Hines Ward, Bobby Engram reportedly in mix for Eagles' WRs coach job

Ruben Hill
January 15, 2020

The team fired its previous wide receivers coach, Carson Walch, last week.

Ward just completed his first season as an offensive assistant for the New York Jets, and because Ward is not a primary assistant, the Eagles would not need to ask the Jets for permission to interview him.

And if the Eagles need a recommendation about Ward, the Jets' general manager is former Eagles personnel head Joe Douglas, who left here on good terms.

Ward is known for putting together a legendary career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Engram spent 15 years in the league as a player.

That began a streak of four straight 1,000-yard campaigns as well as four consecutive Pro Bowl appearances for Ward, with his best season coming in 2002 when he registered 112 grabs for 1,329 yards and 12 touchdowns. He won two Super Bowls in Pittsburgh. He played a total of 14 seasons with the Bears, Seahawks and Chiefs, amassing 650 catches for over 7,700 yards and 35 touchdowns. He is now with the Ravens as their tight ends coach, but he was the receivers coach from 2014-18 and held the position in Pittsburgh from 2012-13.

The Eagles have not had a wide receivers coach with professional playing experience at the position since Greg Lewis in 2016. Eagles coach Doug Pederson has been quick to hire fellow former players to his staff during his four seasons at the helm. One of those people is running backs coach Duce Staley, who was a teammate of Ward's in Pittsburgh from 2004-06. He previously coached wide receivers at Pitt and served as an offensive assistant for the San Francisco 49ers. Engram, who has 20 years of combined National Football League experience as a player and coach, would also bring a similar perspective to the Eagles' staff.

The Philadelphia Eagles are looking at a couple candidates with playing experience for their wide receivers coach opening, according to a report.

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