It remains to be seen if the Eagles will get those additional weapons Donovan McNabb requested in his blog earlier this month, but the team sure did load up on coaches today.
In addition to filling the vacancy left when John Harbaugh was hired as head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, the Eagles added three new coaches to the staff.
Sean McDermott, after spending one season as the linebackers coach, returned to the role of secondary coach, which was Harbaugh’s job last season. Bill Shuey, after five seasons in the role of a quality control coach, will take over as the linebackers coach.
It’s not very surprising that Andy Reid fills the vacant secondary coach, and then linebackers coach from within. Then he brings in Whipple as an insurance policy in case Pat Shurmur or Marty Mornhinweg get a coaching job some where else. Then to replace the quality control coaches Reid brings in two former players of his who he feels will be good positional coaches in the future.
I trust Reid’s judgment when it comes to coaches, because of his track record with them. Many Eagles coaches have gone on to get bigger jobs around the league. Brad Childress became the Vikings head coach, Ron Rivera became the Bears defensive coordinator, John Harbaugh got the Ravens head coaching position, and Steve Spagnuolo became the Giants defensive coordinator.
Tags: Andy Reid Bill Shuey Brad Childress Donovan McNabb John Harbaugh Mark Whipple Marty Mornhinweg Mike Caldwell Otis Smith Pat Shurmur Philadelphia Eagles Pittsburgh Steelers Ron Rivera Sean McDermott Steve Spagnuolo