Eagles Will ‘Press’ Forward with New Flow Chart
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles will reportedly enter the 2020 season without an offensive coordinator, eschewing the conventional title for the better-defined split of passing game and run game coordinators.
The NFL Network reported that Carson Wentz's position coach Press Taylor, 32, is being elevated to the role of PGC.
As far as job descriptions go that has essentially been the setup since Frank Reich left to become the head coach in Indianapolis with Mike Groh serving as the PGC with the OC title attached to that and Jeff Stoutland serving as both the RGC and offensive line coach.
Groh, of course, was fired at the insistence of owner Jeffrey Lurie after the season and landed with the Colts as Reich's receivers coach, the same job he had with the Eagles before being promoted as Reich's replacement, albeit with lesser responsibility.
The Eagles considered going to these designations after Reich left but ultimately decided to stick with the more conventional flow chart and Groh did serve as the final filter between head coach Doug Pederson and the offensive assistants.
This time the organization is going with the clearer defined descriptions with Taylor being elevated while also staying as QB coach and Wentz's day-to-day mentor. Stoutland will also stay in his role as both the RGC and OL coach.
As to why the Eagles are staying away from the OC title, one NFL source pointed to assistant head coach/RB coach Duce Staley, who would have been "passed over" twice for the OC job had Taylor been given that title. Arguably three times if you count Stoutland getting the run game nod over Staley last year.
Had the Eagles hired someone from outside the organization like Southern Cal OC Graham Harrell or Baltimore QB coach James Urban, the OC title would have been used, according to the source.
The "outside voice" that Lurie has been pressing for will come in the form of former Denver OC Rich Scangarello, a disciple of Kyle Shanahan and the Shanahan-Gary Kubiak tree which places a heavy emphasis on play-action football, as well as former Mississippi State OC and QB coach Andrew Breiner, who was under Joe Moorhead in Starkville, foreshadowing more of an RPO-heavy approach to offensive football.
Scangarello, 47, left his job as OC and QB coach at Northern Arizona 2015 for an entry level-like job with the Atlanta Falcons just to work with Shanahan because Scangarello was so enamored with that offense. He was back in college as Wagner's OC before Shanahan hired him to coach QBs with the 49ers in 2017-18. From there he got a one-and-done job as the play-caller in Denver under Vic Fangio.
Scangarello is expected to be given a senior assistant title with the Eagles and focus more on the big picture of the offense rather than a position, similar to the role Matt Burke had with the defense last season.
Speaking of Burke, who is going to take over as the defensive line coach, a source confirmed to 973espn.com that Phillip Daniels did indeed get the short end of the stick and was released in order to open the position for Burke. It had little to do with the job performance of Daniels.
Former NFL receiver Aaron Moorehead, meanwhile, will be Pederson's fifth receivers coach in five years, following Greg Lewis, Groh, Gunter Brewer and the recently-fired Carson Walch.
Moorehead, a five-year pro with the Colts from 2003-07, has spent his entire coaching career at the college level to date, mentoring WRs at Virginia Tech, Texas A&M and most recently Vanderbilt over the past two seasons.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen