It’s a tale as old as time, the Super Bowl Champions typically get plucked apart by the rest of the NFL all looking to add a piece for their own hopeful run.
As they are such, the Philadelphia Eagles are starting to lose people to more luxurious options elsewhere. The purge began last week when their quarterbacks coach, John DeFilippo, was hired by the Minnesota Vikings to be their offensive coordinator.
On Sunday, word broke of another Eagles coach that is on the move. Offensive coordinator Frank Reich is reported to have accepted the vacant Indianapolis Colts head coaching position, a move that was heavily rumored to be coming.
Frank Reich will be the Colts’ new coach. Five-year deal with the team has been agreed to and about to be finalized, source says. @espn reported earlier he was the fave.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 11, 2018
This move has an interesting set of effects on the Cowboys, which is what we’re concerned with.
First of all, Frank Reich will no longer be in Philadelphia. As he oversaw an offense that won the Super Bowl and embarrassed the Cowboys back in November with Carson Wentz at his disposal, it would certainly not hurt if he wasn’t there anymore.
Carson Wentz is going to have a hard enough road coming back from a torn ACL. With DeFilippo and hypothetically Reich both out of the building, things are all the more difficult for the Eagles, meaning they’re all the better for the Cowboys.
What’s more is that the New York Giants are currently re-building their staff under new head coach Pat Shurmur. In need of an offensive coordinator, Shurmur has looked to Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley as a potential option.
While the Eagles likely wouldn’t have let Staley interview with New York (they can block it) anyway, they’re certainly not going to let him walk if they themselves are in need of an offensive coordinator, meaning Reich leaving also weakens the Giants. Another Cowboys win.
It is worth noting that with Frank Reich the new Colts head coach that he will be joining forces with former Cowboys linebackers coach and passing game coordinator Matt Eberflus. This is quite a pairing of an offensive and defensive mind, with deep NFC East ties.
The AFC South and NFC East play each other in 2018 so all of these relationships are going to be put to the test against one another if the reports are accurate (not that Indy has had anyone back out of the job lately or anything). As Cowboys fans, we’re rooting for him to do it for the inevitable domino effect. Go get it done, Frank!