If QB coach John DeFilippo leaves Philly for a head coaching job, it would be a huge blow for both the Birds and Carson Wentz.
The 2017 NFL season has come to an end and that means for some head coaches around the league, it’s time to update resumes and start looking for a new job.
Black Monday has struck once again and no less than six teams have “Help Wanted” signs hanging from the doors of their stadiums. They include the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions in addition to the New York Giants, who couldn’t wait until the end of the season to fire Ben McAdoo and let him go at the beginning of December.
Add in the Arizona Cardinals, whose head coach Bruce Arians announced he has decided to retire, and that is an awful lot of head coach positions that need to be filled. And there may be more yet to come.
So naturally, these teams will be looking towards winning franchises to see if they can convince some assistant or coordinator that they are exactly what they need to turn things around and become a winner.
And one of those franchises is the Philadelphia Eagles.
It has already been widely reported that defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will be interviewing for the Giants head coaching job during the bye week. Word is that the job is pretty much his if he wants it since he fits the bill of what owner John Mara is looking for.
Losing Schwartz would hurt, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world. Everyone knew that Schwartz wasn’t going to stay in Philadelphia long. He has never made any secret of the fact he wanted to return to being a head coach sooner rather than later.
But the other name being floated out there is much more worrisome.
On Monday it was revealed that both the Bears and Cardinals have asked permission to talk to Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo. And unlike last year when the team blocked him from interviewing with the New York Jets for their offensive coordinator job, this time the Birds can do nothing but watch.
The fact both teams are interested in DeFilippo is a no-brainer. The Bears have a young QB in the form of Mitchell Trubisky and Arizona seems likely to be drafting a franchise quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft.
After watching what DeFilippo did with Carson Wentz and the improvement he has made in just two short seasons, you can only imagine what they are thinking he can do for them and their fortunes in the NFL.
Which is exactly why the Eagles need to try to do everything they can to keep DeFilippo in South Philly.
Wentz was simply amazing this season and could still be named the MVP even though he was injured during Week 14 against the Los Angeles Rams. But everyone needs to remember that Wentz still has a lot to learn about both the game and what he can do on the field. He has obviously formed a great rapport with DeFilippo and it would be a real shame to see Wentz have to start from essentially square one with a new quarterbacks coach.
In addition, next season Wentz will be coming back from his ACL tear and that promises to be a long and potentially difficult journey. Having DeFilippo there would go a long way towards making that process a lot smoother and maybe just a bit shorter.
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Now, if DeFilippo wants to be a head coach in the NFL, no amount of money is going to convince him otherwise. But if it’s just a question of increasing his paycheck or giving him more authority at the NovaCare Complex, the Eagles should by all means accommodate him and try to keep him.
In the long run, it may be the best thing they could do for both Wentz and the future of the Eagles franchise.