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Eagles might not hire an offensive coordinator after all

Eagles might not hire an offensive coordinator after all

Maybe the Eagles aren't going to replace Frank Reich after all. 

Reich left his post as the Eagles' offensive coordinator earlier this week when he accepted the head coaching job in Indianapolis, but it seems like the Eagles might not be in a hurry to give his old title to someone new. 

The Eagles have "no immediate plan" to hire an offensive coordinator, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who also says they could give receivers coach Mike Groh and running backs coach Duce Staley more responsibility. 

In a way, this makes sense. The Eagles' offensive coordinator is really head coach Doug Pederson, who runs that side of the ball and even calls plays on Sundays. Reich offered a great sounding board, but the team is coming off a Super Bowl appearance and if they have enough cooks in the kitchen, why potentially mess up their chemistry? 

It's rare for a team to keep the offensive coordinator title vacant, but not unheard of. In fact, the Eagles wouldn't even be the only team in the NFL right now to do it. 

In San Francisco, head coach Kyle Shanahan serves as the 49ers' offensive coordinator. He called his own plays in 2017. 

The same is true in Houston with Bill O'Brien. O'Brien began his time in Houston without an offensive coordinator, then promoted quarterbacks coach George Godsey to OC. But when the team fired Godsey after the 2016 season, they didn't hire a replacement. Instead, O'Brien went back to calling plays and wearing both hats. 

The Rams also don't technically have an offensive coordinator either after Matt LaFleur left for the same title with play-calling duties in Tennessee. Now, Sean McVay has a run game coordinator and a pass game coordinator who kind of take over the traditional OC job. 

Play-calling is pretty much the difference in all of these cases. Traditionally, it has been the offensive coordinator's job to call plays, but when a team has a head coach who does it, the OC position becomes less of a necessity. 

Reich was a unique member of the Eagles' staff because of his relationship with Pederson; it was worth having him around. For now, it appears the Eagles have deemed it's not worth trying to find someone to take that title right away. 

Is it believable when Eagles call themselves underdogs?

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Is it believable when Eagles call themselves underdogs?

On the latest edition of Eagle Eye, a Philadelphia Eagles podcast, Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks share stories from their fishing trip over the weekend. Is it believable when the Eagles keep calling themselves underdogs? How OTAs are different today compared to when Barrett played. Also, Johnny Manziel is playing football again. Will we ever see him back in the NFL?

Also, how Barrett won an Emmy working on Hard Knocks.

1:00 - Gunner and Barrett's weekend fishing trip.
5:00 - Guys caught a hot streak fishing.
6:30 - What is Gunner's family like?
10:30 - Do you believe it when the Eagles use an underdog mindset?
14:30 - Difference between OTA's today compared to when Barrett played.
17:00 - Barrett won an Emmy working on Hard Knocks
21:00 - Guys think the Browns (yes those Browns) will be competitive this season.
25:30 - Johnny Manziel is back in football.

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Zach Ertz is only other player to leave field with Jason Witten's jersey

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Zach Ertz is only other player to leave field with Jason Witten's jersey

For a long time, Zach Ertz has always said that he’s emulated future Hall of Famer Jason Witten. Ertz loved the way he played and the way he handled himself on and off the field. 

Turns out it’s mutual. 

Because after Ertz went on social media to say goodbye to Witten after the longtime Dallas Cowboy retired recently, Witten returned the favor and praised Ertz. 

That’s pretty crazy. Witten played 15 years, a total of 247 games including the playoffs. And, according to him, the only other person to ever leave the field with his jersey is Ertz. It's become commonplace for players in the league to trade jerseys after games. During an NFL season, a peek into someone's locker will reveal a few jerseys of different colors. Witten's was probably be in demand, but Ertz is the only player to ever get one. 

It’s clear that Ertz gained Witten’s respect and Witten has probably heard the praise from Ertz before. He heard it again when Ertz tweeted earlier in May. 

“First off, I want to say congratulations to someone that had a profound impact on my career, by just being the man he is!” Ertz wrote. “At 17 years old when I was trying to figure out what a tight end meant and what they embodies I started following the tight end for the Cowboys. Everything he did on the field and off, I tried to emulate.” 

Oddly enough, this season Ertz made his first Pro Bowl, but couldn’t go because the Eagles were in the Super Bowl. Guess who took his place? Yup, Witten. 

Earlier this spring, Ertz said it’s strange to think that other tight ends are now growing up and trying to emulate him. He’s just trying to set as good an example as Witten did.