philadelphiaeagles.comAccording to a report, Alabama offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland will be joining the Eagles in the same capacity under head coach Chip Kelly. Stoutland just completed his second year at Alabama, helping the Crimson Tide win back-to-back BCS National Championships. In his two seasons under head coach Nick Saban, Stoutland’s line produced some of the best linemen in college football. In 2011, his unit allowed the second-fewest sacks in the SEC. Left tackle Barrett Jones and center William Vlachos were both named first team All-SEC. That year, Jones won the Outland Award, given to the best interior lineman in football. In 2012, Jones and guard Chance Warmack earned first team All-SEC honors. Jones switched to center but still found great success, winning the Rimington Trophy, given to the best center in the nation.

Normally offensive line coach signings aren’t a big deal, but when your team’s line was as historically bad as the Eagles’ was last year and when you sign the coach of one of the greatest offensive lines in recent college memory it’s something worth discussing. Every Birds fan has gotta love this move. Stoutland’s group in the Championship game ran over Manti Te’o physically as bad as thousands of late-night dude-on-dude phone calls with Tuiasosopo ran over him psychologically. The whole Irish team and most of the SEC, too.

Stoutland can’t make Danny Watkins or Jason Peters’ double ruptured Achilles disappear, but at least it shows Chip can reel in the big fish.

Except at Defensive Coordinator, I suppose.