coach, is a top candidate for this position despite his group leading the NFL in drops. He’s often credited for the development of Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper, who both have seen some phenomenal years in Dallas.
Also keep an eye on Josh McCown (yes, the Quarterback). Pederson and the Eagles have shown in the past that they like keeping familiar faces around. McCown, a 16yr veteran, could be groomed into a real gem on the Eagles coaching staff.
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