A successful NFL team is going to have their coaching staffs poached by the rest of the league.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, they’ve already lost two key assistants from Doug Pederson’s staff.
Frank Reich accepted the head coaching job in Indianapolis, and quarterbacks coach John DeFillipo has moved on to the offensive coordinator role in Minnesota.
DeFillipo was widely expected to move on. His contract had expired, and it was almost a foregone conclusion that he’d leave for, at minimum, an offensive coordinator role elsewhere, if not a head coaching gig.
Reich was an unexpected loss, and it’s one that could cost the Eagles a couple more assistants before everything is said and done.
New England’s weasel of an offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels really hurt the Eagles here. Losing DeFillipo was expected, but as an offensive coordinator, Flip wouldn’t really have much say in bringing over other members of Doug Pederson’s staff to Minnesota.
Reich on the other hand has almost full control, and it’d be hard to imagine that he wouldn’t bring a coach or two with him from the Eagles to Indianapolis.
How will the Eagles replace Reich and DeFillipo?
Duce Staley or perhaps even wide receivers coach Mike Groh seem like the most obvious candidates for the offensive coordinator role. Staley interviewed for the Eagles’ head coaching job before Pederson was hired, and also reportedly drew some interest from other teams as an offensive coordinator, so after serving over half a decade as the team’s running backs coach, it may be time for Duce to get his shot in a larger role on the staff.
Groh deserves a lot of credit for his hand in turning Nelson Agholor’s career around, and the team was already considering moving him to the quarterbacks coach role.
The Eagles still have some good depth on their coaching staff, but you really have to hope that Reich doesn’t lure a quality guy or two away with him.
The Arrow Is Still Pointing Up For The Eagles
What’s really wild here, this team may just be scratching the surface of what they can do, the arrow is only pointing up moving forward.
Carson Wentz still has room to grow and improve on what he’s already done.
Jay Ajayi will get a full offseason in the system, and could do a lot more next year.
Sidney Jones should be a starter from the get go next year, and add another layer to the defense.
There are other intriguing young guys like Mack Hollins and Corey Clement are only going to get better with experience. Same for Derek Barnett on the defensive side of the ball.
Another first-round pick will join this talented team next year as well. This team is so young, and is in position for sustainable success in years to come. We could be on the verge of entering an era that was very similar to the run the Phillies went on from 2007-2011.
Who Will The Eagles Open Next Season Against?
One of the best parts of an NFL Championship is that the winner has the honor of hosting the NFL season-opener the following year.
The NFL will of course want to make this an exciting matchup, and the Birds have a lot of great options on the table.
In addition to the Cowboys, Giants, and Redskins, the Eagles also host the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, and Carolina Panthers, three playoff teams from this past year. The Eagles defeated all of these teams in 2017, with the only loss coming to the Cowboys in the meaningless Week 17 season finale.
My money is on Eagles-Dallas for opening night. It’s by far the strongest rivalry on paper. The Giants and Redskins in their current states wouldn’t get as much hype. The Vikings might be in the mix for the opener as well, but I think it’d be very hard for the league to pass up an Eagles-Cowboys opener.