Report: Eagles Nab Alabama Offensive Line Coach

Chip Kelly’s staff appears to be near completion.

Earlier today, we told you about defensive coordinator Billy Davis. And this afternoon, word has come down that Kelly has found his offensive line coach.

Sources tell that the Eagles will hire Alabama offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland.

Stoutland spent the past two seasons on Nick Saban’s staff. He previously coached Miami’s offensive line from 2007 to 2010 and also spent time at Michigan State (2000-2006), Syracuse (1997-1999, 1986-1987) and Cornell (1992-1996). Stoutland recently coached guard Chance Warmack, who is expected to be a first-round pick, along with All-American Barrett Jones. He played his college ball at Southern Connecticut State and also was the offensive coordinator there from 1988 to 1992.

Stoutland’s credentials come with a bit of baggage. He was involved in the NCAA’s investigation of Miami’s program and Nevin Shapiro. Stoutland cooperated with the investigation, according to reports. But I found this nugget from to be noteworthy:

Stoutland was the only Alabama assistant coach not to receive a raise after the 2011 season. He makes $395,000 per year.

“I think as a university we make decisions because we think it’s the right thing to do,” Saban said in March 2012. “In the future, I think Jeff Stoutland deserves to get a raise based on the merit of the work that he’s done here, but I also think it wouldn’t be smart on our part to ignore other things that have happened. So, it is what it is.”

As for the Eagles, they’re expected to return three offensive line starters from injury: Jason Peters, Jason Kelce and Todd  Herremans. I did a detailed breakdown of the offensive line yesterday.

Below is a YouTube video of Stoutland in action, although I’ll warn you that there’s nothing particular noteworthy about it.

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  • The Guru

    Now I’ve been negative since CK’s hire because I believe he’s going to be an epic failure, but this is finally a good hire!!

    • aub32

      Never thought I’d see the day.

    • Mitchell

      I’m surprised you have something positive to say lol

      • The Guru

        I don’t fart rainbows and poop cupcakes every time The Eagles make a move like most of you sheep (nor should most of you)…but when they make a good decision like this or releasing Bell….I can absolutely be on board.

        • laeagle

          Thank you for pointing out what sheep the rest of us are. We look to your example for how to conduct ourselves and manage our lives.

          • The Guru

            Did I single you out and call you sheep? Funny you include yourself in that group all by yourself.

          • laeagle

            Absolutely hilarious.

            You are an angry man.

          • The Guru

            Not at all…wiping the floor with sheep like you makes me happy.

          • GoBirds1

            you know that old story about the sheep and the shepherd. laeagle fantasizes about being the sheep, right la?

    • PhEaglesPhan

      Wow this D bag can type anything other then negative comments!?

      • The Guru

        How about you suck a fart out of my ass?

        • theycallmerob

          hahahaha, its official! there is no moderator on this board! take that, espn

        • Birdseed

          Dude, you need to find something more productive to do with all this free time you apparently have. There has to be more to your life than waiting for the perfect opportunity to drop that line.

          • The Guru

            Thanks mom.

  • NK

    So what has happened exactly (as per Saban’s comment)?

    • Bob A

      What happened is that he took a job with people that were willing to pay him, rather than penalize him for something that happened at another school.

  • EaglefaninAZ

    He has the greatest last name for an offensive line coach EVER. Too bad his first name isn’t something like Turk, or Bam. Lmao….

  • Guest

    Start eating, Jason Kelce.

  • EaglefaninAZ

    Very interesting video to me. Please excuse my dimness, but is it standard practice
    protocol for all offensive linemen to wear knee braces for practices? Is it only O-Linemen?
    Are they actually braces. Forgive me if this is a clown question.

    • Warhound

      Yeah, braces to reduce injury likelyhood.

  • 1972

    no more 70 30 pass to run ratio. Finally we can get back to hard running fast paced football

  • Johnny Domino

    See if he can bring the big fella with him.

  • It was kind of funny to see the words “as a university” right in front of the part where you said that they paid an assistant football coach nearly $400,000.

  • BrickSquadMonopoly

    this is a tits hire good shit chipper

  • PsychoPathetic1

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE limit the number of comments trolls can make per article. The same two Head-ACHE’s (Arm Chair Holy Expert’s) keep arguing on and on in every article.

  • Mostel

    This guy, at worst, isn’t ruining NFL talent when it gets to Bama. His guys are getting drafted, so that can’t be all bad!

  • ClydeSide

    Here’s an excerpt from a great article about Alabama’s offense. It’s clear that there are similarities to Oregon (and what Chip will do here). It’s a year old but still applicable:

    “Alabama’s base run play is the inside zone. The Crimson Tide run this play over and over again. In fact, the inside zone — also known as the “slant” or “belly” play, or the “tight zone” — is essentially the foundation of the modern running game at every level, from the NFL to college. Its lineage dates back decades, but only in the last 20 years or so has the zone running game supplanted man blocking schemes. Of course, this doesn’t mean that no one uses man blocking schemes anymore, but it’s beyond argument that most every team — pro-style, spread, I-back, or one-back — begins with the zone, and more precisely the inside zone.”

    Here’s the whole article by Chris Brown

    • UKEagle99

      Nice find, thx for sharing.

      EDIT: Also interesting is following a link from that page goes on to discuss how Alex Gibbs (then the Falcons OL coach when Vick was there) went to meet with Florida’s staff to learn about potentially adding some quarterback read plays. Unfortunately it doesn’t go on to discuss how that turned out but CK get another honorable mention. A few hours of coaching vids too…