The Eagles coaching staff? They’re not very well liked at the moment and that could be due to the lack of productivity and development in players over the past few seasons.
What many people missed and are just now realizing are the departures that happened across the Eagles staff after their Super Bowl win in 2017. The obvious was offensive coordinator Frank Reich taking the head coaching job in Indianapolis but also quarterbacks coach, John DeFilippo, who has been in both Minnesota and Jacksonville for the past two seasons.
Now with Reich, he’s not returning anytime soon but there’s the opportunity that DeFilippo and another familiar face do.
John DeFilippo – Offensive Coordinator
Being well credited for the MVP caliber play of Carson Wentz and Nick Foles during their Super Bowl run in 2017, DeFilippo was automatically liked by many in Philadelphia and around the league as a whole. He took the Offensive Coordinator position in Minnesota right after the 2017 season and is now in a funky situation in Jacksonville.
His time in Minnesota and Jacksonville weren’t necessarily great in the Offensive Coordinator role but he did have some small wins.
Kirk Cousins saw career highs in touchdowns and completion percentage, and he currently has Leonard Fournette and DJ Chark Jr. ranked among the top of the league in yardage at their positions.
With Doug Marrone likely on his way out as the Head Coach in Jacksonville, the Jaguars staff as whole could turn upside quickly which opens things up for DeFilippo and the Eagles.
Ron Rivera – Defensive Coordinator
The Eagles defense has been quite elite under Jim Schwartz in past seasons but in the midst of a down year, Philadelphia may decide to move on from the defensive guru in hopes to find a new spark. And luckily for the Eagles, Ron Rivera is now on the market.
Panthers fired Ron Rivera.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 3, 2019
Now with Rivera likely to draw a lot of attention to fill Head Coaching vacancies across the league, the likelihood of him coming to Philadelphia for a lesser role is unlikely but it makes sense (for the Eagles anyways).
Since taking over as the Defensive Coordinator for Chicago back in 2004, Rivera led defenses have ranked in the Top 15 in Points Allowed 9 times.
Fun Fact – Rivera coached under the legendary Jim Johnson from 1999-2003 as the Eagles linebacker coach. The starting Quarterback for the ’99 Eagles? Doug Pederson. In fact, Rivera and Pederson are good friends to this day.
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