Feb 092011

New Eagles quarterbacks coach Doug PedersonBy Justin Adkins:

Andy Reid has finally rounded out the Eagles coaching staff, and it’s no surprise that no one really stands out.

Continuing his trend of hiring inexperienced coaches to work with a generally young team in need of coaching to maximize the average talent level, Reid stayed mostly in-house.

Duce Staley has been promoted to the position of special teams quality control coach.  The former fan-favorite running back had previously worked for the Eagles as assistant running backs coach in an intern capacity.  It’s expected that he will continue to work with the running backs while he assists with the special teams. 

On the polar opposite side of fan perspective is Doug Pederson, who has been promoted from offensive quality control coach to quarterbacks coach.  Here’s hoping that the opposite of the old maxim that says the best players don’t always make the best coaches holds true.

Pederson replaces James Urban, who coached the Eagles’ QBs for the past two seasons.  Urban himself has been promoted to assistant offensive coordinator.

Another current Eagles coach being promoted is David Culley, who will get the title of senior offensive assistant while still retaining his current title and responsibilites as wide receivers coach.  Culley’s group has performed well, with DeSean Jackson becoming a superstar and Jeremy Maclin not far behind.  Additionally, Jason Avant has become one of the premiere possession receivers in the league, and rookie Riley Cooper showed flashes of potential as well.  Of course, working with incredible doesn’t hurt.

Defensively, Reid looked outside to fill out the rest of the coaching staff. 

Johnnie Lynn has been hired to coach cornerbacks and the secondary in conjunction with new safeties/secondary coach Mike Zordich.  Lynn brings many years of defensive coaching experience to an Eagles team sorely lacking in that area.  Lynn was an assistant coach at the University of Arizona from 1987-93 before taking assistant jobs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1994-95), the 49ers (1996), and the New York Giants (1997-2003), with the latter two seasons spent as their defensive coordinator.  He then moved on to coach the secondary of the Baltimore Ravens (2004-2005).  Lynn spent the past five years in San Francisco as the 49ers secondary coach, additionally serving as special assistant to the head coach the past two seasons.  Of course, 49ers head coach Mike Singletary was fired during this past season so that may not be a highlight on Lynn’s resume. 

Finally, the Eagles have hired Bobby April Jr. as a defensive quality control coach, the position held  last season by Zordich.  April Jr, 28, is the son of Eagles special teams coordinator Bobby April.  The younger April worked in 2010 as safeties coach and special teams coordinator for Nicholls State, previously coaching at Portland State as the special teams coordinator and inside linebackers coach. 

Hiring the kid of the special teams coordinator pretty much puts a bow on the Eagles 2011 coaching search circus.

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