Philadelphia Eagles close to losing one of their best coaches?

Jeff Stoutland, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Jeff Stoutland, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

It was one of the better Philadelphia Eagles coaching jobs this season.

Sometimes, life lessons can be learned in some of the simplest things. Have you ever watched those poker tournaments on ESPN? If you didn’t learn anything else from those, it’s this. Sometimes, even the best card players in the world can be dealt a bad hand. That kind of sounds like what happened with Philadelphia Eagles offensive line coach, Jeff Stoutland, doesn’t it?

When the 2020 regular season began, Philly’s offensive front was supposed to feature Andre Dillard, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, and Lane Johnson. By the time we all reached the finish line, the only person on that group that was healthy was Kelce.

Dillard and Brooks never made it to game one. Jason Peters was back on the team but standing on the sideline. Johnson had been lost for the season. Philly’s offensive line coach, Jeff Stoutland, was literally holding his unit together with reserves and tape from the trainers’ table.

Forget the sacks and the inability of Philly’s offensive line to create holes for their tailbacks. This may have been one of the better coaching jobs by one of Philadelphia’s assistants (keep in mind the fact that they lost rookie Jack Driscoll too). Now, it appears that they may lose that assistant.

There are now reports about a Philadelphia Eagles coach we don’t want to lose.

According to a report by The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, the Eagles offensive line coach may be headed back to Tuscaloosa to join Nick Saban’s coaching staff (again). He served as The Tide’s offensive line coach from 2011 to 2012 before joining the Birds in 2013.

Here’s a quote from Fledman:

"Look for Eagles OL coach Jeff Stoutland to replace Kyle Flood (off to Texas) as Alabama’s offensive line coach. Stoutland who was the Tide’s OL coach in 2011-12, and Nick Saban go back a long time."

Keep an eye on this one. Things are starting to get really interesting in the City of Brotherly Love, but this is the Eagles’ best position coach. Losing him would be a tremendous loss.