According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Eagles are going to request permission from the Chiefs to interview Mike Kafka for the Offensive Coordinator job.
It is no surprise that the Eagles are interested in Mike Kafka. Kafka, coming from the esteemed Andy Reid coaching tree, is currently coaching under him as the Chiefs’ quarterback coach. However, there is a possibility that Reid could block the Eagles’ interview attempt to keep his guy around. The Chiefs could lose their current offensive coordinator, Eric Bieniemy, this offseason. In light of that, it is predicted that Reid would like to promote Kafka to that role.
The Rise of Mike Kafka
Mike Kafka has been on the rise in the coaching scene after his short four-game career with the Eagles in the NFL. Kafka has actually followed a similar coaching pattern to Eagles head coach Doug Pederson. Kafka was a backup QB for the Chiefs when Doug Pederson was the OC. This is reminiscent of Doug Pederson playing under Andy Reid in Philly.
Mike Kafka became the graduate assistant at Northwestern in 2016 and then was hired by Andy Reid to be a quality control coach. He was then promoted to be the QB coach for the last two seasons. The Eagles can interview Kafka if allowed before the Super Bowl 54 vs. the San Francisco 49ers.
Who’s Calling the Plays?
One big factor involving the OC position is that Doug Pederson still wants to be the play caller. This factor affected the decisions of Ravens quarterbacks coach James Urban and tight ends coach Bobby Engram to stay with the Ravens. Would Mike Kafka be more willing to take a position without full control of play calling?
The Eagles have already interviewed USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell. Harrell uses an “air raid” offense that would bring a fresh set of ideas to Doug Pederson and the Eagles’ offense. There could be some more rumors, maybe even a hiring this week. The Eagles still have to find a replacement for the WR coach, DL coach, and DB coach.