PHILADELPHIA ( - Semantics was always going to be a big part of the Eagles revamped coaching staff and that played out Tuesday afternoon after Mike Groh was promoted to offensive coordinator.

The loser in the two-man, in-house race to replace new Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich, running backs mentor Duce Staley, was given the assistant head coach title, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.

Semantics aside, the tweak and accompanying pay raise, was a consolation prize for the longer-tenured Staley.

The assistant head-coaching tag isn't used by most teams in the NFL but is usually revered for high-profile position coaches with bigger reputations. For instance in Atlanta, former Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris is the assistant head coach/wide receivers/passing game coordinator under Dan Quinn but despite the lengthy, impressive business card for all practical purposes, he's behind offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian on the flowchart.

The same is true for the Eagles in that Groh will have a bigger impact in putting together the offense than Staley.

-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for You can reach him at or on Twitter @JFMcMullen


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