3 possible candidates to replace Mike Groh

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By SportsRadio 94WIP

The Eagles are in need of a new offensive coordinator after firing Mike Groh on Thursday, a surprise move after head coach Doug Pederson said on Wednesday Groh would be back. 

The issues that will come with the optics of that aside, the Eagles will now begin their search for their new coordinator, a job that many around the league will want. Even though the new coordinator won’t be calling plays, the Eagles’ offense has struggled the majority of the last two years, and if they turn it around next year the new coordinator will be at the top of the list for head coaching jobs. 

There will be plenty of names thrown around over the next few days, starting with the big ones — Pay Shurmur, Jay Gruden, etc. It is also possible the Eagles go with Duce Staley, who has been waiting for his chance to become offensive coordinator. 

If the Eagles don’t go with Staley, however, they would be wise to look for a young, innovative coach with a much different offensive background than Pederson’s. The Eagles need new ideas to be sprinkled in with Pederson’s offense. 

Here are three candidates I think would make sense for the Eagles: 

Joe Brady, passing game coordinator, LSU: Brady makes sense for a few different reasons. First is he is coming from the college game, where most of the best offensive ideas in the NFL come from these days. What he has done at LSU has been remarkable, taking a program that has always struggled to throw the ball and turning them into an offensive juggernaut. His work with quarter Joe Burrow has been impressive, taking him from a bench player at Ohio State to a Heisman winner in 2019. 

What makes Brady unique is his background in the NFL. Brady spent two years with the New Orleans Saints from 2017 to 2019, working under one of the best head coaches — and offensive minds — in the league in Sean Payton. Brady is just 30-years old, but the Eagles don’t need a veteran to come in and help Pederson. They need new ideas, and Brady would certainly bring plenty of those.  

James Urban, Ravens QB coach: The story of the NFL this season has been the Baltimore Ravens and the quarterback Lamar Jackson, both for his outstanding play and the job their coaching staff has done building an offense around him. Carson Wentz is certainly not as athletic as Jackson, but bringing in a coach from the Ravens’ staff would certainly qualify as bringing some fresh eyes and new ideas to the table. Urban has not only done an excellent job bringing along Jackson, but he is on the Andy Reid coaching tree, as he was quarterbacks coach to both Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick. 
Shane Waldron, passing game coordinator, Los Angeles Rams: Waldron has been on the radar of NFL teams for over a year, but the down year for quarterback Jared Goff likely didn’t help his chances of climbing up the ladder as quickly as many thought he would. The Eagles, however, should still have some interest. Waldron has an impressive resume, with stops at big-time college programs like Notre Dame, as well as plenty of NFL experience in places like New England and Washington. His time under Sean McVay in Los Angeles is appealing, especially with McVay thinking so much of him that he has at times let him call plays during the preseason to help prepare him for his next stop. 

At 40-years old, Waldron has more experience than Brady does, which could be appealing to the Eagles. 

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