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January 23, 2017

Eagles hire Mike Groh to be wide receiver coach

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To date, the Philadelphia Eagles made just one change to their coaching staff this offseason, when they fired wide receiver coach Greg Lewis after just one year with the team. On Monday, the Eagles hired Mike Groh to fill Lewis' spot.

“We are excited to add Mike Groh to our coaching staff," said Doug Pederson via a press release. "Mike brings with him a vast array of experience coaching wide receivers in the NFL and college. Over his career, he has demonstrated a great ability as a teacher and as a motivator and we look forward to him getting started in Philadelphia.”

Groh was previously the wide receivers coach for the Chicago Bears (2013-2015) and the Los Angeles Rams (2016-present). He also had several jobs in college, with Alabama, Louisville, and Virginia. He is the son of former coach Al Groh, who had a long coaching career both in the NFL and at various colleges, most notably Virginia.

Groh had some players to work with in Chicago. Here are the receivers with at least 500 yards in any one season under Groh's watch:

Year Player Rec Yards TD 
2013 Bears Alshon Jeffery 89 1421 
 2013 BearsBrandon Marshall 100 1295 12 
 2014 BearsAlshon Jeffery 85 1133 10 
 2014 Bears Brandon Marshall61 721 
 2015 BearsAlshon Jeffery 54 807 
 2016 RamsKenny Britt 68 1002 
 2016 Rams Brian Quick41 564 
 2016 Rams Tavon Austin58 509 

As the wide receivers coach at Alabama from 2011-2012, Groh coached NFL draftees Amari Cooper and Kevin Norwood.

Groh also has experience coaching quarterbacks (Louisville 2010). Groh himself was a two-year starting quarterback at the University of Virginia before signing with the Baltimore Ravens in 1996 as an undrafted free agent. In a Q&A post, Chicago Tribune reporter Brad Biggs noted that when Groh left the Bears to join the Rams' staff, he did so partly because he had hoped to become the Bears' quarterbacks coach, but was passed over for the job.

Groh could view the Eagles as an opportunity for advancement, as current quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo got sniffs for offensive coordinator jobs this offseason.

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