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Matthew Harper
Assistant Defensive Backs Coach

Biography

After originally joining the Eagles as the team’s assistant special teams coach during the 2013 offseason, Matthew Harper was named the team’s assistant defensive backs coach following the 2014 season. Harper previously worked under Chip Kelly as an intern and graduate assistant at the University of Oregon from 2009-12.

Under the direction of Harper and special teams coordinator Dave Fipp, the Eagles special teams unit was instrumental to the team’s success in 2014, accounting for a franchise-best and NFL-leading seven touchdowns (three blocked punt returns, two kickoff returns and two punt returns) and a league-best six blocked kicks. The Eagles special teams unit was rated as the best in the league by Dallas Morning News columnist Rick Gosselin in his annual special teams rankings.

In 2014, punt returner Darren Sproles earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his career after leading the NFL in punt return average (13.0), punt return yards (506 - 101 yards ahead of the next closest returner) and punt returns for touchdowns (two). Acquired from the Colts late in training camp, rookie K Cody Parkey turned in one of the best kicking seasons in Eagles history en route to Pro Bowl honors. Parkey (150 points) broke Kevin Butler’s NFL rookie record and the Eagles franchise record for points scored in a single season while finishing second in the league in scoring. LS Jon Dorenbos also garnered Pro Bowl honors for the second time in his career.

Additionally, with two 100+ yard kickoff returns for touchdowns by RB Chris Polk and WR Josh Huff, the Eagles became the first team since the 1970 Green Bay Packers to have two 100+ yard kickoff returns by different returners in a season.

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After originally joining the Eagles as the team’s assistant special teams coach during the 2013 offseason, Matthew Harper was named the team’s assistant defensive backs coach following the 2014 season. Harper previously worked under Chip Kelly as an intern and graduate assistant at the University of Oregon from 2009-12.

Under the direction of Harper and special teams coordinator Dave Fipp, the Eagles special teams unit was instrumental to the team’s success in 2014, accounting for a franchise-best and NFL-leading seven touchdowns (three blocked punt returns, two kickoff returns and two punt returns) and a league-best six blocked kicks. The Eagles special teams unit was rated as the best in the league by Dallas Morning News columnist Rick Gosselin in his annual special teams rankings.

In 2014, punt returner Darren Sproles earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his career after leading the NFL in punt return average (13.0), punt return yards (506 - 101 yards ahead of the next closest returner) and punt returns for touchdowns (two). Acquired from the Colts late in training camp, rookie K Cody Parkey turned in one of the best kicking seasons in Eagles history en route to Pro Bowl honors. Parkey (150 points) broke Kevin Butler’s NFL rookie record and the Eagles franchise record for points scored in a single season while finishing second in the league in scoring. LS Jon Dorenbos also garnered Pro Bowl honors for the second time in his career.

Additionally, with two 100+ yard kickoff returns for touchdowns by RB Chris Polk and WR Josh Huff, the Eagles became the first team since the 1970 Green Bay Packers to have two 100+ yard kickoff returns by different returners in a season.

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