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Eagles Announce Changes To Coaching Staff

Posted Mar 7, 2018

The Philadelphia Eagles have announced the following changes to the coaching staff:

Mike Groh promoted to offensive coordinator
Duce Staley promoted to assistant head coach/running backs coach
Jeff Stoutland promoted to offensive line coach/run game coordinator
Press Taylor promoted to quarterbacks coach
Gunter Brewer hired as wide receivers coach
Carson Walch hired as assistant wide receivers coach
Trent Miles promoted to offensive quality control/running backs
Spencer Phillips promoted to offensive quality control/quarterbacks

Mike Groh – Offensive Coordinator

Groh, who joined the Eagles staff as wide receivers coach during the 2017 offseason, oversaw a unit that made significant improvements during Philadelphia’s Super Bowl LII-winning campaign. The Eagles, who tied for the third-most offensive points (414) in the NFL last season, were the only team with two wide receivers that produced eight-or-more receiving touchdowns.

Alshon Jeffery, who signed a four-year contract extension with Philadelphia during the regular season, tied for fourth in the NFL with a team-leading nine receiving touchdowns, which marked the second-most of his career (10 with Chicago in 2013, when Groh was the Bears wide receivers coach). Jeffery also led the Eagles in receiving yards (219), yards per reception (18.3) and receiving touchdowns (three) during the team’s postseason run.

Nelson Agholor enjoyed a breakout season under Groh’s direction in 2017, as he led Philadelphia in 20-plus-yard receptions (nine) and 50-plus-yard receptions (three) and tied for second with a career-high eight receiving touchdowns. Agholor also ranked first in the NFL in third-down receiving average (17.5) (min. 20 receptions).

Prior to last season, Groh served as the Los Angeles Rams wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator (2016) and Chicago Bears wide receivers coach (2013-15). Groh also spent more than a decade coaching in the collegiate ranks between Alabama (wide receivers coach, 2011-12; graduate assistant, 2009), Louisville (quarterbacks coach, 2010) and Virginia (offensive coordinator, 2006-08; wide receivers/quarterbacks coach, 2003-05; wide receivers coach, 2001-02).

Groh is the son of longtime NFL and college coach, Al Groh. He began his coaching career as an assistant on his father’s staff with the New York Jets in 2000.

Groh, who was with the Baltimore Ravens during training camp in 1996 before playing for the Rhein Fire of the World League in 1997, played collegiately at the university of Virginia, where he is the only quarterback in program history to win nine games and a bowl game in consecutive seasons.

Duce Staley – Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs Coach

Staley, who takes on the added responsibility of assistant head coach, originally joined the Eagles coaching staff as a coaching intern in 2010, worked as a special teams quality control coach from 2011-12 and has served as the team’s running backs coach since 2013. Philadelphia led the NFL in rushing offense (160.4 yards per game) in 2013 and ranks fifth in the NFL in that category (127.9 yards per game) during Staley’s tenure as the Eagles running backs coach.

Philadelphia owned one of the most powerful rushing attacks in the NFL in 2017, ranking third overall in rushing offense (132.2 yards per game) and fourth in rushing average (4.47 yards per attempt). LeGarrette Blount led the Eagles with 766 rushing yards, which are the third-most ever by an Eagles running back age 30-or-older. Jay Ajayi, who was acquired in a trade with Miami in Week 9, ranked second among NFL running backs in rushing average (5.83) over the last eight games of the regular season (min. 70 attempts). Undrafted rookie Corey Clement led Philadelphia with four rushing touchdowns and added two receiving touchdowns, marking the most offensive touchdowns (six) by an Eagles rookie running back since 1953.

A multi-talented running back for the Eagles (1997-2003) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2004-06), Staley gained 5,785 rushing yards during his NFL career, including 4,807 with Philadelphia (fifth-most in franchise history). He also ranks sixth in the Eagles record book with 7,305 total yards from scrimmage.

Staley was selected by Philadelphia in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft out of the University of South Carolina, where he rushed for 1,852 yards from 1995-96. He was elected to South Carolina’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.

Jeff Stoutland – Offensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator

Stoutland, who takes on the added responsibility of run game coordinator, joined the Eagles coaching staff during the 2013 offseason. During his five seasons as Philadelphia’s offensive line coach, Stoutland has played a critical role in offenses that have set single-season franchise records in points, touchdowns, completions, gross passing yards and first downs.

The Eagles offensive line collected a number of league accolades following the 2017 season. Tackle Lane Johnson earned his first career Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors; center Jason Kelce was named All-Pro for the first time in his career (also selected to the Pro Bowl in 2014 and 2016); and guard Brandon Brooks received his first career Pro Bowl nod. Tackle Jason Peters, who sustained a season-ending injury in Week 7, has also been named to four Pro Bowls (2013-16) and two All-Pro teams (2013-14) under Stoutland’s tutelage.

Press Taylor – Quarterbacks Coach

Taylor joined the Eagles staff as an offensive quality control coach during the 2013 offseason, took on the added responsibility of assistant quarterbacks coach in 2016 and will now serve as the team’s quarterbacks coach.

Philadelphia’s quarterbacks excelled during the 2017 season. Carson Wentz received his first career Pro Bowl nod and was named second-team All-Pro after leading the Eagles to an 11-2 record and ranking second in the NFL with a franchise-record 33 passing touchdowns. Following a season-ending knee injury to Wentz, Nick Foles helped lead Philadelphia to its first Super Bowl championship, recording a 100-plus passer rating in all three playoff games and earning Super Bowl LII MVP honors.

Before he arrived in Philadelphia, Taylor spent two seasons as a graduate assistant/quarterbacks coach at the University of Tulsa, where he helped the program capture the 2012 Conference USA Championship and Liberty Bowl after finishing the regular season with a 10-3 record.

Taylor spent two seasons as a quarterback at Marshall University after transferring from Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas, following his sophomore campaign. At Butler, Taylor led the Grizzlies to back-to-back Junior College National Championships in 2007 and 2008. He compiled a 17-1 record as a starter and served as the team’s captain in both seasons.

Gunter Brewer – Wide Receivers Coach

Brewer joins the Eagles staff after spending the previous six seasons (2012-17) as co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at the University of North Carolina. Brewer also added the responsibility and title of recruiting coordinator with the Tar Heels in 2017.

Brewer helped guide North Carolina’s offense to notable success during his second stint in Chapel Hill (first stint as wide receivers coach from 2000-04). The Tar Heels set the school record for passing yards five times during Brewer’s tenure, throwing for more than 3,500 yards each year from 2012-16. In 2015, North Carolina led the NCAA in yards per play and ranked ninth in scoring offense (school-record 40.7 points per game) en route to the program’s first appearance in the ACC Championship Game.

Brewer tutored some of the most productive wide receivers in Tar Heels history, including Eagles second-year wideout Mack Hollins. Under Brewer’s tutelage, Hollins set the North Carolina career record with 20.6 yards per reception, including an NCAA-leading 24.8 receiving average in 2015. Hollins also finished third in Tar Heels history with 20 receiving touchdowns, posting a career-high eight receiving touchdowns in back-to-back seasons from 2014-15.

Prior to his return to North Carolina, Brewer served one season as the associate head coach/passing game coordinator at Ole Miss in 2011 and spent six seasons at Oklahoma State (2005-10) in various capacities (co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach, 2009-10; co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, 2008; wide receivers coach, 2005-07).

He also coached at Marshall (wide receivers coach/associate offensive coordinator, 1996-99), Northeast Mississippi Community College (head coach/offensive coordinator, 1995), East Tennessee State (wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator, 1990-95), Ole Miss (graduate assistant, 1990; running backs/graduate assistant, 1988-89), Angles Bleus (France) (offensive coordinator, 1989) and Wake Forest (strength and flexibility, 1986-87).

Brewer coached three Biletnikoff Award finalists during his time in the collegiate ranks: Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State, 2010), Dez Bryant (Oklahoma State, 2008 – runner up) and Randy Moss (Marshall, 1997 – winner).

Brewer was a two-year letter-winner as a wide receiver at Wake Forest, where he earned his degree in science and health sports in 1987. In 1989, he was awarded a master’s in education with a specialization in exercise physiology from Ole Miss.

Carson Walch – Assistant Wide Receivers Coach

Walch, who spent the last two years with the Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos (offensive coordinator/receivers coach, 2017; receivers/pass game coordinator, 2016), will work alongside wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer as assistant wide receivers coach.

Prior to Edmonton, Walch was an offensive consultant for the University of Minnesota (2015) and spent two seasons as an offensive quality control coach with the Chicago Bears (2013-14). Walch also was a member of the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes coaching staff from 2010-12 (receivers coach, 2012; special teams assistant, 2010-11).

Before he began coaching professional football, Walch spent time at Winona State University (assistant head coach/offensive coordinator, 2007-09; wide receivers/passing game coordinator, 2000-02), University of St. Thomas (special teams coordinator/running backs coach, 2006) and Dakota State University (offensive coordinator, 2003-05).

Walch was an All-American, all-region and all-conference running back, receiver and return specialist for Winona State from 1996-99. In his final season, Walch was named a regional finalist for the Harlon Hill Award earned by the top player in NCAA Division II football.

Trent Miles – Offensive Quality Control

Miles came to Philadelphia as a coaching intern during training camp in 2017 and was elevated to coaching assistant during the regular season.

Miles, who also served as the assistant wide receivers/quality control coach with the Green Bay Packers in 2000, was the head coach at Georgia State (2013-16) and Indiana State (2008-12) prior to joining the Eagles. He was named Sun Belt Coach of the Year in 2015, Missouri Valley Coach of the Year in 2010 and AFCA Regional Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012.

Miles also coached at Washington (running backs coach, 2005-07), Notre Dame (wide receivers coach, 2002-04), Stanford (wide receivers coach, 2001), Fresno State (wide receivers coach, 1997-99), Hawaii (defensive backs coach, 1996; wide receivers coach, 1995), Northern Illinois (defensive backs coach, 1994; wide receivers coach, 1991-93), Oklahoma (graduate assistant, 1990), New Mexico (graduate assistant, 1988-89) and Indiana State (graduate assistant, 1987).

Spencer Phillips – Offensive Quality Control

Phillips originally joined the Eagles as a coaching assistant/assistant to the head coach during the 2016 offseason. Before joining Philadelphia’s coaching staff, Phillips spent one season as the defensive quality control coach at Samford University. Prior to Samford, he was a graduate transfer at Humboldt State University, where he helped coach quarterbacks. Phillips also played quarterback at Murray State University after transferring from West Los Angeles Junior College.

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