Doug Pederson won’t rush offensive coordinator decision

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The Eagles lost offensive coordinator Frank Reich as part of their coaching staff when he took the Colts head coaching job this week and head coach Doug Pederson said he hasn’t decided how the team will proceed without him.

One possible internal replacement might have been John DeFilippo, but the former quarterbacks coach took the offensive coordinator position with the Vikings shortly after the Super Bowl. There was a report this week that the Eagles might not have a coordinator in 2018 and Pederson confirmed that’s a possibility during an appearance on SiriusXM Radio’s Basketball and Beyond with Coach K with Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski that airs at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday.

“I’m thinking through a lot of things and processing a lot of things right now, a lot of names,” Pederson said. “I haven’t ruled out not having an offensive coordinator. But you know, as a head coach and some of the responsibilities that I have to do during the week and some of the other obligations, I’ve got to look at that too. Because that’s where your offensive coordinator can really step in so, like I said, I’m processing a bunch of things. I’m not going to rush into it, I’m going to make sure it’s the right person, the right fit for what we’re doing. I think that’s important too, that that person fits the culture and his way of thinking has to coincide with the way we’re thinking and … calling the plays and go from there.”

Running backs coach Duce Staley and wide receivers coach Mike Groh have been mentioned as coaches who could take on more responsibility with the Eagles offense in the wake of Reich’s departure and Pederson said he thinks both would make good coordinators. However the responsibilities get divvied up, it’s hard to imagine the Eagles doing major tinkering with an offensive approach that worked very well for them in 2017.

15 responses to “Doug Pederson won’t rush offensive coordinator decision

  1. Thank god. I need a bit more time to put my resume and cover letter together. I’m confident that if I get the interview, I can convince I’m the man for the job.

  2. junkfooddaddy says:
    February 15, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Duce Staley is deserving.


    He’s the popular fan choice which means he’s probably not the right guy for the job.

  3. It’s a tough situation. An expe I end coordinator might not necessarily want the job considering Doug calls the plays. Although, it does beat sitting on the couch… there could be worse opportunities that’s for sure. Might not be a bad idea to bring someone new in with new ideas to build on a already stellar offense!

  4. He should make Duce Staley Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator, Mike Groh Passing Game Coordinator/WR Coach, Jeff Stoutland Running Game Coordinator/OL Coach, Press Taylor QB Coach, Trent Miles RB Coach and T.J. Paganetti Offensive Quality Control Coach. Justin Peelle would remain TE Coach and Eugene Chung would remain Assistant OL/TE Coach.

  5. Just a slight variation richabbs:

    Doug Pederson – Head Coach
    Duce Staley – Assistant Head Coach / Running Game
    Mike Groh – Assistant Head Coach / Passing Game

    Doug does things differently, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes with a whole new construct.

  6. Duce isn’t only the FAN choice… he’s the right choice. Between Doug and Duce, the transition will be smooth. Duce knows the whole playbook. He knows what the line assignments are, WR assignments are, QB plays and his work with the RBs has been excellent. He’s been training for a head coaching job for yrs. Moving up to OC or assistant HC is just the next step in getting there..

  7. Its funny how people rush into narratives. A week ago the Eagles said they werent rushing to make an immediate decision on a OC. Off that all the debate hot take shows and nfl shows said they werent going with an OC, and people started arguing it as him having an ego, power grab, a good idea, over looking and dismissing a deserved minority candidate like Duce etc. Its kind of ridiculous. Any reason to attack someone an invent drama they will take. No matter if the premise is true or not.

  8. Rich Lather says:
    February 15, 2018 at 5:30 pm
    Just a slight variation richabbs:

    Doug Pederson – Head Coach
    Duce Staley – Assistant Head Coach / Running Game
    Mike Groh – Assistant Head Coach / Passing Game

    If u do that then what happens with Stoutland who Doug said was in control of the running game this year?

  9. Stabbeded him in his abdomen says:
    February 15, 2018 at 6:12 pm
    I hope they can go back and repeat. If not I want a team that hasn’t won the big one to win and feel what it’s like as a fan.

    That might be the most civil comment I’ve seen on this site.

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