Running backs coach Duce Staley and wide receivers coach Mike Groh appeared to be the two leading candidates for the vacant Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator job, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that no plans are in place at the moment to hire one.
With the #Eagles having no immediate plans to hire an offensive coordinator to take Frank Reich's job (potentially elevating both Duce Staley and Mike Groh to bigger jobs), all the OC and DC jobs seem to be filled (pending more craziness).
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 13, 2018
The offensive coordinator position became open when Frank Reich became the new head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. The plan is to have both Staley and Groh get more responsibilities in terms of planning the offense and I can see a scenario where Staley is in charge of the running game and Groh the passing game. With head coach Doug Pederson calling the plays and on the heels of a Super Bowl win, bringing in a veteran coordinator like a Jim Caldwell or Darrell Bevell isn’t necessary. Pederson has already proven himself.
Philadelphia wouldn’t be the only organization without an offensive coordinator. The Houston Texans didn’t have one in 2017 when head coach Bill O’Brien decided on calling the plays after the team fired George Godsey.
Reich isn’t the lone coach to leave Philly. Former quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo became the Minnesota Vikings’ new offensive coordinator. The Eagles will reportedly replace DeFilippo with assistant quarterbacks coach Press Taylor.