Philadelphia Eagles rival report: Giants fill coaching staff, Cowboys work on big deal for lineman
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur announced the hirings of his offensive and defensive coordinators this week. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
As we enter the thick of the NFL offseason, we’ll periodically check in on the Philadelphia Eagles’ rivals in the NFC East and look at the happenings with other contenders across the conference.
Now that the Birds are Super Bowl championships, everyone else is gunning to dethrone them. Here’s a look news and notes from teams Eagles fans will want to keep an eye on.
One of the Eagles’ NFC East foes is having a busy offseason after making a coaching change. The Giants announced former Vikings and Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur as their head coach last month, and this week, New York filled out the rest of its staff.
The big news here is that the Giants hired Mike Shula as offensive coordinator and James Bettcher as defensive coordinator to bring a couple of well-respected coaches to the sideline.
Shula spent the past five years as the Panthers’ offensive coordinator, devising a scheme to fit around quarterback Cam Newton. While Shurmur will call plays for Big Blue, Shula brings 26 years of NFL experience to New York after Carolina fired him in the wake of a first-round playoff exit.
Bettcher, 39, served as the Cardinals’ defensive coordinator from 2015 to ‘17 and helped Arizona rank in the in Top 10 in total defense each of his seasons in the role. Considered a bright young coaching mind, Bettcher ended up losing his job in the desert after head coach Bruce Arians’ retirement caused a staff shakeup.
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