By Sam Bush
The dust is settling on the torturous path that Doug Pederson took to become new Eagles coach.
And here is a complete look at who they have hired so far to work under Pederson:
Jim Schwartz, Defensive Coordinator (above)
Frank Reich, Offensive Coordinator
Dave Fipp, Special Teams Coordinator
Eugene Chung, Assistant Offensive Line/Tight Ends/Run Game
Phillip Daniels, Defensive Quality Control/Assistant Defensive Line
Ken Flajole, Linebackers
Matthew Harper, Assistant Special Teams
Tim Hauck, Defensive Backs/Safeties
Greg Lewis, Wide Receivers
Justin Peelle, Tight Ends
Duce Staley, Running Backs
Jeff Stoutland, Offensive Line
Press Taylor, Offensive Quality Control/Assistant Quarterbacks
Cory Undlin, Defensive Backs/Cornerbacks
Dino Vasso, Defensive Quality Control/Assistant Secondary
The Eagles have also reportedly hired John DeFilipo as their quarterback coach, but the move was not announced in this round of coaching hires.
The team also needs to hire a defensive line coach.
Here is a bio on each coach, via the team’s official press release:
Jim Schwartz enters his 22nd year in the NFL and his 10th as a defensive coordinator. He most recently served as the defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills during the 2014 season. Schwartz directed a Bills defense that allowed the second-fewest points in the NFL (16.9 points per game), notched a league-high 54 sacks and held opponents to an NFL-best 33.2% third-down conversion rate. As head coach of the Detroit Lions from 2009-13, Schwartz helped lead Detroit to the playoffs in 2011, the team’s first playoff appearance since 1999. Under his direction, DT Ndamukong Suh saw his career take off as he made the Pro Bowl in three of his first four seasons, registering 186 tackles and 27.5 sacks over that span. Prior to joining the Lions, Schwartz spent 10 seasons with the Tennessee Titans, including eight as the defensive coordinator for 2001-08. A native of Baltimore, MD, Schwartz was a four-year letter winner as a linebacker at Georgetown University, where he earned a degree in economics.
Frank Reich joins the Eagles as the team’s offensive coordinator after spending the previous two seasons as the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers. Under the direction of Reich (pronounced RIKE) from 2014-15, the Chargers ranked fifth in the NFL in net passing yards (8,869), fourth in completion percentage (66.2%) and third in completions (822), while QB Philip Rivers led the AFC with a career-high 4,792 passing yards in 2015. Reich began his coaching career as an intern with the Indianapolis Colts in 2006 and went on to spend six seasons in Indianapolis. Reich spent 13 years in the NFL as a quarterback, including nine with the Bills after Buffalo selected him in the third round of the 1985 NFL Draft. He famously quarterbacked the Bills from a 32-point, second-half deficit to defeat the Houston Oilers, 41-38, in overtime in the AFC Wild Card round on January 3, 1993.
Dave Fipp returns as the Eagles special teams coordinator after serving in that role for the last three seasons. Fipp originally joined the Eagles in 2013 and has coached a special teams unit that has accounted for 10 total touchdowns (four punt returns, four blocked punt returns and two kickoff returns) in the last two seasons. In 2014, Fipp’s unit was rated the best in the league by The Dallas Morning News columnist Rick Gosselin in his annual special teams rankings. In 2015, the Eagles ranked fifth in Gosselin’s rankings.
Eugene Chung is in his second stint as a coach with the Eagles. Chung previously served as the Eagles assistant offensive line coach from 2010-12 before joining the Kansas City Chiefs in the same capacity in 2013. A four-year letterman as an offensive lineman at Virginia Tech, Chung enjoyed an eight-year NFL playing career after originally being selected by the New England Patriots in the first round (13th overall) of the 1992 NFL Draft.
Phillip Daniels enters his first season with the Eagles and will serve as the defensive quality control/assistant defensive line coach. Originally a fourth-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in the 1996 NFL Draft, Daniels enjoyed a 14-year NFL career playing defensive end for the Seahawks (1996-99), Chicago Bears (2000-2003) and Washington Redskins (2004-2010). Daniels appeared in 201 games with 167 starts during his pro career and compiled 390 tackles, 62.0 sacks, 15 forced fumbles and 12 fumble recoveries. After his playing career, Daniels served as the Redskins director of player development in 2012.
Ken Flajole joins the Eagles as the team’s linebackers coach and enters his 17th season as a coach in the NFL. Flajole (pronounced FLAY-juhl) entered the NFL in 1998 as a defensive assistant/quality control coach with the Green Bay Packers after spending 21 years coaching in the college ranks. Since then, Flajole has coached for the Seattle Seahawks (1999-2002), Carolina Panthers (2003-08), St. Louis Rams (2009-11), New Orleans Saints (2012) and Cleveland Browns (2013), spending time as a linebackers coach and defensive backs coach, while serving as the Rams defensive coordinator from 2009-11.
Matthew Harper returns as the team’s assistant special teams coach, a position he held from 2013-14 before transitioning to assistant defensive backs coach in 2015. Harper arrived in Philadelphia following four years at the University of Oregon, where he was a coaching intern (2009-11) and graduate assistant (2012). Harper played collegiately at Oregon from 2006-07, where he starred at safety after transferring from City College of San Francisco.
Tim Hauck enters his first season on the Eagles coaching staff. A former NFL safety, Hauck (pronounced HOWK) enjoyed a 13-year playing career that included stops with the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles. In 1999, Hauck started at strong safety for the Eagles alongside Brian Dawkins and finished second on the team with a career-high 122 tackles. Following his playing career, Hauck began coaching at his alma mater, the University of Montana, where he served as the safeties coach from 2004-06 and the secondary coach in 2007. After a one-year stint coaching safeties at UCLA in 2008, Hauck was hired by the Tennessee Titans and served as the club’s assistant secondary coach for two seasons (2009-10). Hauck went on to coach the Cleveland Browns defensive backs in 2012 before returning to the college ranks as the defensive coordinator/cornerbacks coach at UNLV (2013-14).
Greg Lewis rejoins the Eagles as the team’s wide receivers coach after spending the 2015 season as an offensive assistant with the New Orleans Saints and three seasons coaching in the college ranks. Lewis signed as a rookie free agent with Philadelphia in 2003 and played eight seasons in the NFL with the Eagles (2003-08) and Minnesota Vikings (2009-10) and compiled 161 catches for 2,172 yards and nine touchdowns during his career. Lewis began his post-playing career as a coaching intern with the Eagles in the summer of 2012 and went on to coach wide receivers at the University of San Diego (2012), San Jose State (2013) and the University of Pittsburgh (2014).
Justin Peelle enters his fourth season with the Eagles and his second as the team’s tight ends coach. He previously held the title of assistant tight ends coach in Philadelphia from 2013-14. Under Peelle in 2015, Zach Ertz posted the third-highest reception total by an Eagles tight end (75) in team history. Originally a fourth-round draft choice of the San Diego Chargers in 2002, Peelle played in the NFL for 10 seasons, including stints with San Diego (2002-05), Miami (2006-07), Atlanta (2008-10) and San Francisco (2011), amassing 123 receptions for 1,003 yards and 12 touchdowns in 151 games.
Duce Staley returns to the Eagles as the team’s running backs coach. After a productive 10-year playing career with Philadelphia (1997-03) and Pittsburgh (2004-06), Staley rejoined the Eagles as a coaching intern in 2010 and served as a special teams quality control coach from 2011-12 before being elevated to running backs coach in 2013.
Jeff Stoutland originally joined the Eagles as the team’s offensive line coach in 2013 and returns for his fourth season with Philadelphia. Prior to joining the Eagles, Stoutland spent his entire coaching career in the collegiate ranks and has held posts with Alabama (2011-12), Miami (2007-10), Michigan State (2000-06) and Syracuse (1997-99), among others.
Press Taylor enters his fourth season with the Eagles after joining the team as an offensive quality control coach during the 2013 offseason. Prior to arriving in Philadelphia, Taylor spent two seasons as a graduate assistant/quarterbacks coach with the University of Tulsa (2011-12). His brother, Zac, is currently the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at the University of Cincinnati.
Cory Undlin enters his second season with the Eagles. Prior to joining the Eagles, Undlin spent three seasons with the Denver Broncos (2012-14), with the latter two as the team’s defensive backs coach. The 2014 Denver defense finished the regular season ranked third in overall defense and saw three members of the secondary earn Pro Bowl accolades in CB Chris Harris Jr., CB Aqib Talib and S T.J. Ward. The trio of Pro Bowlers, along with starting S Rahim Moore, combined for 13 interceptions on the year. Undlin previously held NFL coaching stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2009-11), Cleveland Browns (2005-08) and New England Patriots (2004).
Dino Vasso joins the Eagles as the team’s defensive quality control coach after spending the previous three seasons as a coaching assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs (2013-15), with an emphasis on the aiding the team’s secondary alongside defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas and defensive assistant/secondary coach Al Harris. Vasso joined the Chiefs after one season as a graduate assistant at the University of Missouri. He was a four-year letterman and started 51 consecutive games at the University of New Hampshire from 2006-10, and is a native of Crum Lynne, PA.