Philadelphia Eagles: Grades for every assistant coaching change in 2020

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Three more Philadelphia Eagles assistants… Not much of a difference in terms of grades.

Marquand Manuel – Defensive Backs Coach

Marquand Manuel came to the ‘Birds’ by way of the Atlanta Falcons. He was their defensive coordinator. Typically, when a man fails at one job, it seems like a bad business practice to immediately hire him at another company and ask him to do a job that the new company needs to find immediate success in.

Manuel was asked to improve the Eagles’ defensive backs and man for man, it feels like his guys are all regressing. Grade: D

T.J. Paganetti – Assistant Run Game Coordinator/Assistant Running Backs Coach

Paganetti was already the Eagles assistant running backs coach before becoming their assistant running game coordinator under the defensive line coach of all people. Philly’s run game is atrocious, but it’s hard to determine whether or not that’s the fault of the play-caller, a lack of opportunities, or a lack of talent.

Seeing as how Paganetti has been with this team for six seasons and has been a huge part of the Eagles running game since 2017, the theory is he knows how to do the job. It’s hard to argue that his inability to do his job appropriately is because of a lot of things that are out of his control. Grade: C-

Dino Vasso – Assistant Coordinator/Defense

2020 marks Vasso’s eighth season as a member of the Eagles’ coaching staff. He was an assistant secondary coach from 2016 to 2019. He’s now, in essence, Jim Schwartz’s right-hand man. He’s loved by this organization but based on the play of the secondary and the defense, no one is getting any butterflies any time his name or Schwartz’s name is mentioned. Grade: D