The Eagles made official their new coaching staff on Wednesday, with two new hires and six assistant coaches taking on new responsibilities. The changes are as follows:
- Mike Groh promoted to offensive coordinator
- Duce Staley promoted to assistant head coach/running backs coach
- Jeff Stoutland promoted to offensive line coach/run game coordinator
- Press Taylor promoted to quarterbacks coach
- Gunter Brewer hired as wide receivers coach
- Carson Walch hired as assistant wide receivers coach
- Trent Miles promoted to offensive quality control/running backs
- Spencer Phillips promoted to offensive quality control/quarterbacks
Groh was the wide receivers coach last season and replaces Frank Reich, who became the Indianapolis Colts head coach. The Eagles hired Brewer, formerly North Carolina’s wide receivers coach, to take Groh’s old job. Brewer will be assisted by Walch, who was the offensive coordinator for the Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos last season and was a quality-control coach with the Chicago Bears in 2013 and 2014, when Groh was a Bears assistant.
“I couldn’t have gone wrong with either [Groh] or Duce,” coach Doug Pederson said last week. “I talked to both of those guys, and I felt comfortable obviously with Mike, being in the coordinator position — sharp mind. He was involved in our passing game quite a bit, and he’s a former quarterback — things of that nature. Made a nice fit for me.”
Staley, who also interviewed to be the Eagles’ offensive coordinator, was promoted to assistant head coach while keeping his running-backs coach responsibilities. He will also be involved in the Eagles run game, which will officially be coordinated by Stoutland, who remains the offensive line coach.
“I didn’t want to lose” Staley as running-backs coach, Pederson said. “Even though Mike is now the OC, I still want his influence in the receiver room, just like if Duce was the OC, I’d want his influence in the running-back room. … The way it worked out, I can keep Duce in that running-back room, give him a little more game-plan responsibilities on both the run and the pass, and try to increase his role.”
Taylor earned a promotion from quality-control coach to quarterbacks coach. He replaces John DeFilippo, who became the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator. Taylor has been with the Eagles since 2013 and was part of introducing the “Philly Special” play design to the Eagles.
“This guy, he’s sharp,” Pederson said. “The way he details his work. The reports he puts together for me … . The way he studies and prepares. He’s sharp. He sees things defensively from a breakdown standpoint [that’s] going to help the quarterbacks. He’s got a mind for the game, obviously. You talk about players being football junkies — he’s one of those coaching junkies. He just loves ball and to study the game.”
Phillips, who has been with the Eagles since 2016 as a coaching assistant, takes over Taylor’s old job. Miles, a former head coach at Indiana State and Georgia State, also gets a new position after serving as a coaching assistant last year.