Reports: Eagles to Hire Jeff Stoutland to Coach Offensive Line

Many Eagles fans were hoping the team would hire Alabama head coach Nick Saban after his Crimson Tide won a third BCS Championship in four seasons in 2012. While the Eagles were never legitimate players for Saban, it appears they’re about to land one his best coaches.

Alabama offensive line coach is set to join Chip Kelly’s staff in Philadelphia in the same capacity, according to a report.

Stoutland’s unit at Alabama was stocked with NFL talent, a group that was widely considered to be the best in the country. While he won’t be working with such a dominant group at the NFL level, the Eagles certainly have a formidable starting group.

He began his career in 1984 as a linebackers coach at Southern Connecticut, but eventually switched over to the other side of the ball and became an offensive line coach at Cornell, Syracuse, Michigan State, and Miami before joining Alabama in 2011.

One of Stoutland’s main goals will be to resurrect the career of 2011 first-round pick Danny Watkins and develop younger talent behind the unit’s aging core.

While many are questioning the pedigree of the day’s other reported hire of Billy Davis, Stoutland’s resume is quite the opposite.

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