Clemson’s Tony Elliott would be an intriguing add for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Tony Elliott is coming off his first season as the lone offensive coordinator for the Clemson Tigers. Under Elliott’s guidance in 2020, the Tigers posted 34 points or more in 11 of 12 games. The only game the Tigers failed to eclipse 34 points was the CFP Semifinal matchup in which Elliott was out due to a positive COVID-19 test.
Elliott has been with Clemson since 2011 and has had OC or co-OC duties since 2015. He’s also the team’s running back coach. Elliott has worked directly with college phenoms like Trevor Lawrence, Deshaun Watson, Travis Etienne, Wayne Gallman, and more. In 2017 he earned the Frank Boyles award recognizing the top college assistant coach in the nation.
Under Elliott in 2020, Clemson posted just under 350 passings yards per game, good for sixth in the nation. The team rushed for over 150 yards per contest and averaged 43.5 points per game. They were third in the nation in both categories.
With quarterbacks like Trevor Lawrence and Deshaun Watson on Elliott’s side, the job might seem easy, but don’t let the talent overshadow Elliott’s ability to develop. From 2019 to 2020, he was able to help Lawrence evolve from a quarterback that was tossing for just under 290 yards per game into a phenom that threw for more than 350 yards per contest. If it wasn’t for Lawrence’s missed games, the Heisman trophy most likely would have attached itself to Elliott’s product.
The NFL has seen plenty of college gurus step into the league and garner early success. Kliff Kingsbury has improved the Cardinals’ offense. LSU product Joe Brady is already entertaining head coaching interviews after one season in Carolina, and Buffalo’s Brian Daboll, an Alabama guy, might be the hottest name in the league. Elliott would give the Philadelphia Eagles a much-needed shot in the arm. Let’s talk about some former backup quarterbacks.