By HCR Staff | Jan. 14, 2020
Since winning the Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Eagles, like many Super Bowl winning teams, lost talented coaches, but more importantly, lost talented coaches with valuable experience.
During their Super Bowl winning season, the Eagles were led by Doug Pederson and offensive coordinator Frank Reich. Both had played in the NFL as quarterbacks for a long time, on successful teams and surrounded by talented coaches. It’s no wonder that when QB Carson Wentz went down with a season-ending injury, the Eagles were able to seamlessly transition to backup QB Nick Foles all the way into a championship.
Pederson and Reich worked well together because they had shared experiences at the highest level of competition.
The 2019 Eagles offensive staff lacked that experience. Offensive coordinator Mike Groh has been a journeyman coach for much of his career, and QB coach Press Taylor is all of 31 years old, and he never played the position in the NFL either. Playing the position in the NFL isn’t a prerequisite, but it doesn’t hurt either. As in 2017, injuries hit the 2019 Eagles hard, but this time, adapting was rough, and the product simply wasn’t as good.
We think the lack of experience had something to do with that.
We suspect Pederson made Groh the OC out of loyalty–Groh was in his third season with the club and coached WRs during the Super Bowl season. But in our view, Groh always was in over his head as a coordinator. His resume reveals all we need to know. He’s never been in one place very long, and no one else had ever given him a shot at being an NFL coordinator.
It’s not Groh’s fault–Pederson offered the job, and Groh just accepted.
The buck stops with Pederson, and he acknowledged the mistake of hiring Groh by terminating him. Pederson will have to go with more experience with this next hire.