According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Eagles have agreed to terms with Shane Steichen on a contract that will see him take over as the teams’ new offensive coordinator.
At 35-years-old, Steichen is one of the younger coaching minds in the NFL and has strong ties to new head coach Nick Sirianni. The two worked together between 2014-2017 as members of the Chargers.
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.
The Chargers offense exploded under his guidance in 2020 thanks to rookie sensation Justin Herbert. If you weren’t sold on Steichen’s QB-whispering ability before, Herbert’s 4,336-yard rookie campaign that saw him throw 31 touchdowns and 10 picks took the world by storm after many were down on him during the NFL Draft process.
While the offense struggled to close out games, there were plenty of bright spots along the way. The Chargers actually ranked 9th in total yards per game.
With a strong connection to Nick Sirianni and an impressive background in developing quarterbacks, you can’t help but feel like this is a move primed to try and build a strong foundation around Carson Wentz. The Eagles seem to have their blueprint laid out, they now just have to make that vision come to life and resurrect the fallen signal-caller.
The Eagles still have a few remaining positions to fill, but they’re wasting no time in assembling a staff around their new centerpiece. Sirianni is clearly having a strong influence on how the new coaching structure will look and that can only be a good thing, with the team looking to quickly move on from such a bumpy 2020 season
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