The Philadelphia Eagles could take multiple hits this offseason and it has nothing to do with the current roster.
NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero put out a list of 22 coaches that could be on the move this offseason.
Pelissero’s list was compiled via conversations with NFL executives, coaches, and “others close to the search process”.
Three Eagles assistants are on Pelissero’s list:
- Jonathan Gannon, defensive coordinator
- Shane Steichen, offensive coordinator
- Brian Johnson, quarterbacks coach
The Eagles were the NFL’s last unbeaten team before dropping their first game this past Monday night, so it won’t be a surprise if several members of Nick Sirianni’s young staff are in demand for head coaching interviews in this cycle. (Sirianni himself is another alum of this list.) Gannon interviewed last year for head coaching jobs with the Broncos, Vikings and Texans (who brought him back a second time), and the Eagles’ improvement on defense should make him even hotter this time around. Steichen has overseen the Eagles’ offensive rise since taking over play-calling duties during the 2021 season and has a good reputation going back to his days with the Chargers. Johnson was a prolific college quarterback at Utah who returned to the Utes as a coach and subsequently became the youngest FBS offensive coordinator at age 24. He has mentored the likes of Dak Prescott, Kyle Trask and now Jalen Hurts (whose dad, Averion, coincidentally coached Johnson).
When a team has the best record in the NFL over halfway through the season, there’s a good chance their assistants will be coveted.
And that’s obviously the case with the Eagles.
Which assistants might actually leave the Eagles?
I’d be surprised if Johnson went from quarterbacks coach to head coach this quickly — especially since he currently has less than two years of NFL coaching experience.
A more likely scenario would be Steichen getting a head coaching job and Johnson sliding into the offensive coordinator role.
The same could go for Gannon. I think he’ll for sure get a head coaching job and then a position coach — perhaps defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson — steps into the defensive coordinator role.
I think promoting from within would be a smart move. Not only would it provide the staff with continuity, but it would keep Gannon and Steichen from taking some of those assistants with them if they leave.
Now, I should point out that nothing is guaranteed to happen. I was certain last offseason that the Dallas Cowboys would lose both of their coordinators and then neither one ended up leaving.
It’s always possible that Gannon and Steichen could choose to run it back in 2023.
But if not, the Eagles have some good in-house options.
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