The Eagles will have at least a couple changes to their coaching staff in 2019 as they have parted ways with defensive line coach Chris Wilson and wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Assistant offensive line coach Eugene Chung is also gone, the source said. Chung's contract expired.
Wilson spent the last three seasons with the Eagles under Doug Pederson, while Brewer was hired just before the 2018 campaign. Chung had been here since 2016 in his second stint; he was also with the Eagles under Andy Reid from 2010-12.
The changes were first reported by the Inside the Birds Podcast.
The Eagles have allowed Brewer to seek out other opportunities and it appears he’s reportedly close to landing the receivers coach job at Louisville.
Dating back to the Chip Kelly Era, the next hire will be the Eagles’ fifth wide receivers coach in the last five years. They need to find some more consistency at this spot.
Before Brewer in 2018, Mike Groh was the receivers coach in 2017 before getting promoted to offensive coordinator this season. Former Eagles receiver Greg Lewis held the job during 2016 but was fired after just one season. In 2018, the entire offense seemed to struggle early in the season and the receivers were definitely a part of that.
Brewer spent just one season with the Eagles after spending the previous six seasons as the co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach at the University of North Carolina. This was his first NFL job.
The Eagles have some talent at the receiver position, but also plenty of questions. They’ll bring back Alshon Jeffery, who will have a cap hit of over $14 million next season. He’s their No. 1. But after that, Nelson Agholor is scheduled to make over $9 million on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract, while Golden Tate, Mike Wallace and Jordan Matthews are set to become free agents.
The Eagles also didn’t get barely anything from Mack Hollins or Shelton Gibson in 2018. Hollins spent all season on IR. That was disappointing because Brewer was Hollins’ receivers coach at North Carolina and many thought the move to hire Brewer would get the most out of Hollins, who mysteriously vanished when placed on IR before the season.
Meanwhile, Wilson was the Eagles’ defensive line coach for all of the first three seasons under Pederson, so his departure might be seen as more of a surprise. He was also Fletcher Cox’s defensive line coach at Mississippi State.
Wilson was the last hire of the original coaching staff in 2016. He was hired in late January while the Eagles’ brass was at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.
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