It’s amazing that so many conversations about the Philadelphia Eagles‘ wide receiver corps take place on a day-in and day-out, week-in and week-out, and year-in and year-out basis, and we don’t mention Aaron Moorehead more often than we do.
Perhaps it’s much easier to just dismiss guys after a few games and say “they suck”. Maybe it’s because he’s a quiet guy that we really don’t hear too much about (or from).
Aaron Moorehead is one of the more recognizable Eagles assistant coaches though. Despite it being brief in its duration, his NFL career as a player produced 40 in-game appearances (that includes both the regular season and postseason) and a Super Bowl ring with the Indianapolis Colts for his troubles.
11 years of coaching at the collegiate level eventually helped him ink a job with the Philadelphia Eagles as their wide receivers coach. Yes, we’re talking about that same wide receiver corps that makes everyone want to rip their insides out, so here’s a question. With what we’ve seen from Philly’s pass-catchers over the course of last season and the beginning stages of the new 2021 campaign, is Aaron Moorehead’s stock rising and falling?
How should the Philadelphia Eagles rate the job that Aaron Moorehead is doing?
Okay, we get it. Quez Watkins is a sixth-round draft choice that’s outplaying a guy that Philly drafted in Round 1, Jalen Reagor. Normally, we’d look at something like that and say that this is the evidence of good coaching, but let’s hold off on that and ask a very serious question.
Is Watkins’ leap a sign of Moorehead doing something right or is that more about the internal drive and work ethic of Quez Watkins? What about JJ Arcega-Whiteside, John Hightower, and Jalen Reagor? Moorehead doesn’t seem to be getting the best out of them.
Aaron is the first wide receivers coach to serve in that position for more than a year since the Doug Pederson era began in 2016. He was retained by the current staff after Philly underwent a coaching change and replaced Pederson with Nick Sirianni. That has to count for something right?
All that’s been said to say this. On the subject of whether or not Aaron Moorehead is the spearhead for better days at the wide receiver position, there is no verdict. The jury is still deliberating. The only way we’re going to be able to determine if he is will be if we see some underperforming talent, JJ Arcega-Whiteside perhaps, reach levels that we haven’t seen because of his position coach’s presence. We definitely aren’t seeing that.
Good coaches make good players better. They make bad players look serviceable. They make great players elite, so with that being said, Aaron Moorehead still has work to do.
Philly’s wide receivers are okay. They aren’t great, and if we see regression over the course of the 2021 regular season or if we see guys level off and peak at some sub-standard level, Philly may want to consider canning Moorehead and moving on to someone else.
Hey, Hines Ward is sitting out there. If anyone knows anything about getting the most out of their reservoir, it’s that guy.
Keep a close eye on Aaron Moorehead in the meantime. If this Eagles offense is to truly take off, he’s going to have to do a better job than he’s doing.