Eagles may lose Joe Douglas, John DeFillipo fairly soon

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 03: Quarterback Carson Wentz
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 03: Quarterback Carson Wentz /

Two key pieces of the Philadelphia Eagles puzzle may be missing when the 2018 NFL season gets underway.

Some jobs are merely stepping stones to better jobs. Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas and quarterbacks coach John DeFillipo are sure to be on a lot of team’s radars as everyone races to make improvements to their teams and their front offices. To tell the truth, that may have already become the case.

DeFillipo has already sparked interest around the NFL as Eagles fans may already remember him for a story that broke prior to the 2017 season. The New York Jets wanted him to take over as their offensive coordinator, but Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie stepped right in and prevented that from happening. Douglas, a name that might not have been as familiar to Eagles fans prior to May of 2016, has earned himself a spot in the hearts of Eagles fans as well.

Success will always draw attention.

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15 years with the Baltimore Ravens led Douglas to a one-year stint with the Chicago Bears before the Eagles brought him to the NovaCare Complex and charged him with setting up a draft board that would lead to, arguably, one of the better team drafts in recent memory.

Sure Donnel Pumphrey may not work out and the jury is still out on guys like Nathan Gerry and Shelton Gibson, but at least this draft didn’t make you feel sick as it unfolded.

As far as DeFillipo goes, it was the success quarterback Carson Wentz had as a rookie that made some take notice. It was that same success that made Lurie believe that DeFillipo was too important of a cog to lose in the Eagles machine. The jump Wentz has made in his second season will, no doubt, have DeFillipo on the front of everyone’s minds as coaches are shuffled around in the offseason.

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There are already rumors that the rival New York Giants may be considering Douglas for a general manager position. If you’re an Eagles fan, you have to hope that doesn’t happen. One thing’s certain however. If the Eagles’ success continues, and there’s no reason to believe it won’t, Lurie and the front office won’t be able to hold the suitors at bay forever.