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Eagles reach decision at offensive coordinator

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Eagles reach decision at offensive coordinator

Doug Pederson has made his decision. 

The Eagles are promoting wide receivers coach Mike Groh to offensive coordinator, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia on Tuesday. ESPN's Tim McManus first reported the move.  

On Monday, Pederson interviewed Groh and running backs coach Duce Staley for the vacant offensive coordinator job after Frank Reich became the Colts' head coach earlier this month. 

Groh, 46, just joined the Eagles last offseason, taking over for Greg Lewis. In his first year in Philly, he did a masterful job with the Eagles' receivers and had a bigger role in the offense and game-planning than a typical receivers coach. 

There had been a report that Pederson was thinking about not having an official offensive coordinator for the 2018 season. He already calls the plays. But it looks like he saw the value in filling Reich's old spot. 

Staley did get a consolation prize though. According to league sources, the longtime Eagle will get a new title of assistant head coach/running backs. Staley has been with the Eagles as a coach since 2011 and has been in his current role as running backs coach since 2013. He has previously expressed interest in moving up the ladder. ESPN's Josina Anderson first reported the new title for Staley. 

When Pederson hired Reich to be his offensive coordinator, he said he was interested in what Reich could bring to the downfield passing game. If that's still important, it would make sense for him to hire a receivers coach with a background as a quarterback over a former running back and running backs coach. 

The 2018 staff is starting to come together. Press Taylor is expected to be named the team's quarterbacks coach (filling in for John DeFilippo), Groh is OC and Staley will stay with the running backs. The last shoe to drop appears to be filling Groh's old post of receivers coach. 

Eagles set to promote rising star to QBs coach

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Eagles set to promote rising star to QBs coach

It looks like the Eagles are ready to promote one of the rising stars in their coaching department. 

After John DeFilippo's departure for the Vikings' offensive coordinator job, the Eagles are expected to promote Press Taylor to fill his old position as quarterbacks coach, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Monday.

Taylor, who just turned 30 last month, has been with the Eagles since the 2013 season when Chip Kelly hired him as an offensive quality control coach. Not only did Doug Pederson keep Taylor on his first coaching staff, he promoted him in 2016 to the team's assistant quarterbacks coach. 

It was actually Taylor who now-famously mined the "Philly Special" play from watching film of the Bears-Vikings game from the 2016 regular-season finale. 

Not all that far removed from his playing days at Marshall, Taylor became an offensive graduate assistant at Tulsa in 2011 and stayed there for just two seasons before Kelly hired him, starting Taylor's quick ascent to now being one of the most important position coaches on the staff. 

Taylor is obviously one of the youngest coaches on the staff, but he now has the job to help Carson Wentz continue to grow in Year 3 as he comes off an ACL and LCL tear. It'll also be Taylor's job to keep Nick Foles ready and to continue Nate Sudfeld's development. 

With Taylor's taking the quarterbacks coach job, that obviously rules out receivers coach Mike Groh, who would have also seemingly been a good fit. Groh has a background with the quarterback position and seemed open to the idea of one day coaching them again. 

After Taylor fills the quarterbacks coach opening, the Eagles still need to figure out how to replace Frank Reich at offensive coordinator. Groh could be a possibility there, but so could running backs coach Duce Staley