While Mike Groh may have helped his chances of retaining his job slightly in Sunday’s win against the New York Giants, that hasn’t made people forget about the offensive struggles the Eagles have had all season. Just take a look at the results of this poll:
Mike Groh is on an undeniably very hot seat and unless he can have a very sharp turnaround in these last 5 games, it seems probable that the team will move on. Especially after a boneheaded comment he made about how he is “struggling to get Golden Tate integrated into the offense.” Here are some of their possible replacement options:
#1) Duce Staley-As a beloved Eagles RB in his playing days, fans were very excited when Chip Kelly brought Duce Staley in to be the Eagles running backs coach in 2011. After a few up and down years with switching from LeSean McCoy, to a committee of Demarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, and Darren Sproles, to where we are now, he has done a pretty commendable job. Some of his biggest accomplishments include implementing Jay Ajayi almost seamlessly into the offense last year, and helping create a star out of an undrafted prospect in Corey Clement. Because of these accomplishments and his loyalty to the Eagles, Staley was promoted to Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs Coach at the start of this season. However, many assume Duce wanted the position of Offensive Coordinator that Frank Reich left open after his departure to be HC of the Colts. Doug Pederson interviewed Mike Groh (who at the time was the WR’s coach,) and Duce Staley, at the time, obviously Groh got the job. Many feel that this was a mistake and that Duce deserved the OC job. We’ll have to wait and see what the Eagles do in the months to come, but Duce may have significantly boosted his chances by creating another stud out of undrafted rookie Josh Adams.
#2) Bruce Arians-Most known for his head coaching runs with the Arizona Cardinals and interim run with the Colts, offensive-guru Bruce Arians could be a very good option for the Eagles OC job. When Colts coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2012, Arians stepped in and guided the Colts to a 9-3 record and was named NFL Coach of The Year. The following year when Pagano came back, Arians was offered the head coaching job with the Arizona Cardinals for the 2014 season. In that season, he led the Cardinals to an 11-5 record and was yet again named the AP Head Coach of The Year. Bruce Arians had the Cardinals as Super Bowl contenders in the 2015 season and posted absolutely incredible offensive numbers. Under Arians, the Cardinals were the hottest offense in the NFL and QB Carson Palmer was an MVP candidate. Arians would be a great fit and would probably be my #1 preference. However, Arians said on November 25th, 2018 that he would “listen to the Browns, and only them,” about coming out of retirement. It is unsure how serious he is about these comments, but the Eagles should definitely do their due diligence in inquiring about Arians.
#3) Lincoln Riley-While it’s kind of a long shot as he’s expected to receive offers from multiple NFL teams including the Packers and Browns, it’s worth mentioning that the Eagles should offer Oklahoma University coach Lincoln Riley the position as Offensive Coordinator. Some may be skeptical about college coaches in the NFL but Riley has undeniably put the “boom,” no pun intended, into Oklahoma’s Sooners. Their offensive numbers have skyrocketed since he arrived there and former players including Browns QB Baker Mayfield have said they learned so much from him. I don’t feel it’s completely absurd to think that the Eagles could land him, Riley may want to get some NFL experience before taking on a HC role right away, and the Eagles could provide a perfect stepping stone with a TON of talent as him disposal.
#4) Mike Kafka-If that name sounds familiar, that’s because it is. Mike Kafka was a 2010 draft pick for the Eagles under Andy Reid. Kafka was brought by Andy Reid to Kansas City and is currently their QB coach. Kafka has been working very closely with breakout star QB Patrick Mahomes in his rise to success this season. While most of it appears to be accredited to Mahomes’ incredible arm talent and play-making ability, a quarterback’s coach is extremely important to a QB’s development and that is surely the case in KC. We all know that Andy Reid’s coaching carousel has created some incredible head coaches in the NFL, including Doug Peterson and Rams HC Sean McVay. Could Kafka be the latest talent to emerge?
These are just a few of the options the Eagles may look to pursue in the offseason if they decide to part ways with Mike Groh. It remains to be seen how likely Groh is to go based on how the offense performs in these final five games. We know that the Eagles are not hesitant to make moves and that in the end they will always do what they feel is best for the team in the long run. Let’s see how this one pans out.