This should stir up the rumor mill a tad. What if we told you Joe Pannunzio could possibly return to the Philadelphia Eagles? It’s definitely been floating around.
Here’s something that might have been better suited for ‘The Roundup’. That is if we could confirm that it was even factual to begin with. It appears there’s a possibility that the Philadelphia Eagles could bring Joe Pannunzio back into the fold.
The story was originally reported by Matt Zenitz of Al.com. Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation shared his thoughts on the subject last Wednesday.
Those of you who are a little older or of the die-hard fan variety won’t need help remembering who Pannunzio is.
He previously served as the Eagles’ director of personnel operations from 2015 until 2016. Yep, that was at the tail end of that Chip Kelly experiment and about the same time that Kelly sent both LeSean McCoy and Nick Foles packing so ‘The Birds’ could acquire Kiko Alonso and Sam Bradford.
We won’t even bring up the DeMarco Murray acquisition. Sure, Pannunzio won’t ever be remembered as the scapegoat for any of that. Still, seeing as how Kelly’s rise coincided with the banishment of Howie Roseman, and the fact that Roseman has rightfully been restored to his position of executive vice president of football operations, all of this could make one wonder.
Where did this idea come from, and why do the Eagles really need Pannunzio? Perhaps a better question is do these two even know or like each other?
So, what’s Pannunzio been doing since Eagles fans last saw him? College football fans, no doubt, know the name well. Since 2017, he’s been patrolling the sidelines with Nick Saban in Tuscaloosa.
In 2017, he served as the Alabama Crimson Tide‘s special teams and tight ends coach, and in 2018, he was the Tide’s running backs coach.