A 15-season NFL veteran, Phillip Daniels joined the Eagles coaching staff during the 2016 offseason as the team's defensive quality control/assistant defensive line coach. Daniels most recently served as the director of player development for the Washington Redskins in 2012.
In 2017, Daniels and defensive line coach Chris Wilson worked with a group that featured four players with 5-plus sacks, marking the first time since 2002 that four individual Eagles defensive linemen recorded 5-plus sacks in a single season. DE Brandon Graham led the team with a career-high 9.5 sacks, followed by Pro Bowl DT Fletcher Cox (5.5), DE Chris Long (5.0) and rookie DE Derek Barnett (5.0). Barnett's 5.0 sacks were tied for fifth in the NFL among all rookies and Long tied for second in the league with four strip-sacks.
Originally a fourth-round selection by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1996 NFL Draft, Daniels played four seasons with the Seahawks (1996-99), four seasons with the Chicago Bears (2000-03) and seven seasons with the Redskins (2004-10). In 201 career games (167 starts), Daniels totaled 512 tackles (390 solo), 62 sacks, one interception, 51 passes defensed, 15 forced fumbles and 12 fumble recoveries.
A native of Donalsonville, GA, Daniels played college football at the University of Georgia from 1992-95 and finished his college career with 244 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. He started at three different positions for the Bulldogs, including defensive end, defensive tackle and linebacker, while serving as a team captain as a senior.
Daniels and his wife, Leslie, have four children: DaVaris, DaKendrick, Damara and DaKiya. DaVaris played wide receiver at Notre Dame from 2011-14, spent time with the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots prior to the 2015 NFL season and was voted the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie in 2016 while playing for the Calgary Stampeders.