It has been less than a month since Nick Sirianni accepted the head coaching job for the Philadelphia Eagles. In that time, the team parted ways with assistant head coach Duce Staley, passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Press Taylor, and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, among many others.
Sirianni, however, has filled in those gaps and more, with experienced resumes and even some with an Eagles’ history.
OFFENSIVE COACHING STAFF
Jemal Singleton: Assistant head coach/Running backs coach
Taking Duce Staley’s position, Singleton has 20 years of coaching experience, including five in the NFL. After coaching for the Colts, Raiders, and Bengals, he took a position with the University of Kentucky earlier this year before committing to Philadelphia.
Shane Steichen: Offensive coordinator
Steichen comes to Philly after spending the last seven seasons with the Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers. He worked alongside Sirianni from 2014-2017.
2020 was his first full season as the offensive coordinator after transitioning from quarterbacks coach. The Chargers’ ranked ninth in total offense and sixth in passing offense.
Brian Johnson: Quarterbacks coach
Johnson joins the team with no NFL experience; however, he was quarterbacks coach at Mississippi State assisting Dak Prescott. He left the University of Florida, replacing Press Taylor, who was not retained from Pederson’s staff.
Aaron Moorehead: Wide receivers coach
Some stability may also do some good for Jalen Reagor, who was supposed to have a promising rookie season but fell short.
Jason Michael: Tight ends coach
Another coach from Sirianni’s past, Jason Michael, joins the Eagles after spending the last two seasons with the Colts as their tight ends coach.
As new rumors escalate regarding a trade package including Zach Ertz (and Carson Wentz), Michael may not know who he is coaching. Richard Rodgers is also an unrestricted free agent.
Jeff Stoutland: Run game coordinator/Offensive line coach
Stoutland has coached in the NFL for nine years, and all nine of them have been with Philadelphia. He was initially hired under Chip Kelly in 2013. At least one Eagles offensive lineman has made the Pro Bowl in Stoutland’s seasons as coach.
— Lane Johnson (@LaneJohnson65) January 24, 2021
Kevin Patullo: Pass game coordinator
Adding another coach from the Colts to the list, Patullo has both collegiate and NFL experience. The Colts allowed the second-fewest sacks and the third-fewest giveaways in 2020, and we all know the Eagles need help in that department.
DEFENSIVE COACHING STAFF
Jonathan Gannon: Defensive coordinator
Taking the place of Jim Schwartz, Jonathan Gannon will now have the opportunity to restore the Eagles defense to pre-2020. Gannon was the defensive backs coach for the Colts and has worked with Sirianni over the last three seasons.
Gannon is familiar with a 4-3 defense, so the Eagles should expect to maintain this system.
Tracy Rocker: Defensive line coach
Rocker has 30 years of coaching experience. Considered one of the all-time best college defensive linemen, he is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. He has coached 15 draft picks, including five first-round selections.
Rocker has worked with Jonathan Gannon in the past for the Titans.
Nick Rallis: Linebackers coach
Rallis is another coach who has a connection with Jonathan Gannon. Both worked with the Vikings under head coach Mike Zimmer. As an entry-level quality control coach, he will now replace Ken Flajole, Pederson’s linebackers coach for the last five years.
Dennard Wilson: Defensive backs coach
Former Jets’ defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson will now join the Eagles, taking over for Marquand Manuel. Wilson has been in the NFL since 2012.
He will reunite with Rodney McLeod after training him at DeMatha Catholic, followed by the Rams.
Jay Vital: Assistant defensive backs coach (…no longer)
New to the NFL, Vital began his career with the Kansas City Chiefs under Andy Reid. He’s held several jobs over the last few years.
— Kristen Rodgers (@KristenERodgers) February 12, 2021
As of Friday, he left the Eagles after being with the team for 11 days. He will now coach at Alabama. It is unclear at this point whether the Eagles will replace him.
Joe Kasper: Defensive quality control coach
Kasper lacks an array of NFL coaching experience. He entered the NFL in a front-office role and eventually got into coaching, first for the Browns. In Cleveland, he overlapped with the Eagles’ newest offensive coordinator Shane Steichen.
SPECIAL TEAMS COACHING STAFF
Michael Clay: Special teams coordinator
Clay has a history with the Eagles. In 2014, he was defensive quality control coach and transitioned to assistant special teams coach in 2015. Under Clay’s assistance, Darren Sproles earned his second Pro Bowl nomination after recording the most punt return yards and tying for the most punt return touchdowns.
He returns to Philadelphia again after spending the last five years with the 49ers as assistant special teams coach.
Tyler Brown: Special teams quality control coach
Brown returns to his roots. A native of Marlton, NJ, Brown was a consultant for Temple Football and was a special teams analyst/“kicking specialist” for the University of Michigan for the last five years. Given Jake Elliott’s most recent season, some kicking tips may be helpful.