Written by Justin Prince.
When you win a Super Bowl, there is a pretty good chance that other teams are going to come calling for coaches on your staff to inject some of that championship mojo into their teams.
The Philadelphia Eagles are no different. The recently crowned Super Bowl LII champions have watched as their offensive coordinator Frank Reich was named the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and as John DeFilippo accepted the offensive coordinator position with the Minnesota Vikings.
The vacancies created by these coaches moving on has opened the door for former Marshall quarterback Press Taylor to move up the NFL coaching ladder. On Monday, the Eagles announced that Taylor would become the team’s new quarterbacks coach replacing DeFilippo.
Taylor came to Huntington after having a successful career as a junior college quarterback winning back-to-back NJCAA national championships at Butler Community College in 2007 and 2008. His play at the JUCO ranks caught the eye of Marshall coaches and Taylor joined the Thundering Herd for his final two collegiate seasons.
Taylor occupied a backup role for the Herd but was considered to possess a high football IQ and advanced knowledge of the game. Following his Marshall career Taylor got his coaching career started as a graduate assistant and quarterbacks coach for the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes under its head coach Bill Blankenship.
Under Taylor’s tutelage Tulsa’s G.J. Kinne was named All Conference USA in 2011 throwing for more than 3,000 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Taylor was brought into Philadelphia after that season by then Eagles head coach Chip Kelly in 2013 as an offensive quality control coach. When the Eagles moved on from Kelly and hired Doug Pederson as the team’s head coach, Taylor was not only retained but also promoted to assistant quarterbacks coach.
Taylor will now be the main man in charge of quarterbacks in Philadelphia and there may be no better quarterback situation anywhere else in the National Football League.
Carson Wentz, the Eagles regular starter, was a frontrunner for the league’s MVP award for this past season until a knee injury sidelined him for the rest of the season and is set to return as is backup Nick Foles who stepped in for the injured Wentz, leading Philly to its first ever Super Bowl victory.