Coaching in the NFL is all about having the right relationships. Last year the Birds were 4-12, yet both their offensive and defensive coordinators had no trouble getting job as soon as they were given the freedom to talk to other teams.
The Eagles offense had many problems a year ago, but the New York Jets were even worse and that may be part of the reason Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will be taking the same position with Rex Ryan and the Jets. During his time with the Eagles, Mornhinweg oversaw some outstanding Eagles offenses, which were amongst the most explosive and productive in the league.
Like former Birds head coach Andy Reid, Mornhinweg has an affinity for throwing the football. Mornhinweg was here when the Eagles went to the Super Bowl after the 2004 season. Mornhinweg has been very good at working with quarterbacks, like Donovan McNabb, A.J. Feeley, Jeff Garcia and Michael Vick. Prior to his time in Philadelphia, he was head coach of the Detroit Lions, but that didn’t go too well.
He was running a 49ers offense, which was just about unstoppable, when Steve Young led San Francisco to a Super Bowl title back in the mid-90’s.
I’m sure that his success with those quarterbacks is the main reason, he’s getting the opportunity with the Jets. He’ll be asked to straighten out New York quarterback Mark Sanchez.
The Eagles defense was probably the worst defense in the league at the end of the 2012 season. They just flat out quit in the last game of the season against the Giants, yet former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator and NFL Coach of the Year, Bruce Arians, is bringing the guy who ran that defense, Todd Bowles, to Arizona with him.
Arians and Bowles have ties to each other, from their time together at Temple University when Arians was coaching the team and Bowles was a defensive back. That’s Bowles’ specialty is the defensive backfield and that’s what makes last season so problematic. The defensive backfield may have been the most disappointing area of the team.
The Eagles gave Bowles permission to talk to other teams and the Birds coach will be leading the Cardinals defense in the upcoming season. Hopefully for he and the Cardinals, he will get much better production out of the Cardinals than he got out of the Eagles.