PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 2019 SEASON GUIDE 37
MIKE GROH OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR
Mike Groh joined the Eagles as the
team’s wide receivers coach in 2017 and
was promoted to offensive coordinator
during the 2018 offseason. Prior to his
arrival in Philadelphia, he served as the
passing game coordinator/wide receivers
coach for the Los Angeles Rams in 2016.
During Groh’s first season as offensive
coordinator (2018), Philadelphia registered
the 7th-ranked passing offense (267.2) and
the 8th-ranked team passer rating (100.7)
in the NFL. The Eagles also finished 9th in
10+ yard plays (235) and 10th in passing
yards per play (6.7). Individually, tight end
Zach Ertz set the NFL record for receptions
by a TE (116), surpassing the previous
mark of 110 by Jason Witten in 2012.
Quarterback Carson Wentz ranked 3rd in
the NFL with a team-record 69.6 completion
percentage and finished 7th in the NFL
with a career-high 102.2 passer rating.
In 2017, Groh oversaw a unit that
made significant improvements during
Philadelphia’s Super Bowl LII-winning
campaign. The Eagles, who tied for
the third-most offensive points (414)
in the NFL in 2017, were the only team
with two wide receivers that produced
eight-or-more receiving touchdowns.
Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who signed
a four-year contract extension with
Philadelphia during the regular season,
tied for fourth in the NFL with a teamleading
nine receiving touchdowns, which
marked the second most of his career (10
with Chicago in 2013, when Groh was the
Bears’ wide receivers coach). Jeffery also
led the Eagles in receiving yards (219),
yards per catch (18.3), and receiving
touchdowns (three), during the postseason.
In his third NFL season, WR Nelson Agholor
enjoyed a breakout year under Groh’s
direction in 2017, as he led Philadelphia
in 20-plus-yard receptions (nine) and
50-plus-yard receptions (three) and
tied for second with a career-high eight
receiving touchdowns. Agholor also ranked
first in the NFL in third-down receiving
average (17.5) (min. 20 receptions).
During his time with the Rams, Groh’s
expertise helped eight-year veteran Kenny
Britt secure his first career 1,000-yard
receiving season, becoming the first Rams
wideout to accomplish the feat since 2007.
Serving as the wide receivers coach for the
Chicago Bears from 2013-15, Groh oversaw
a position group that featured two Pro Bowl
players (Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall)
and produced three 1,000-yard receiving
seasons (Jeffery twice, Marshall once).
Jeffery, who was named to the Pro Bowl
in just his second NFL season, reached the
1,000-yard plateau in both 2013 (1,421)
and 2014 (1,133). Under Groh’s tutelage,
Jeffery placed ninth in the NFL in receiving
yards (3,361) over the three-year stretch
that he was on the coaching staff. In his first
season with Groh, Jeffery set the franchise
record for receiving yards in a game on
two separate occasions (218 yards vs. NO
10/6/13; 249 yards at Min. 12/1/13). As a
result of his two standout performances,
Jeffery became the only player in Bears
history to amass multiple 200-yard receiving
games, in addition to becoming the eighth
player in NFL history to have two 200-yard
receiving games in the same season. Jeffery
immediately saw a significant spike in his
receiving numbers after Groh joined the
staff (24-367-3 in 2012; 89-1,421-7 in 2013).
Marshall also benefited under Groh’s
guidance, as he followed Jeffery to the Pro
Bowl in 2013 after posting 100 receptions
for 1,295 receiving yards and 12 TDs,
the second-highest total of his career.
Collectively, the Bears’ offense thrived
with Groh on staff. In 2013, the team set
franchise marks in gross passing yards
(4,450), net passing yards (4,281), passer
rating (96.9), first downs (344), and passing
first downs (215), while the team’s 445
points were the second most in club history.
The team’s 4,035 gross passing yards in
2014 and 3,843 gross passing yards in 2015
were the third- and fourth-highest passing
marks in team history, respectively.
As the wide receivers coach and
recruiting coordinator for the University of
Alabama from 2011-12, Groh was part of a
program that won back-to-back National
Championships. In his first stint with
the Crimson Tide in 2009, Groh was the
offensive graduate assistant for a program
that won its first national title under head
coach Nick Saban. In between his two posts
with Alabama, Groh was the quarterbacks
coach for the University of Louisville in 2010.
Groh began his collegiate coaching
career at the University of Virginia, his
alma mater, where he coached from
2001-08. He spent the final three seasons
as the program’s offensive coordinator
(2006-08), following a season in which
he worked with the wide receivers,
quarterbacks, and as the recruiting
coordinator in 2005. He oversaw the wide
receivers and quarterbacks from 2003-04
and the wide receivers from 2001-02.
The son of Al Groh, a former New York Jets
head coach and longtime NFL assistant, he
got his start on his father’s staff in 2000,
when he was the offensive assistant/
quality control coach for the Jets.
Groh earned his degree in rhetoric
and communication studies from
Virginia in 1995. He became the only
quarterback in school history to lead the
team to nine wins and a bowl victory
in consecutive seasons (1994-95).
Following his collegiate playing career, he
spent time with the Baltimore Ravens during
Training Camp in 1996 and later played in
the World League for the Rhein Fire in 1997.