According to Geoff Mosher, the Philadelphia Eagles are planning to let the contract of Rich Scangarello expire this offseason.
Scangarello was onboarded as a ‘senior offensive assistant’ in what quickly became a committee effort to replace Offensive Coordinator Mike Groh. That was a decision that ultimately haunted the Eagles offense, with many perceiving there to be ‘too many chefs in the Kitchen’.
He spent 2019 as the Broncos’ offensive coordinator but it was very much a tale of two halves. The first was an offense filled with pre-snap motion and using a lot of deception to open up the playbook. Sexy. The other half was bad playcalling that led to numerous players (including star running back Phillip Lindsay) throwing him under the bus. Not sexy.
The Eagles did see flash floods of change in their offense this season, but they were just that. One or two play-action looks deep and the offense would revert back to its old ways.
It’s also worth noting that Doug Pederson publicly told reporters that Scangarello had been calling plays when the offense entered two-minute drills. A weird formula, and one that clearly didn’t work. There was no real rhyme or reason as to why this happened, but one has to wonder whether or not Pederson will surrender more play-calling duties next year.
How the Eagles plan to replace Scangarello is a mystery, but surely abolishing this idea of an OC committee and finding one mind to accompany and support Doug Pederson makes a ton of sense. There’s no doubt that the Eagles Head Coach was under a heap of pressure this season and if his offense isn’t firing on all cylinders, there are only so many moves the team can make before the finger-pointing turns to the Super Bowl winner.
Here’s to hoping that this is the first in a string of moves that re-shuffle the deck and restore some stability to a now volatile offense.
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