Five potential offensive coordinators the Eagles need to consider
Doug Pederson & Carson Wentz have both been uninspiring this season. Who is more to blame for the ineptitude on offense is another discussion, not that it really matters at this point. There’s nothing consistent or ingenious about the Eagles offense this season and that starts with the playcalling.
Pederson has been out of touch with the offense all season long. He doesn’t commit to the run game when it’s working and hasn’t played Carson Wentz to his strengths much this season.
Miles Sanders today:— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) November 22, 2020
First half: 14 rushes, 62 yards
Second half: 2 rushes, 4 yards
If Pederson plans to stick around in Philadelphia, it would serve him well to entertain the idea of having a traditional OC in this offense. Thankfully for him, I have already looked into some potential candidates:
James Urban, Baltimore, QB Coach
Urban spent six years in Philadelphia, serving the last couple as the QB coach to Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick. He then spent the following seven years in Cincinnati as their wide receivers coach, where AJ Green made the Pro Bowl each season.
The Eagles interviewed Urban back in January for their vacant OC position, but the 3rd-year QB coach declined to move forward to stay in Baltimore. Urban has had a vital role in developing Lamar Jackson over the last two years and could be instrumental in repairing Carson Wentz.
Watch Lamar Jackson take some target practice to kill time on your Friday afternoon. QB coach James Urban often tells Jackson to “fire his hip” to increase velocity on these short throws. #Ravens pic.twitter.com/bGNGN757KU— Aaron Kasinitz (@AaronKazreports) May 31, 2019
Mike Kafka, Kansas City, Passing Game Coordinator
Kafka could very well be next in line for the Chiefs OC job when Eric Bieniemy inevitably becomes a head coach somewhere. The Eagles were interested in Kafka during the last OC search but their pursuit was blocked by Andy Reid and the Chiefs.
Kafka was drafted by Reid and the Eagles in 2010 for his intelligence and leadership qualities. He worked closely with Patrick Mahomes his rookie season and at just 32 years, could bring those same intangibles to Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense for the foreseeable future.
Great Drill from Kansas City Chiefs QB Coach Mike Kafka— Coach Dan Casey (@CoachDanCasey) August 3, 2018
🔙 Drop Back
⛰ Climb in the Pocket
🗑 Break through the Trash
🎯 Deliver the Ball on Target
Make practice more like the game! pic.twitter.com/LW3yBo2k28
Marcus Brady, Indianapolis, QB Coach
When Frank Reich was hired by the Colts following his Super Bowl season in Philadelphia, he was sure to bring Marcus Brady with him. Despite losing Andrew Luck, Brady has been able to develop the talent that he’s been provided with. Most notably, Jacoby Brissett last season.
Brissett threw for nearly 3,000 yards, 18 TDs, and just 6 INTs under Brady’s tutelage. The 3rd-year QB coach was the offensive coordinator for the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts for five seasons, winning a championship with them in 2017.
Colts camp is raving about Jacoby Brissett's improved accuracy. Know who did that? Their assistant QB coach, former CFL veteran Marcus Brady. After watching tape of Brissett and spotting a flaw in his drop-back. Colts have themselves a QB whisperer: https://t.co/n9tgkeqxxF— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelStar) August 14, 2018
Joe Lombardi, New Orleans, QB Coach
Following a brief stint as an offensive coordinator in Detroit, Lombardi was brought back by the Saints in 2016. After working closely with Drew Brees for a number of years, he’s expected to be a hot name on the market again.
Lombardi deserves credit for having Teddy Bridgwater ready last season when Brees went down as well as his work with Taysom Hill. We all doubted Hill as a passer prior to this weekend, and Lombardi had him prepared in his first career start. He could certainly find ways to utilize Carson Wentz.
I asked Saints QB coach Joe Lombardi whether or not it is fair or worthwhile to try and judge Taysom Hill off of the occasional passes he throws during games. Here is his answer. pic.twitter.com/Br5lgsKT0p— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) November 20, 2020
Duce Staley, Philadelphia, Assistant Head Coach & Running Backs Coach
The fans have been clamoring for Duce to have more responsibility for years now, and it might not be a bad idea. His work speaks for itself, Staley has developed Miles Sanders wonderfully and has gotten the most out of players with far less talent.
The former Eagles running back has been coaching with the organization since 2013. He has strong relationships with everyone, has already earned the respect necessary to coach, and has known Doug Pederson for 20+ years. If you’re looking for someone that understands this offense and the personnel, you’d be hard-pressed to find a candidate more qualified than Duce Staley.