Eagles retain offensive assistant despite rumors of Packers hire

Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
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Despite there being rumors of a Philadelphia Eagles assistant heading to the Green Bay Packers, it appears that Philadelphia’s offensive coaching staff will remain intact… for now. In what was surprisingly two of the less talked about stories of the week, a couple of the team’s assistant coaches have seen their names added to the coaching rumor mill along with Jonathan Gannon.

Things move quickly in the NFL. That’s a given, so if you haven’t been paying attention or you got swept up in the news of Tom Brady’s retirement, here’s an update.

Eagles QB Coach Brian Johnson will remain in Philly.

On January 27th, following the news of the Chicago Bears’ decision to hire Matt Eberflus, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Eagles passing game coordinator Kevin Patullo was someone who could be a favorite for their offensive coordinator position. Take a look for yourselves.

So far there’s been no news on that front. This is something to watch though.

The NFC North has been busy as former Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is now the head coach of the Denver Broncos. That leaves questions about whether Aaron Rodgers might join him and who Green Bay may hire to fill a very important position on the team’s coaching staff.

Rapoport also mentioned a theory on that front as well, as he named Eagles QB Coach Brian Johnson as a person of interest. The Packers also interviewed Los Angeles Chargers tight ends coach Kevin Koger and considered two in-house candidates, Luke Getsy and Adam Stenavich before eventually promoting Stenavich.

From the Eagles’ perspective, the burning question is, if Patullo and Johnson’s names continue to trend (they’re two important pieces of Philadelphia’s offensive coaching staff), how this might affect their young signal-caller Jalen Hurts. He and Johnson have a relationship that dates back to his youth, and much has been made about how many offensive coordinators he’s had at the collegiate level and in the NFL.

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We’ll see how things go. For now, the rumor mill is churning, and Johnson, Patullo, and Gannon are all names to watch. So much for all of that talk last year about this Eagles coaching staff and whether or not we should be worried about if they know what they’re doing, huh?