Could Philadelphia Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley finally get his own team in 2019?
With NFL Week 17 coming and going, the regular season is almost officially a wrap. That means that more than half the league will be preparing for their next step, which is free agency and the draft. Not everybody automatically advances to prepping for that part of the offseason though. Some teams have to find some new staffers first. With a couple of teams already ahead of the game by firing their head coaches, there are expected to be a couple more changes soon.
So far, there have been two firings this season. Hue Jackson is out from the Cleveland Browns. And Mike McCarthy’s time with the Green Bay Packers has finally come to an end. There are a few other teams who are rumored to be moving on from their head coaches as well, but nothing is set in stone just yet.
As many coaches are struggling to keep their job in 2018, the long list of potential replacement candidates is already beginning to shape up. Last season, the coaching carousel did not treat the Eagles right as they lost Frank Reich and John DeFilippo to a head coaching and offensive coordinator job. Now, they could be potentially losing another in 2019, and it’s not exactly who you think it’s going to be.
Duce Staley is drawing some interest?
According to NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero, some team executives have taken an interest in Eagles running backs coach, Duce Staley. Now, that doesn’t mean that after this year Staley will be gone and with another team, no. Understand that this list is extensive and has a ton of names on it. Staley is listed along with the candidates who would be getting their first head coaching job.
The one thing that stands out about Staley on that list though is that he’s a positions coach and not a coordinator. Over this past offseason, Staley had the opportunity to win over the offensive coordinator job with the Eagles, but they decided to run with Mike Groh. Not to mention, Staley has also interviewed for head coaching positions before, and he didn’t get it.
Although Staley is gaining some interest once again this year, Eagles fans shouldn’t be too worried about losing him to a head coaching job. However, there could potentially be an offensive coordinator job out there waiting for him if the Eagles decide to either keep Mike Groh or bring somebody from outside of the organization in. We still have some time before the Eagles decide on what they are going to do, but at least the Eagles shouldn’t lose that many significant names this offseason.