Philadelphia Eagles rumor mill: Might Duce Staley take over as OC?
If Philadelphia Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley took over as the team’s offensive coordinator, it wouldn’t surprise quite a few people.
During his playing days, Philadelphia Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley quickly became a fan favorite in ‘The City of Brotherly Love’. Running rough shot over the Dallas Cowboys‘ defense in ‘The Pickle Juice Game’ will do that for you. Once he was established as the heart and soul of the Eagles running game, you could almost feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand up when Staley took the ball and the chants of ‘DUCE’ reverberated around Veterans Stadium and then, eventually at Lincoln Financial Field.
Once his playing days were over and Andy Reid brought him back as a coaching intern, no one batted an eye. Sure Duce can join the coaching staff. We didn’t even know if he’d be good at the job. He was. He eventually took over as special teams quality control coach. From there, in 2013 he became the Eagles running backs coach.
He’s been doing a fine job ever since.
Don’t be surprised if this one picks up steam.
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Fast forward, and, just in case you haven’t noticed, Staley has been a fixture on the Eagles’ sidelines. He’s seen three coaching regimes, that of Andy Reid, Chip Kelly and, now, Doug Pederson. The head man patrolling the sidelines may have changed over the past few years, but Staley’s been here through it all.
He was there during three losses in the NFC Championship Game as a player. He’s been a part of the Eagles’ first successful Super Bowl run as a member of the coaching staff.
Now, with both John DeFilippo and Frank Reich gone, there’s a chance he could be promoted to offensive coordinator. From the outside looking in, the natural inclination is to question his experience and ask if he can do the job. From the inside of the Eagles’ organization, the theory is this isn’t could be a natural transition.
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Members of the NFL Newtork echoed some of those thoughts one week after the Eagles won Super Bowl LII when talk began heating up that Reich would be accepting the role of head coach with the Indianapolis Colts. Honestly, it makes sense. He’s highly respected in the organization. He’s loved by his players. Stay tuned ladies and gentlemen. This one may pick up steam. Every Eagles fan will be following the comings and goings very closely.