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Eagles' new OC Groh hopes to recreate Reich's relationship with Pederson

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Eagles' new OC Groh hopes to recreate Reich's relationship with Pederson

Mike Groh was probably plenty busy coaching the Eagles’ wide receivers last season, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have time to observe the dynamic among coaches. 

Namely, Groh got to watch the dynamic between head coach Doug Pederson and former offensive coordinator Frank Reich, who parlayed the Eagles’ Super Bowl success into a head-coaching job with the Colts. Groh got to watch their incredibly close relationship.  

Now, Groh is trying to replicate it. 

“Obviously, I’ve learned a significant amount from Coach Reich,” said Groh, who was promoted to replace Reich earlier this offseason. 

“He and I worked very closely together last season, and I was able to watch how he and Doug worked together. So, hopefully I was observing the right things. I obviously want to take a lot of what he did that helped us be successful. I know they're big shoes to fill, but try to fill those shoes.”

Groh, 46, thinks that year of observation is making the transition from receivers coach to offensive coordinator a little easier. He said every team operates slightly differently, so having a base knowledge of how the Eagles and Pederson operates is helpful. 

Pederson grew to rely on Reich over the past two seasons and their meetings on nights before games became customary. While Pederson and Reich were briefly teammates way back in the mid-90s, Groh had never worked with Pederson until last season, when he was hired as WRs coach. 

“One of the things that Mike benefitted from, really taking this role over, is being around Frank last year and being kind of tied in with Frank on how Frank thought and how Frank and I interacted and Mike's involvement with game plans and things like that,” Pederson said earlier this offseason.

“He's done a really good job filling in. He's leading the group offensively, the coaching staff, and he's on top of it. He's a sharp guy. Sharp guy. So I'm encouraged there.”

Reich certainly had influence on the Eagles’ offense, but he was sure to not overstep his boundaries. After all, it’s Pederson’s offense and Pederson who calls the plays. But going back to when Reich was hired, Pederson said they made the move because of Reich’s familiarity with a downfield passing attack. 

Groh is going to have some influence too. But he’s not looking to take over. 

“It's not my offense,” he said. “This is our offense. It all starts with Coach (Pederson). We got a tremendous coaching staff here. I'm really fortunate to be able to work with some of the best coaches in the league. So, it certainly is not Mike's offense. It's Coach Pederson's offense, it's the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense. Again, we're going to work collaboratively upstairs to try to continue to be as multiple and stay out in front of the defenses as we can.”

While Groh coached wide receivers in the NFL for the last five years, he said he still sees the game as a quarterback, the position he played in college and briefly as a professional. 

Groh began his coaching career on his father’s staff with the New York Jets as a quality control coach. From there, he went back to the University of Virginia, where he worked his way up to offensive coordinator, a title he had for the Cavaliers from 2006-08. That was the last time he was an offensive coordinator. 

“I’ve grown significantly,” Groh said. “I’d like to think I'm a lot better coach now than I was 10 years ago.” 

Eagle Eye podcast: Which coaches are on the hot seat?

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Eagle Eye podcast: Which coaches are on the hot seat?

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast presented by Nissan, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro react to Doug Pederson’s comments about coaching staff accountability and go through his roster of coaches. 

Kamu Grugier-Hill has a concussion. Mack Hollins is gone. Jordan Howard still isn’t cleared for contact and the team hasn’t been the same without him.

And the Eagles do have a game this week! 

• Marken Michel is back and Dave is happy 
• Kamu Grugier-Hill has a concussion 
• Doug says he’ll hold coaches accountable 
• Which coaches might not be back?
• Mack Hollins gets cut 
• A lot of big contributors have gotten cut
• Eagles really miss Jordan Howard 
• Miles Sanders and Saquon Barkley 
• At least one more game vs. Eli 

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Eagles starting LB Kamu Grugier-Hill pops up on injury report with a concussion

Eagles starting LB Kamu Grugier-Hill pops up on injury report with a concussion

Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill missed practice on Thursday with a concussion, which means he could possibly miss Monday night’s game against the Giants.

Grugier-Hill played 42 snaps against the Dolphins and even spoke to reporters on Wednesday. But on Thursday, he reported concussion-like symptoms and was placed in the NFL's concussion protocol.

On the first play from scrimmage against the Dolphins, Grugier-Hill collided hard with DeVante Parker, but was able to return to the game after the collision. It's unclear whether or not this was the play where he suffered the concussion, but it's very possible.

If Grugier-Hill can’t play on Monday, the Eagles’ top linebackers would be Nigel Bradham, Nate Gerry and T.J. Edwards, who would likely see an expanded role.

In addition to Grugier-Hill, Nelson Agholor (knee) and Derek Barnett (ankle) also missed Thursday’s practice.

Agholor was limited last week during practice with his knee injury but was able to play. Barnett hurt his ankle during the Dolphins game but was able to return to the game and play 50 snaps.

Jordan Howard (shoulder) was limited on Thursday, as he has been for weeks, and still hasn’t been cleared for contact. He can’t play until that happens. On Thursday morning, head coach Doug Pederson said he doesn’t think it’s an injury that will end Howard’s season, but there’s just four games left.

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