The Philadelphia Eagles are bringing on Shane Steichen to be their new offensive coordinator under new head coach Nick Sirianni, according to multiple reports on Monday.
Steichen, 35, had been the offensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers since the 2019 season under head coach Anthony Lynn — now the offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions — after Ken Whisenhunt was fired from the role.
It capped off an ascension nine years in the making over two stints with the Chargers. He worked with the Cleveland Browns as an offensive quality control coach in 2013.
During the 2020 season in Los Angeles, Steichen worked closely with rookie quarterback Justin Herbert, who the Chargers selected sixth overall at the draft just a few months earlier.
The Oregon product starred under Streichen’s eye, 4,336 yards with 31 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and a passer rating of 98.3.
Now in Philadelphia, Streichen will be working alongside Sirianni to provide some clarity on the Eagles’ quarterbacking situation. While Jalen Hurts got the starting nod for the final five weeks of the 2020 season under former head coach, Doug Pederson, initial expectations tab the Eagles to return starting responsibilities to Carson Wentz.
Wentz is coming off the worst season of his career as a pro, going 3-8-1 as a starter while completing just 57.4% of his passes for 2,620 yards with 16 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, and a passer rating of 72.8.
Pederson’s decision to bench Wentz reportedly fractured the relationship between quarterback and franchise at the time, leading to rumors swirling about the 28-year-old trying to force a trade away from the Eagles.
While Sirianni has reportedly spoken to Wentz, it remains to be seen if the young passer truly wants to be a part of the organization for the long haul — at least for now.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie described the franchise’s relationship with Wentz as “very fixable” just two weeks ago. A new-look offense with some added playmaking versatility will only help the Eagles’ chances of hanging onto their once-perceived franchise quarterback.