Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The Eagles hire Lynn to coach DBs
By Matt Mosley
The Philadelphia Eagles have finalized their coaching staff, and the moves announced today didn't provide quite as much drama as naming an offensive line coach the defensive coordinator. Coach Andy Reid has hired Johnnie Lynn as his secondary/cornerbacks coach. Lynn, who once served as defensive coordinator for the Giants, had been the secondary coach for the 49ers the past five seasons. He left the team for personal reasons in 2010.
Reid also handed out a flurry of promotions on offense. David Culley now adds the "senior offensive assistant" title to coaching the wide receivers. James Urban moves from quarterbacks coach to assistant offensive coordinator. The Eagles have said that's a promotion, but it's an interesting one since Reid and Marty Mornhinweg seem to hog the offensive game plan a lot of the time. There's a thought that Mornhinweg will eventually land another head-coaching gig, but the Eagles might have to mix in a playoff win for that to happen.
Doug Pederson, a former NFL quarterback, will replace Urban. And former Eagles running back Duce Staley has turned his internship into a full-time role now that he's the special teams quality control coach. LeSean McCoy has told me on several occasions that Staley has helped him immensely.
Oh, and make room for young Bobby April, Jr., a defensive quality control coach. Bud Adams would certainly not approve of that move, what with his anti-nepotism stance regarding folks not named Adams.
I'm sure Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was pleased to see April Sr. taking care of his family. Garrett named his older brother John passing-game coordinator this season to go along with his tight ends assignment. The Cowboys are in the process of identifying several more job titles for the elder Garrett brother.