FootballScoop.com is reporting that the Eagles head coach Chip Kelly will bring Alabama offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland on his staff to coach the Birds offensive line. The hiring of Billy Davis as defensive coordinator wasn’t impressive, but the hiring of Stoutland from the best football program in the country will definitely make Eagles fans stand up and take notice.
Stoutland has done an outstanding job with the Crimson Tide and has been regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football for quite a while now. His offensive lines have dominated opponents by opening huge holes for Crimson Tide running backs like Heisman Trophy Mark Ingram, first round pick Trent Richardson and current Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon.
This report could improve the chances of the Eagles drafting Crimson Tide All-America offensive guard Chance Warmack with their fourth pick. It’s very unusual for teams to draft guards so high, but they do have need at the position and Warmack is supposed to be a very special player.
I personally don’t want to see them draft a guard that high. If they wind up using that pick on Warmack, it means they do think he’s a very special player and that Kelly plans on running the football a great deal.