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Eagles hire former NFL wide receiver Aaron Moorehead as receivers coach

Eagles hire former NFL wide receiver Aaron Moorehead as receivers coach

The Eagles are hiring former Colts receiver Aaron Moorehead as their next wide receivers coach, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. 

The Eagles were first linked to Moorehead for the opening by a report last week. PhillyVoice.com first reported the hire on Thursday morning. 

Moorehead will be the Eagles’ sixth receivers coach in six years and their fifth in five years in the Doug Pederson Era. 

While he has never coached at the NFL level, Moorehead played for the Colts from 2003-07 and was on the Colts team that won Super Bowl XLI. 

It seemed like this time around the Eagles prioritized hiring a receivers coach who had played at the NFL level. Every candidate they were linked to had played in the league. 

Moorehead, 39, has been the receivers coach at Vanderbilt for the past two seasons. Before that he had the same position at Texas A&M from 2015-17 and at Virginia Tech from 2013-14. He began his coaching career as a grad assistant at New Mexico in 2009 and held the same position at Stanford from 2010-12 (when Zach Ertz was there). 

At Texas A&M, Moorehead coached a couple NFL draft picks in Christian Kirk and Josh Reynolds. 

The Eagles once had tremendous stability at their receivers coach position under Andy Reid and even with Chip Kelly but have really struggled to solidify the position under Pederson. 

1999-12: David Culley
2013-15: Bob Bicknell 
2016: Greg Lewis
2017: Mike Groh 
2018: Gunter Brewer 
2019: Carson Walch 

The Eagles fired Walch about a month ago, when they also fired offensive coordinator Mike Groh. 

With the Eagles’ receiver position in flux, there’s a good chance Moorehead will have some young and new talent to work with in 2020. 

After this hire and the news yesterday, it seems like the Eagles’ coaching staff is really coming together. Press Taylor is the new passing game coordinator, Marquand Manuel is expected to be the DBs coach and Matt Burke is expected to be the DL coach. The Eagles are also hiring Rich Scangarello and Andrew Breiner as offensive assistants. 

Expect an official announcement from the Eagles about all these hires soon.

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Eagles' new coach thinks team's WR corps is underrated, can be among NFL's best

Eagles' new coach thinks team's WR corps is underrated, can be among NFL's best

They're tired of being known as the worst group of wide receivers in the league.

And they may finally have a coach who can help them get rid of that tag.

"We have an expectation to be one of the top groups in the league," new Eagles receivers coach Aaron Moorehead said Thursday. "That's what we expect. This group is coming out with a little bit of a chip on its shoulder I think because of last year, and that's a good thing."

Eagles receivers last year combined for just 137 passes for 1,488 yards and nine touchdowns, the worst WR numbers in the league.

It was the fewest yards by an Eagles receiving corps since 2000, when Charles Johnson, Torrance Small and Friends had 1,481.

For the first time since 1966 no Eagles wide receiver even had 500 yards.

Out with Carson Walch, in with Moorehead, the Eagles' fifth receivers coach in five years under Doug Pederson.

It doesn't take much time with Moorehead – even on a Zoom call – to sense his confidence, passion, dedication and communication skills.

And he's already instilled a hunger in this wide receiving group to go from one of the worst in the league to one of the best.

"At the end of the day, a little added extra motivation (doesn't hurt)," he said. "In this day and age (with) social media, you can try to ignore it, but people hear what (critics) say, and I think guys understand that we do have something to prove, and that's OK. There's nothing wrong with that, and I enjoy a good challenge and I enjoy coaching a group that has something to prove."

DeSean Jackson is 33 and managed one healthy game last year. Alshon Jeffery struggled then got hurt and has been largely disappointing since he signed here. Second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside had a miserable rookie year. And rookie Jalen Reagor keeps hearing how the Eagles should have taken Justin Jefferson instead.

You can understand why this group feels disrespected.

"I think that's good," Moorehead said. "I've coached groups that people believed were the best [...] and I've coached groups that people disrespected and felt like they weren't very good, so it's not anything new to me. I think we have a really good group. I know we have a really good group. It's just up to us to stay healthy and prove it week in and week out."

The Eagles haven't had a wide receiver with back-to-back 100-yard games since Jordan Matthews in 2015.

They haven't had a 1,000-yard receiver since Jeremy Maclin in 2014.

On paper they should be better. How can they not be?

Their goal isn't just to be better. It’s to be among the best.

"So far they've taken the approach that [they're] ready to go out there and prove every day why we should be one of the top groups in the NFL," Moorehead said.

You have to love Moorehead's approach and his personality.

If his receivers can match his confidence and swagger, the Eagles just might finally have a receiving corps to get excited about.

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Eagle Eye podcast: Is Zach Ertz next in line for a contract extension?

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Eagle Eye podcast: Is Zach Ertz next in line for a contract extension?

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro take a look at Zach Ertz’s contract situation after George Kittle and Travis Kelce got huge extensions. 

The guys pick some things they would have watched in the preseason opener, talk about Doug Pederson’s structure for practice and give their first impressions on a couple of new Eagles coaches. 

Plus, remembering the great Howard Mudd, who died at 78 this week. 

  • (1:02) — What Travis Kelce and George Kittle's contract mean for Zach Ertz.
  • (16:45) — Things we would have watched tonight in preseason opener.
  • (23:08) — Doug Pederson details Eagles’ 2020 training camp structure
  • (28:45) — Aaron Moorehead and Matt Burke speak on their roles. 
  • (36:54) — Remembering Howard Mudd
     

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