Jan 22, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT
While we await the Eagles’ formal introduction of Chip
Kelly’s new coaching staff, in particular the naming of a defensive
coordinator, many of the assistants who served Philadelphia under Andy Reid are
already finding work. Marty Mornhinweg, Todd Bowles, and Bobby April have all
managed to land on their feet since the band broke up.
In fact, Juan Castillo will even be on the sidelines for the
Baltimore Ravens at Super Bowl XLVII less than two weeks from today.
John Harbaugh, a colleague of Castillo’s for many years with
the Eagles, hired the former offensive line coach to be a consultant leading up
to the big game, and he will join the staff in a full-time capacity as the club’s
running game coordinator once the season ends. We’re not exactly sure what a
running game coordinator is, but Castillo turned down other offers – including Reid
– to take the job in Baltimore.
It’s good to see Castillo wind up with a gig, and spurn Andy
in the process, after the impossible situation he was put in during his last
two years with the Birds. While he’s taken a step or two down the ladder in the
process, he still appears to be a better situation than several of the other
Bowles landed quite possibly the cushiest job of the bunch
having been named defensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals, the
12th-ranked unit in the NFL this season. Apparently running Philly’s defense
into the ground after taking over at coordinator for Castillo after six games
didn’t hurt his stock too much – although to be fair to Bowles, something was
obviously amiss behind the scenes.
Marty was named offensive coordinator of the New York Jets,
where he’ll have his work cut out for him. Assuming the organization doesn’t
move on from Mark Sanchez, who has guarantees built into his contract,
Mornhinweg is tasked with restoring a quarterback that has a career 71.6 passer
rating over four seasons. There are also rumors it’s a potential destination
for Michael Vick, so good luck with all of that.
Hailed as a special teams guru upon his arrival, the Eagles’
third unit never looked very strong under April at any point during his
three-year tenure. Now he packs up his act and heads to the Oakland Raiders, a
team whose two best players are often special teamers – the punter and place
Lucky for Wash, the Detroit Lions still want to utilize the
wide-9, and his son happens to be on the staff there. Nothing beats a little
nepotism! Word is the disgraced defensive line coach will join the team as an
assistant, though he is not there to replace anybody on the current staff, so
he should at least have a vast reduction of power.
The long-time offensive line coach has presumably gone back
into retirement after Reid lured him away two years ago, so we’ve probably seen
the last of him.
After playing under Reid in Green Bay and Philly, Pederson
joined the Eagles’ staff in 2009, spending the past couple seasons as
quarterbacks coach. He followed Andy to Kansas City, where he becomes the
offensive coordinator. That’s a big step up for Pederson, although Reid will
reportedly call the plays for the Chiefs.
As you can see, the Eagles mostly allowed their coaches to
depart whether they were under contract or not, but there was one notable
exception. Reid wanted to take coaching intern and former Bird Staley to KC,
but the front office blocked the move, and now Duce is expected to stay on as
running backs coach. They must really like something they see, enough to
replace Ted Williams, who had been the running backs coach since ’97. Williams will switch to tight ends coach to accommodate (h/t KonfusedKendrick).
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