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How Will Chip Kelly’s 2013 Coaching Staff Look for the Philadelphia Eagles?

January 24th, 2013 at 10:27 PM
By Terry Bradford

It has only been a little over a week since the Philadelphia Eagles have hired Chip Kelly to be the next head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, yet many fans have been worried that little has been getting done behind the scenes because a coaching staff has not been announced at this time. However, just like with the head coaching position, the team has been working on getting a coaching staff despite not much information being leaked out to the public. 

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As Eagles writer Jordan Raanan has reported, nothing is official yet, but many of the positions are in essence locked up for Kelly's 2013 coaching staff. Defensive coordinator is one position still not known, but perhaps that is because the Eagles are looking at a coach involved with one of the Super Bowl teams. Some have mentioned that could be San Francisco defensive backs coach Ed Donatell. As mentioned in Raanan's article on Thursday afternoon, here is the expected Eagles coaching staff going forward:

Offensive Coordinator–Pat Shurmur

Schurmur was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, but he was also the tight end and quarterbacks coach of the Eagles from 1999-2008 because taking an offensive coordinator position with the St. Louis Rams. Kelly is expected to call the plays and run his style offense, but Shurmur would still have a say in the offense from week to week.

Defensive Coordinator–Ed Donatell

If Donatell is truly who the Eagles are looking for, the team would not be able to hire him until the Super Bowl is over since the 49ers are involved. Donatell was a defensive coordinator with the Green Bay Packers for four seasons and Atlanta Falcons for three seasons. 

Special Teams Coordinator–Dave Fipp

Fipp was the assistant special teams coach for the San Francisco 49ers for three seasons and the Miami Dolphins for two seasons. In Miami, the special teams unit was among the best in the league each season. 

Defensive Line coach–Jerry Azzinaro

Azzinaro has a long college coaching history, and this will be his first time coaching in the NFL. He follows Kelly from Oregon, after being the defensive line coach there from 2009 to 2012. 

Arguably, those are the most important coaching positions moving forward for the Eagles, but check out Raanan's article for the rest of the coaching staff including the wide receivers coach, linebackers coach, and defensive assistants.


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