Report: Eagles interested in Bills WRs coach Sanjay Lal

Report: Eagles interested in Bills WRs coach Sanjay Lal

The Eagles fired Greg Lewis on Tuesday, so now they have to find a wide receivers coach to take his place. 

We have our first name. 

The team has "strong interest" in Bills receivers coach Sanjay Lal, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

While Lewis, 36, had never been an NFL position coach before the Eagles hired him last offseason, Lal has significant experience. 

The 47-year-old just finished his second season as the Bills wide receivers coach and has been a receivers coach in the NFL since 2009. He held the position with the Jets from 2012-14 and with the Raiders from 2009-11. Before that, he was an assistant receivers/quality control coach with the Raiders. 

With the Bills' firing of Rex Ryan, their position coaches have uncertain futures. 

A big problem with the Eagles' receivers group -- aside from an obvious lack of talent -- is unfulfilled potential. The Eagles started the season with a first-round pick, two second-round picks and a third-round pick at the position. And the only player who had a good season was Jordan Matthews. 

Nelson Agholor, the team's first-round pick from 2015, was slightly better in his second season but wasn't able to come near fulfilling his potential. 

Lal should know something about unfulfilled potential. In 2009, his first season as the Raiders' wide receivers coach, the team drafted Darrius Heyward-Bey with the seventh-overall pick. In his first two seasons, Heyward-Bey had numbers worse than Agholor's. But in his third season, and Lal's last with the team, Heyward-Bey caught 64 passes for 975 yards and four touchdowns. It's the best season he's ever had in the NFL. 

Maybe the Eagles want to see if Lal could squeeze some production out of their disappointing receivers. 

Freddie Mitchell defends Greg Lewis, puts all of the blame on Nelson Agholor

Freddie Mitchell defends Greg Lewis, puts all of the blame on Nelson Agholor

Greg Lewis was let go today from his position as the wide receivers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles.

It wasn't a particularly shocking move but it is never without criticism when a team is firing a guy whose job it was to coach a ragtag bunch of low level talent — Jordan Matthews aside. 

This wasn't the only revelation we learned about today in Eagles land. We also learned that GLew's former teammate Freddie Mitchell has things to say about the move on Twitter.

FredEx came to Lewis' defense.

So real.

I mean, I don't think anyone is going to argue that the Eagles receiving corps was awful due to Greg Lewis being around. But I don't think you'll find many people coming to the coach's defense either.

Just because the Eagles' wideouts were bad, doesn't mean GLew was anything close to being a quality position coach.

But it's interesting that Freddie tossed Nelson under the bus. I thought receivers were supposed to stick together?

Also of note, after clicking around some of FredEx's other tweets, he appears to be promoting a weekly Fridays with Freddie radio segment on 97.5 the Fanatic. That's something.

And he's feeling motivated in the new year.

Keep grindin', Fred.

Brian Westbrook, on the other hand, had a more measured take:

Source: Eagles fire Greg Lewis after 1 year as wide receivers coach

Source: Eagles fire Greg Lewis after 1 year as wide receivers coach

The position coach for the most underwhelming group on the 2016 Eagles is out. 

The Eagles have fired wide receivers coach Greg Lewis, a team source confirmed to CSNPhilly.com. 

Yahoo's Charles Robinson first reported the firing. 

Lewis, 36, lasted just one season as the Eagles' receivers coach. He didn't have much experience coming in and this was his first job as a receivers coach at the NFL level. Lewis spent 2015 as an offensive assistant for the Saints after three years coaching in college. He played for the Eagles from 2003-08. 

While the Eagles might not have had much talent at the wide receiver position, the group didn't improve throughout the season. Tight end Zach Ertz ended up being the team's top receiver in 2016. 

Among the receivers, Jordan Matthews led the way with 73 catches for 804 yards and three touchdowns. Lewis wasn't able to get much out of Nelson Agholor or Dorial Green-Beckham, who were first- and second-round picks in 2015. 

The only deep threat the Eagles were supposed to have was Bryce Treggs, who had one 58-yard catch and was otherwise very quiet. 

The six receivers who were on the roster this year — Matthews, Agholor, Green-Beckham, Treggs, Paul Turner and Josh Huff — caught a combined 170 passes for 1,839 yards. That's a paltry average of 10.8 yards per catch for the receiving group. 

Here's a wild stat from CSN's Reuben Frank to illustrate how inept Eagles receivers were in 2016: Before this season, the Eagles had two receivers in franchise history with 30 or more catches and an average of 11 yards or fewer per catch. They had three in 2016. 

Now, the Eagles will have to find a receivers coach who can get more out of the unit in 2017.