Philadelphia Eagles: Grades for Doug Pederson and his position coaches
Duce Staley, assistant head coach and running backs coach
Sometimes, it’s difficult to annunciate what Duce Staley actually does, but we all know he’s the running backs coach, and they have been much of this team’s saving grace for a while.
Plus he’s never experienced any issues with getting his guys’ attention. Grade: B+
Dave Fipp, special teams coordinator
Much of special teams coordinator Dave Fipp’s resume was made on splash plays like punt returns for touchdowns and blocked punts that were turned into touchdowns. It really helped that some of those were against, of all teams, the New England Patriots. Dave Fipp turned the Eagles’ special teams into a weapon.
It’s hard to duplicate those efforts every week though, and this isn’t a synopsis of what Fipp has done throughout his career. It’s a synopsis of the 2019 season, and though there was a kick return that sparked Philly’s offense at Lambeau Field and a Malcolm Jenkins blocked field goal in Week 3, there were also missed extra points by Jake Elliott and a very costly kick return for a touchdown by the Detroit Lions‘ Jamal Agnew.
Philly’s special teams have gone from ‘special’ to average. Grade: B-