The Eagles have passed over chances to promote Duce Staley four times over the last five seasons — and now, it seems like he has had enough.
Staley has asked out of his contract with the Eagles, according to NBC Sports’ John Clark. The apparent request comes after the Eagles decided to hire Nick Sirianni as their new head coach, a position Staley interviewed for.
Presumably Staley knows he will get a job elsewhere, either with a team that will give him a promotion right now, or one where he feels he has a legitimate chance to advance.
It is unclear at this point if the Eagles will allow Staley out of his contract, although it is hard to imagine they would force him to stay considering the circumstances.
The former running back has been coaching with the Eagles since 2011, starting as a special teams quality control coach before being moved over to running backs coach in 2013, a title he has held ever since. Staley did interview for the head coach opening in 2016, but didn’t get the job. He had the title of “assistant head coach” added in 2018 when he was passed over for the offensive coordinator job.
Staley leaving would be a big loss for the Eagles, as he has not only done an excellent job coaching the running backs, but he has a ton of support in the locker room as well.