Tim McManus of ESPN, citing a league source, reports that the Eagles have interviewed QBs coach Press Taylor for their offensive coordinator vacancy.
Taylor was the person responsible for finding the “Philly Special” trick play the Eagles used in Super Bowl LII. After that, he was promoted QBs coach for the 2018 season.
McManus notes that Taylor has an advocate in Carson Wentz.
One possibility, according to McManus, would be for Eagles HC Doug Pederson to promote Taylor to passing game coordinator and decline to hire a true offensive coordinator. Philadelphia already has a running game coordinator in place in offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland and Pederson is the team’s play-caller, so he’s handling a portion of the job already.
The Eagles have previously been linked to a number of candidates including Kevin O’Connell, James Urban, Graham Harrell, and Mike Kafka. The team reportedly spoke to Josh McCown about getting into coaching, but he plans to continue his playing career.
McManus says one theory is that the Eagles may have their sights set on hiring one of the 49ers assistants — passing coordinator Mike LaFleur and run game coordinator Mike McDaniel. Another option could be Chiefs pass game analyst/assistant quarterbacks coach Joe Bleymaier.
Taylor, 32, began his coaching career at Tulsa back in 2011 as the team’s QBs coach/graduate assistant. He spent two years in Tulsa before joining the Eagles as their offensive quality control coach in 2013.
Taylor worked his way up to offensive quality control & assistant quarterbacks coach before he was promoted to QBs coach in 2018.