According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Eagles are expected to promote assistant QB coach Press Taylor to coach the quarterbacks exclusively.
The #Eagles are expected to promote assistant QB coach Press Taylor, who brought "Philly Special" to Doug Pederson before the Super Bowl, to QB coach, source says. Taylor replaces John DeFilippo, now #Vikings OC. No word yet on the now-vacant #Eagles OC job.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 12, 2018
The news shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. While Mike Groh and Duce Staley have been expected to be front runners for the offensive coordinator role, Taylor’s experience as a quarterback and working with Wentz in his rookie year made him a lead contender to replace ‘Flip.’ Here’s what I wrote about Taylor in yesterday’s coaching candidate breakdown:
Taylor is very much the ‘X-Factor’ in all of this. While many see him as a potential replacement for Groh should he move to WR/OC, Taylor could be perfectly primed for a QB coaching role. In his first season with the Eagles (2016), he worked with Carson Wentz as an assistant QB coach alongside DeFilippo. The Eagles have trust and familiarity in Taylor, as do their quarterbacks. During that time, he helped Wentz set an all-time NFL rookie record 379 completions.
A former quarterback himself, Taylor would also bring a unique perspective to the quarterback room and leave the Birds with a much smaller hole to fill.
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