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Eagles Stay or Go Part 3 (Specialists/Coaches)

In this article, we will be taking a look at the players who were on the roster for the 2016 season, and whether they should be on the Eagles next year, or if it is time to move on. In part 3 of 3 we will be taking a look at the players who are strictly listed as Specialists and the Coaching Staff.

Doug Pederson won 7 games in his first season with the Eagles. Should he stick around?

 

SPECIALISTS

 

K Caleb Sturgis – STAY

Sturgis had a career year and seems to have cemented himself as the Eagles’ kicker.

P Donnie Jones – STAY

He is super consistent and one of the better Punters in the NFL. He is signed for cheap through 2019, so it seems the Eagles are more than willing to keep him around.

LS Jon Dorenbos – STAY

Dorenbos broke his wrist late in the season against Washington, but if you want to talk about consistent, you might want to start here. Hopefully Dorenbos comes back at 100%.

LS Rick Lovato – GO

Nothing against Lovato, but this spot is for Jon Dorenbos.

 

COACHES

 

Head Coach Doug Pederson – STAY

The Eagles were pretty bad talent wise this year, and still managed to win 7 games. They blew out the playoff bound Steelers, and won good games against the Giants and Falcons. The team just needs more talent for Pederson to be successful as a Head Coach.

Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich – STAY

Reich was around with San Diego and Philip Rivers threw for over 4,000 yards for 3 straight seasons. Apparently teams around the league are looking at Reich to fill Head Coaching vacancies, but if he doesn’t get one of those jobs, he should stay with the Eagles.

Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz – STAY

Aside from a few low talent positions on the defense, it was the best looking defensive season since Andy Reid was in Philadelphia. If the Eagles give Schwartz the opportunity to build his unit the way he wants, then this team could be a defensive powerhouse.

Special Teams Coordinator Dave Fipp – STAY

The Special Teams unit is one of the best in the NFL, and it has been that way since Dave Fipp came to Philadelphia.

Quarterbacks Coach John DeFilippo – GO

DeFilippo was the Offensive Coordinator of the Browns in 2015… I don’t know if the team should want him coaching Wentz. I think Wentz could learn more from Pederson and Chase Daniels.

Linebackers Coach Ken Flajole – STAY

Aside from Mychal Kendricks the Linebackers were a solid group. The notable Linebackers Flajole has coached before are D’Qwell Jackson (143 tackles) and James Laurinaitis (144 tackles). Hopefully Jordan Hicks can produce at that level soon.

Safeties Coach Tim Hauck – STAY

The Safeties were very consistent and Jaylen Watkins emerged as a legit NFL safety.

Wide Receivers Coach Greg Lewis – GO

Lewis couldn’t really do anything about the lack of talent at the Wide Receiver position, but no one improved in that unit. He’s already been fired so it seemed the Eagles thought the same thing.

Tight Ends Coach Justin Peelle – STAY

Peelle got Trey Burton to emerge as a very versatile threat, and the Tight Ends were pretty good all year.

Running Backs Coach Duce Staley – STAY

Below average talent and multiple injuries to the Eagles’ Running Backs shouldn’t cost Staley his job.

Offensive Line Coach Jeff Stoutland – GO

He was the Offensive Line Coach at the University of Alabama under Nick Saban, but the Offensive Line needed to do a better job at protecting Wentz all year, and I don’t think it was due to poor talent. The NFL is just a different beast.

Defensive Backs Coach Cory Undlin – GO

The talent level of the Defensive Backs wasn’t low enough to excuse how bad they were all year. At that point you have to look towards the coaching for answers.

Defensive Line Coach Chris Wilson – STAY

Wilson and Schwartz created schemes that created pressure in the backfield and led Fletcher Cox to the Pro Bowl and Brandon Graham had a career year.

Author: Elijah Tatgenhorst (Email: elijah.mysportingedge@gmail.com)

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