Eagles news roundup: Press Taylor gets the boot & a new OC hired

NFL: DEC 29 Chargers at Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, MO – DECEMBER 29: Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator Shane Steichen, head coach Anthony Lynn and quarterback Philip Rivers (17) huddle during a timeout in an AFC West game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs on December 29, 2019 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)

It’s been another busy day for the Philadelphia Eagles. As one tenure ends, another begins. Here’s everything you need to know!

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According to NJ.com’s Mike Kaye, the Eagles are parting ways with QB Coach and passing game coordinator Press Taylor. This was assumed to be the case after the team hired Kevin Patullo as their new passing game coordinator yesterday, but we now have official confirmation.

Taylor has long been criticized for his rapport with Carson Wentz being a little too buddy-buddy and a lot less worky-worky. Wentz has been reportedly able to get away with things in practice that most wouldn’t and Taylor’s relationship with Wentz has led to a lack of accountability.

Who replaces Taylor is still a wild unknown and there’s probably a good chance that Wentz hasn’t taken to this news too kindly. However, if it’s all part of a plan to get the best out of the franchise QB, then there shouldn’t be much reason for unrest at all. Wentz knows he has the weight of the world on his shoulders after a poor 2020 season. It’s now up to him to take flight or say goodnight.

Eagles hire their new offensive coordinator

The Eagles have decided to go with one man as opposed to 87 which should bring a huge sigh of relief and the good news is that its a name to be excited about.

Shane Steichen was the Chargers’ offensive coordinator last season and is credited with the stunning rookie campaign enjoyed by Justin Herbert. The young QB threw for 4,336 yards, 31 touchdowns and 10 picks. The Chargers actually ranked 9th in total yards per game.

In 2016, Steichen became the Chargers’ QB coach and held that spot through 2019 until promotion to offensive coordinator. In that four-year span, Phillip Rivers averaged a 64.9% completion percentage, threw 116 touchdowns and 63 interceptions while averaging 7.9 yards per attempt. He was named a pro bowler in every season that Steichen was the QB coach. This can surely only mean good things for Carson Wentz.

Of course, this means he overlapped with newly-signed head coach Nick Sirianni between the years of 2014-2017. This chemistry is going to be vital moving forward, especially considering how disjointed the offensive structure was last year.

There is a lot to like about this hiring on paper. The question now becomes how will the offense look on the field?

Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire