BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – It hasn't escaped the attention of reporters who cover the New York Giants that their new coach, Pat Shurmur, hasn't hired an offensive coordinator yet.
Shurmur has longstanding ties with Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley, dating to 1999, when Shurmur was Andy Reid's tight ends coach and Staley was the team's star running back. They coached together under Chip Kelly from 2013 to 2015, when Shurmur was the Eagles' offensive coordinator. Both are marinated in West Coast offensive concepts.
"Right now, my focus is winning a Super Bowl for the Eagles. I got blockers and I got blinders on right now," Staley said Thursday. A day earlier, he replied in the affirmative when asked if he thought he was ready to be a coordinator, and told reporters that his chances of becoming one were "up to the powers that be."
Staley, 42, has been on the Eagles' coaching staff since 2011. He is the team's fifth all-time leading rusher.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell faced questions in his Wednesday news conference about the league's lack of progress in high-level minority hiring. He said the league needs to work harder on developing its talent pipeline.
"As an example, the trend now is offensive coaches. We need to work to get more offensive coaches in the position, and African Americans that have offensive-coordinator or quarterback-coach experience, that we'll see them as the right kind of candidates," Goodell said.