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Eagles Might Not Hire an Offensive Coordinator After All

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    Eagles might not hire an offensive coordinator after all

    Maybe the Eagles aren't going to replace Frank Reich after all. 

    Reich left his post as the Eagles' offensive coordinator earlier this week when he accepted the head coaching job in Indianapolis, but it seems like the Eagles might not be in a hurry to give his old title to someone new. 

    The Eagles have "no immediate plan" to hire an offensive coordinator, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who also says they could give receivers coach Mike Groh and running backs coach Duce Staley more responsibility. 

    In a way, this makes sense. The Eagles' offensive coordinator is really head coach Doug Pederson, who runs that side of the ball and even calls plays on Sundays. Reich offered a great sounding board, but the team is coming off a Super Bowl appearance and if they have enough cooks in the kitchen, why potentially mess up their chemistry? 

    It's rare for a team to keep the offensive coordinator title vacant, but not unheard of. In fact, the Eagles wouldn't even be the only team in the NFL right now to do it. 

    In San Francisco, head coach Kyle Shanahan serves as the 49ers' offensive coordinator. He called his own plays in 2017. 

    The same is true in Houston with Bill O'Brien. O'Brien began his time in Houston without an offensive coordinator, then promoted quarterbacks coach George Godsey to OC. But when the team fired Godsey after the 2016 season, they didn't hire a replacement. Instead, O'Brien went back to calling plays and wearing both hats. 

    The Rams also don't technically have an offensive coordinator either after Matt LaFleur left for the same title with play-calling duties in Tennessee. Now, Sean McVay has a run game coordinator and a pass game coordinator who kind of take over the traditional OC job. 

    Play-calling is pretty much the difference in all of these cases. Traditionally, it has been the offensive coordinator's job to call plays, but when a team has a head coach who does it, the OC position becomes less of a necessity. 

    Reich was a unique member of the Eagles' staff because of his relationship with Pederson; it was worth having him around. For now, it appears the Eagles have deemed it's not worth trying to find someone to take that title right away.