Coaching News

Posted: January 18th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 2 Comments »

We finally got some good nuggets on the Eagles coaching situation on Friday. There were people coming and going, and candidates emerging.

First up, some offensive coordinator news.

If you read this site, you might remember I mentioned Harrell earlier this week.

Graham Harrell – Great background. Played at Texas Tech in the Air Raid offense. Spent time in the NFL as a backup with the Packers. Was a positional assistant at Washington State and then the OC at North Texas, where they had a lot of offensive success. Harrell became the OC for the USC Trojans in 2019. Up and coming coach.

I looked at a list of all college football teams. I went through the teams who had the best offenses and the best coaches. Harrell stood out to me because of his college background, NFL background and track record.

I need to write a lot more about Harrell, but I think he would be a terrific hire. He would bring new ideas and a new set of eyes to the Eagles offense. I think that is just what this team needs.


I was surprised by this.

This makes me think that word in the coaching community is that the Eagles are leaning heavily toward Harrell. Urban and Engram are not exactly household names. Those guys shouldn’t be turning down interviews for a promotion. The fact they did that has to mean something.

Or I guess they could just love Baltimore crab cakes that much.


Speaking of surprises.

I’m not shocked, but I am surprised.

To be fair, the Eagles DL wasn’t as good as hoped this year. Injuries were a factor, but we didn’t see young players developing as expected. Josh Sweat was better than his rookie year, but I was still disappointed. Shareef Miller couldn’t get on the field. Derek Barnett flashed, but he needs to be better. Tim Jernigan is maddeningly inconsistent.

For Jim Schwartz’s scheme to thrive, the Eagles DL must be outstanding. Just think back to the playoff game. Seattle had backup OL in there. The Eagles couldn’t take advantage of that.

The Eagles DL wasn’t bad this year, but they didn’t live up to the talent they had.

So who will replace Daniels?

I wonder about this. Burke has more of a LB background. He’s never been a DL coach. Can you really trust him to get the most out of the guys up front?

It doesn’t seem that hard to coach pass rushers, but that is a critical position. Any little nuance that can help them get an advantage is important.

Jim Schwartz thinks highly of Burke. This is the third time they’ve worked together (also the Titans and Lions). I’m glad for Burke to be on the staff because Schwartz values his input and ideas. You don’t have him coach the DL unless you think he’s the best man for the job.

We’ll see what happens.



Former players do not always work out as coaches or scouts. Just because you can play the game doesn’t mean you can identify and/or develop talent. Those are very different skills.

I do think Barwin has a chance to succeed in this role. First, he’s got a blue collar mentality. Some former players think talent evaluation is going to be fun or easy. They don’t realize you study thousands of prospects to find a handful of guys.

Barwin also has an advantage because of his personality. He was a leader for the Eagles. Not a great player “Follow me boys!” kind of leader, but rather someone who cared about his teammates and built strong relationships with them. He should be good at reading prospects to find out who has the right kind of personality. Intangibles go a long way toward success in the NFL.

Howie Roseman said the Eagles had a couple of additions to the personnel staff that the team would be announcing. He seemed excited about the moves. This wasn’t a move I was expecting. I loved Barwin as a player. We’ll have to see if he can get the job done in the front office.

It does make you wonder what the other move or moves will be.


2 Comments on “Coaching News”

  1. 1 Eagles News: Doug Pederson doit s’améliorer en ce qui concerne l’embauche d’entraîneurs adjoints | FR24 News France said at 8:34 AM on January 19th, 2020:

    […] Nouvelles des entraîneurs – Iggles BlitzJ’ai regardé une liste de toutes les équipes de football universitaires. J’ai parcouru les équipes qui avaient les meilleures offensives et les meilleurs entraîneurs. Harrell s’est démarqué de moi en raison de ses antécédents universitaires, de sa formation dans la NFL et de ses antécédents. J’ai besoin d’écrire beaucoup plus sur Harrell, mais je pense qu’il serait une formidable recrue. Il apporterait de nouvelles idées et de nouveaux yeux à l’offensive des Eagles. Je pense que c’est exactement ce dont cette équipe a besoin. […]

  2. 2 Eagles News: Doug Pederson needs to improve on hiring assistant coaches | FR24 News English said at 8:38 AM on January 19th, 2020:

    […] Coaches News – Iggles BlitzI looked at a list of all the college football teams. I went through the teams that had the best offense and the best coaches. Harrell stood out because of his university background, his NFL training and his background. I need to write a lot more about Harrell, but I think he would be a great recruit. It would bring new ideas and new eyes to the Eagles' offense. I think that's exactly what this team needs. […]