Even though some of his personnel ideas haven't worked out, the Eagles continue to show confidence in assistant coach Marty Mornhinweg. Upon Childress exiting Philly for his first NFL head coaching job in Minnesota, the Eagles elevated Mornhinweg to offensive coordinator. The move should give the Eagles a "seamless" transition on their offense, according to Mornhinweg.
It was Mornhinweg's input that the Eagles relied on in bringing Terrell Owens and Mike McMahon to Philly. Mornhinweg was Owens' offensive coordinator in San Francisco and he was the head coach of the Lions when McMahon played in Detroit. Owens stay in Philadelphia was short and turned out to be somewhat disastrous, while McMahon was completely ineffective taking over for Donovan McNabb at quarterback. Even with hindsight, Mornhinweg stands behind McMahon. "Mike has proved that he can make great plays with both his arm and feet," said Mornhinweg. "He sure it talented, but we would surely like to evaluate him with a full group one of these days." McMahon threw eight interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns by the opposing team.
For the past couple seasons, Childress served as offensive coordinator and worked out of the press box, while Mornhinweg gave input into the offensive play calling and personnel from the sidelines. Mornhinweg hasn't decided whether he'll work out of the press box or the sidelines next season. He stressed that he believes he can maintain more control working right beside Andy Reid, but knows there are benefits to being in the press box.
Childress left the Eagles officially on Friday, being introduced as the new head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, replacing Mike Tice, who was fired after the season. Childress was set to interview with Green Bay and Houston, but the Vikings pursued him heavily and he wound up skipping the other interviews to take the Minnesota job.