By Mary Cunningham
The Eagles thought they would bundle the news of their coaching changes on Monday afternoon, and just as they were doing so quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave was announced as the Oakland Raiders’ new offensive coordinator.
The Eagles named Cory Undlin defensive backs coach and Justin Peelle tight ends coach. Peelle spent the last two years as the Eagles assistant tight ends coach.
John Lovett, the team’s defensive backs coach since 2013, and Ted Williams, the Eagles tight ends coach for the last two years, will both now work in the team’s pro scouting department.
The 43-year-old Undlin most recently worked as defensive backs coach of the Denver Broncos from 2013-14 and as the Broncos defensive quality control coach in 2012.
In 2014, the Broncos secondary featured three Pro Bowl performers as cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris joined safety T.J. Ward to help lead a Broncos defense that finished 3rd in the NFL in yards allowed and 9th in passing yards permitted.
Before his tenure in Denver, Undlin spent three seasons with Jacksonville under Jack Del Rio, coaching the club’s defensive backs for two years and spending another season as a defensive assistant working with the defensive line and outside linebackers.
He also coached four seasons in Cleveland (2005-08) and one year with New England (2004), where he worked primarily with the secondary with both teams.
Undlin began his coaching career at his alma mater, California Lutheran University, where he coached linebackers from 1998-99 before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2000. From 2002-03 he served as a graduate assistant at Fresno State University working with the team’s secondary.
A defensive back for California Lutheran from 1990-94, Undlin earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the school.
In Peelle’s two seasons as an assistant tight ends coach, the Eagles offense has been one of the most productive in the NFL as they rank 2nd in points, total yards, and rushing yards and 1st in plays of 20 yards over that time period. The tight end group has been productive along the way. Veteran Brent Celek had 32 catches in 2013, 2nd-year pro Zach Ertz ranked third on the team with 58 receptions for 702 yards, while James Caseycontributed with two touchdowns.
Peelle is a veteran of 10 NFL seasons as a tight end for San Diego (2002-05), Miami (2006-07), Atlanta (2008-10), and San Francisco (2011) and joined the Eagles as an assistant tight ends coach in 2013. He was a 4th round draft choice of the Chargers in 2002. While earning his degree in political science at the University of Oregon, Peelle earned first-team All-Pac 10 honors as a senior and was a four-time All-Academic Team selection.