It looks like Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has wasted little time in putting together his new coaching staff, as he has added the final member of the crew with just a week passed in the 2013 NFL off-season.
The final piece of the puzzle was former Miami Dolphins special teams assistant Dave Fipp who has been brought aboard to head the Eagles’ special teams unit. Fipp was also an assistant for the San Francisco 49ers from 2008-2010, so this will be his first gig as a special teams coordinator in the NFL.
Just a few weeks ago the Eagles chose Pat Shurmur as their offensive coordinator after he was very recently fired as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns at the end of the 2012 regular season.
I have been very critical about the acquisition of Shumur because I don’t think that it was the best move for Kelly due to Shurmur’s recent failures in the NFL coaching arena.
Shurmur has a reputation around the league for guiding elite caliber quarterbacks because of his long-term success as the quarterbacks coach of QB Donovan McNabb in the coach’s first stint with the Eagles. But ever since his glory days with McNabb, the quarterbacks that Shurmur has lead (Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy and Brandon Weeden) have yet to do anything relevant in the NFL.
Just this week the Eagles named former Browns linebackers coach Bill Davis as their new defensive coordinator, who will be following in the footsteps of Juan Castillo who was a massive bust as d-coordinator of the Eagles in 2011 and the beginning of 2012.
There is no doubt that Davis is highly unproven as an NFL coach, but Kelly and the Eagles saw something in his past ventures that made them trust him with the defense.
With the Eagles’ coaching staff now fully intact, we will have to just wait and see how well the Birds’ players and coaches can succeed as a whole when the 2013 season kicks off.
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