Eagles Search for New Coordinators Begins, Bieniemy to Meet with Commanders, and Other NFL Bullets
It’s been a rough couple of days for the Philadelphia Eagles, who have lost the Super Bowl, and both their offensive and defensive coordinators. First, the Eagles lost to the Chiefs on Sunday night in Phoenix in Super Bowl 57. Then they lost offensive coordinator Shane Steichen to the Colts and defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon to the Cardinals.
- So, now the search for new coordinators begins in Philadelphia. One Eagles beat writer believes that the search will include plenty of in-house candidates. Here’s an excerpt from a story by Zach Berman of The Athletic on Tuesday:
The Eagles are required to conduct a search that includes external candidates, but they will have appealing in-house candidates who could be ready to take on bigger responsibilities. Don’t be surprised if there’s a residual backfilling, with assistant coaches ready to take on the top duties at their positions, too.
- Philadelphia has to interview external candidates, but Berman believes the answers are already in-house. Especially with most big-name candidates already hired within the last month.
- On the offensive side of the ball, Berman named quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson and passing game coordinator Kevin Patullo as favorites for the job. On the defensive side of the ball, Berman named defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson as the favorite. Linebackers coach Nick Rallis has also been discussed as a future coordinator. However, he’s been linked to Arizona as a possibility for Gannon’s staff.
- The Eagles may not be the only Super Bowl team looking for a new coordinator. Kansas City’s OC Eric Bieniemy is meeting with the Washington Commanders today for their vacant OC position. The Commanders also met with former Ravens’ OC Greg Roman on Tuesday.
- Why would Bieniemy entertain a lateral move like that? For whatever reason, he’s not getting the serious head coach consideration that many believe he deserves in his current position. While Bieniemy has done excellent work in Kansas City, he’s doing it next to Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes. So, maybe going to a place like Washington, and having similar success, could give him the boost he needs. There’s little doubt that Bieniemy deserves a shot at a head coaching job, but something like this may be a necessary move.
- In other coordinator news, Frank Reich and the Panthers have a new passing game coordinator this morning:
- Reich and Frazier worked together in Indianapolis. Reich’s coaching staff is coming together with hires of Ejiro Evero (defensive coordinator), Jim Caldwell (senior assistant), Parks Frazier (passing game coordinator), Duce Staley (running backs coach), and Dom Capers (senior defensive assistant) this week.
- The Panthers are expected to meet with Rams assistant head coach and tight ends coach Thomas Brown on Thursday. The meeting will be the second interview for Brown for the team’s offensive coordinator position.
- Reich having Dom Capers to guide Ejiro Evero and Caldwell to help do the same for the eventual offensive coordinator is an intriguing set up in Carolina.
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- The Raiders officially released Derek Carr on Tuesday. The Raiders picked Carr at No. 36 in the 2014 NFL Draft. Carr started immediately and started 142 games in nine seasons with the Raiders. He threw for 35,222 yards, 217 touchdowns, and 99 interceptions with a 64.6 completion percentage, resulting in a 91.8 passer rating. He made four trips to the Pro Bowl as a Raider. The team went 63-79 with Carr as the starter. Carr played in one playoff game during his career, a loss in the 2021 AFC wild card round.
- However, GM Dave Ziegler and head coach Josh McDaniels decided that Carr was not the guy in Vegas. Ziegler and McDaniels released a joint statement on Tuesday:
- The Raiders tried to trade Carr but did so to no avail. So now they lose him for nothing in return. However, the Raiders are in an excellent position to land a viable replacement for Carr this offseason. They immediately freed up $29.25 million in cap space by releasing him.
- It’s mock draft season, and some of it is wild nonsense. However, Dane Brugler is one of the most informed in the game, and he dropped his top 100 prospects on Tuesday:
- On the Blackhawks front, the Patrick Kane trade rumors are full steam ahead:
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