PR disaster for the Eagles on Thursday.
They fired offensive coordinator Mike Groh and wide receivers coach Carson Walch 24 hours after head coach Doug Pederson told reporters that they would be back in 2020.
Talk about a shitty way to go. Imagine your boss stands in front of the entire staff at the sales meeting and tells everybody that you’ve been doing a fantastic job. Then you’re called into the office the very next day and canned. Regardless of the coaching job Groh and Walch did this season, it seems like they were done dirty with the way their removal was handled, a removal explained via Pederson statement Thursday afternoon:
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 9, 2020
Pederson was scheduled to talk to Angelo Cataldi on 94 WIP this morning and was asked what exactly happened here:
Cataldi: Mike Groh and Carson Walch are no longer with the organization. Can you take us through the process of how that happened?
Pederson: Yeah, so first of all, listen, I appreciate both of those guys. Everything they did for me. Obviously Mike was on staff when we won a championship. Obviously I have to make the decisions that I feel are in the best interest of the football team moving forward. I also want to make sure that my comments the other day, might have been a little bit misleading and I did a poor job there communicating in the press conference. Basically what I intended to say about my coaching staff was that I was still in the process of evaluating. Of evaluating everything. That’s really what the week after the season is about. We take a look at everything, from the roster to personnel and I did a poor job of communicating that. For that, I apologize for misleading anybody there, especially I think I did put Jim (Schwartz) in a tough situation, but I want to let everybody know these are ultimately my decisions and I do what’s best for the football team.
For reference, here’s what Doug said at Wednesday’s press conference, which he did alongside GM Howie Roseman:
Now that the season is over, how do you assess the job of Offensive Coordinator Mike Groh and Wide Receivers Coach Carson Walch, and do you expect them to be on your staff next year?(Eliot Shorr-Parks)
DOUG PEDERSON: I think both of those guys did an outstanding job for me this year. There were a lot of things we faced on offense as you know, through adversity, through injury, through many different facets of trying to get the pieces together.
So my hat goes off to both of those gentlemen because of the game plans that Mike and I and the offensive staff put together, first of all. Then here towards the end of the season, Carson Walch having a big impact on getting these young players ready to go and to play at a high level. That’s not easy.
For guys to basically come off our practice roster, who were within weeks of being on our roster or being on the practice squad, to be elevated to game status, it’s not easy to do, and these two gentlemen did an outstanding job for me, for the team, and really put us in a position to be in the postseason here at the end of the year.
Q. Will Coach Groh and Coach Walch be back though?(Jeff McLane)
DOUG PEDERSON: Yes, both those guys will be back.
Pederson told Cataldi that Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman did not influence the decision to fire Groh and Walch, reaffirming that he has control of his coaching staff. Doug also explained that he has a “great working relationship” with Jim Schwartz, who will be the defensive coordinator “moving forward” if he doesn’t get the Browns head coaching job.
Here’s the full audio. Angelo threw him a bunch of Carson Wentz softballs instead of pushing Doug on a disastrous press conference and communications snafu. If this was Gabe Kapler, or anybody else really, Cataldi would have been yelling at him two minutes in: