Change comes every day in the NFL, on the field and off. And at this time of the year, a head coach needs to be able to look ahead. Andy Reid has done that since he arrived in Philadelphia, so when there are times like this, times when members of his staff move on, he must be prepared.
In the wake of Pat Shurmur's move to St. Louis to become the offensive coordinator, Mark Whipple's move to the University of Miami to become the offensive coordinator there, and the decision of excellent defensive line coach Pete Jenkins to retire from the NFL, the Eagles have announced a handful of changes to their staff. Reid has spent some of his last couple of weeks interviewing outside prospects, considering internal coaches for promotion and continuing the evaluation of his football team. The coaching changes, then, are as follows:
- Pete Jenkins, the defensive line coach the last three seasons, has retired after 37 years of coaching, 34 in the collegiate ranks and three with the Eagles. Special teams coordinator Rory Segrest, who helped Jenkins with the defensive line in that time, is now the defensive line coach on a full-time basis. Said Reid of Jenkins: "Pete had three phenomenal years here. He had big shoes to fill after Tommy Brasher retired, and Pete came in and did a heck of a job with our defensive line. He is leaving here with a better defensive line than was here when he arrived and that is always a tribute to the coach."
Said Reid of Segrest: "Rory did a nice job with special teams, but his first love is the defensive line. When he came here, he was also the assistant defensive line coach, so he continued to work with the defensive line even when he was the special teams coordinator. This allows him to step in and work with the players, who have a familiar face and familiar techniques and schemes to work with."
- James Urban, an offensive assistant/quality control coach the last two seasons, becomes the team's quarterbacks coach, replacing Shurmur. Said Reid of Urban: "James is a good, young coach. He demonstrated that as a quality control coach. He is very efficient and we felt he had put himself in a position, having worked with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, to be elevated to that spot."
- Ted Daisher, the assistant special teams coach under John Harbaugh in 2004-2005 and then the special teams coordinator in Oakland and Cleveland since, has returned to assume the role of special teams coordinator here. "Ted broke into the league with us, so I have had the chance to see him coach," said Reid. "Then he moved on and had success in Oakland and for the last couple of years in Cleveland. I had the chance to interview a few guys, and Ted did a great job. Ted became the obvious choice to fill this role."
- Former NFL quarterback Doug Pederson, Reid's starting quarterback in 1999 who introduced the rest of the offense to the West Coast scheme, joins the team as an offensive assistant/quality control coach. Pederson began his NFL career in 1991 with Miami, and then bounced around and played with Green Bay, Philadelphia and Cleveland before finishing his NFL career with the Packers in 2004. Since then, Pederson has been a highly-successful coach at the high school level.
"He has a great ability to share ideas with people," said Reid. "I thought Doug did a tremendous job working with Donovan McNabb when Donovan was a rookie learning the system. Doug helped explain the offense to him from a player's standpoint. Doug started up a high school program in Louisiana and did an outstanding job there. He has a nice feel for coaching."
- Wide receivers coach David Culley's role in the offensive game-planning and implementation of the passing game will increase.
"David's role in the offense will increase with Pat moving on," said Reid.
Reid and his staff, minus defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, who is receiving treatment for melanoma, spend the next 10 days in Hawaii coaching the NFC squad for the 2009 Pro Bowl, having completed the task of rounding out the coaching picture.
"That's part of being a head coach. You have to make sure that you have people lined up on your staff in case you have coaches who get the opportunity to move on," said Reid. "We've been fortunate enough when we lose good people, to replace them with good people."