Report: Eagles interviewing Bills WRs coach Sanjay Lal Wednesday

Report: Eagles interviewing Bills WRs coach Sanjay Lal Wednesday

The Eagles on Wednesday are interviewing Bills wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal for their opening at that spot, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

Caplan reported Tuesday that the Eagles have "strong interest" in Lal to fill the vacancy created by the Greg Lewis firing.

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.

Report: Eagles block Jets from interviewing QB coach John DeFilippo

Report: Eagles block Jets from interviewing QB coach John DeFilippo

Earlier this week, a report surfaced that the New York Jets were targeting Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo to be their next offensive coordinator.

The Eagles aren't going to let that happen. 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Eagles have denied the Jets permission to interview DeFilippo.

When assistant coaches are under contract, their current team has the right to deny other teams from interviewing them, even if it's blocking a promotion. The only time they can't block a coach from an interview is when a team wants to interview them for a head coaching job. 

It seems very possible the Eagles are hesitant to let DeFilippo interview for another offensive coordinator job because they might need him to be their offensive coordinator next year. 

According to various reports, the Buffalo Bills intend to interview Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich for their head coaching job. If Reich leaves, 38-year-old DeFilippo would be a pretty obvious choice to replace him. 

Blocking DeFilippo could also be important for quarterback Carson Wentz's growth. DeFilippo, on a daily basis, spends more time with Wentz than any other coach on the staff. 

Before joining the Eagles, DeFilippo spent one season as the Browns' offensive coordinator before another head coaching change happened in Cleveland. DeFilippo was with the Jets in 2009 as their assistant quarterbacks coach. It looks like he won't be going back there this offseason. 

Report: Jets targeting Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo for OC job

Report: Jets targeting Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo for OC job

So much was made in recent weeks about the possibility the Eagles could lose offensive coordinator Frank Reich or defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz to a head coaching job. 

Now, it appears they might be in danger of a different coach leaving for a promotion. 

Acording to ESPN's Adam Caplan, Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo is among the people the Jets are targeting for their recently-vacated offensive coordinator job. 

The Jets' OC job became available on Tuesday, when Chan Gailey officially retired. 

DeFilippo, 38, just finished his first season as the Eagles' quarterbacks coach. DeFilippo has local roots — before heading off to play quarterback at James Madison, DeFilippo starred at Radnor High School. His father, Gene, was the athletic director at Villanova from 1993-97. 

Before DeFilippo joined the Eagles, he was most recently the Browns' offensive coordinator in 2015 and was the Raiders' quarterbacks coach from 2012-14. He spent 2010-11 at San Jose State before getting back into the NFL. 

DeFilippo spent one season with the Jets, in 2009, as their assistant quarterbacks coach. That was the year the Jets drafted Mark Sanchez and he led the team to the AFC Championship Game. 

This season, DeFilippo spent more time with rookie Carson Wentz than any other coach, so his leaving could negatively affect Wentz's development.

Recently, it's also been reported that the Bills want to interview Reich for their head coaching job. 

That means there's a possibility Wentz could lose two of his closest coaches by the time next season starts.