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Just 48 hours after losing the Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Eagles’ coaching staff became organ donors for head-coach-needy teams.
Can the Eagles be back on the big stage next year? Well, it’s a tall task now that two of their key coordinators are gone.
Eagles Left With Massive Gaps In Coaching
Announced Tuesday, the Eagles lost both offensive coordinator Shane Steichen and defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon after they agreed to head coaching offers for the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals, respectively.
It’s the first time since 1994’s San Francisco 49ers that a team lost their OC and DC following a trip to the Super Bowl.
While both coordinators were long rumored to be in the running for HC positions, the Eagles’ success in 2022-23 provided a sliver of incentive to stay for another campaign and “run it back.”
Instead, Steichen and Gannon decided to nab their HC positions, leaving the vengeful Eagles team and coaching staff on the lookout for new lead guys.
Gannon led a stacked Eagles defense to a 70-sack season but fell short in Super Bowl 57, largely in the second half after giving up a score with each Chiefs offensive drive. Coaching arguably the best defense in the league has its cache; translating it to an HC role is a different challenge. Just ask Brandon Staley and the Chargers.
Joining Arizona comes with the baggage of dealing with Kyler Murray, and until Gannon has a hot-shot OC to handle the $230.5 million QB, the team’s identity will be undefined.
Surprisingly, Steichen may have a better situation waiting for him in Indy.
With the fourth overall pick in the front office’s pocket and a solid cast of offensive skill players, Steichen’s success with the Eagles has a greater chance of translating than Gannon’s.
It’s a new era for Indy and Arizona, while Philadelphia is stuck having to pay the price for their departures.
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It was the Eagle’s outstanding O-line that made them so elite, but we’ll see. Best of luck to both of them.
These two guys record doesn’t come close to Eric Bienemy and he still doesn’t have a HC gig