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Eagles announce Nick Sirianni's first coaching staff

The Eagles announced on Thursday the roster of assistant coaches on Nick Sirianni's staff. In all, there are 23 assistants who bring an assortment of experience from both the NFL and the college ranks. Eight members of Sirianni's staff have previous experience with the Eagles.

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Michael Clay, Special Teams Coordinator

NFL Experience: 7

Years with Eagles: 3

• Clay returns to Philadelphia after five years with the San Francisco 49ers, four of them as the assistant special teams coach. Clay previously served as the Eagles' assistant special teams coach in 2015 and defensive quality control coach (2014).

• Last season, 49ers punter Mitch Wishnowsky was ninth in the NFL in punts inside the 20-yard line and finished in the top 12 in both net and gross punting averages. Kicker Robbie Gould earned NFL Special Teams Player of the Week honors in Week 12.

• In Philadelphia, Darren Sproles earned his second Pro Bowl nomination in 2015 after recording the most punt return yards and tying for the most punt return touchdowns with Clay's assistance.

• Clay was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection as a linebacker at the University of Oregon after registering 101 tackles, three sacks, and a forced fumble. He signed with the Miami Dolphins as a rookie free agent in 2013.

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Jonathan Gannon, Defensive Coordinator

NFL Experience: 14

Years with Eagles: 1

• Gannon arrives in Philadelphia after spending the past three seasons as the defensive backs/cornerbacks coach for the Indianapolis Colts. Working with Sirianni in Indianapolis, the Colts ranked sixth in interceptions, ninth in scoring defense, and 10th in total defensive and red zone defense.

• Last season, the Colts produced 25 takeaways, good for fifth in the NFL, and 15 interceptions.

• Prior to his stint with the Colts, Gannon was the assistant defensive backs/quality control coach for the Minnesota Vikings from 2014-17. The Vikings ranked second in the league in red zone defense, and third in scoring defense, total defense, passing defense, and third-down defense over those four years. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes and safety Harrison Smith combined to earn five Pro Bowl honors during that span.

• In addition to his coaching experience, Gannon worked in the personnel department of the St. Louis Rams for three years.

• Gannon started his college career at his alma mater, Louisville, where he played defensive back before suffering a career-ending hip injury.

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Shane Steichen, Offensive Coordinator

NFL Experience: 11

Years with Eagles: 1

• Steichen comes to Philadelphia after spending the previous seven years with the Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers, where he worked alongside Sirianni.

• In 2020, Steichen's first full season as the Chargers' offensive coordinator, Los Angeles ranked ninth in total offense, sixth in passing offense, and fourth in giveaways while working with rookie Justin Herbert, the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year. Herbert set the NFL rookie records in completions and passing touchdowns, and his 4,336 passing yards were the second most.

• From 2016-19, Steichen served as the Chargers' quarterbacks coach as Philip Rivers earned three consecutive Pro Bowl honors. Rivers ranked second in passing yards, and fourth in completions and passing touchdowns. In 2017, the Chargers led the league in passing offense.

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Jemal Singleton, Running Backs/Assistant Head Coach

NFL Experience: 6

Years with Eagles: 1

• With 20 years of coaching experience in the professional and college ranks, Singleton spent the past two seasons as the Bengals' running backs coach. The Bengals averaged 130.1 rushing yards per game over the second half of the 2019 season.

• Also coached NFL running backs in Oakland and Indianapolis. In Oakland, Jalen Richard caught a career-high 68 receptions, the fourth most by a running back in team history. With the Colts, Frank Gore became just the fourth running back in NFL history to surpass 1,000 yards at age 33 or older.

• With Oklahoma State in 2014, the Cowboys' combined for over 500 touches without a single turnover.

• As a player, Singleton is one of just six players in Air Force's history to be elected a two-time captain. He helped the Falcons win 10 games in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history.

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Kevin Patullo, Passing Game Coordinator

NFL Experience: 12

Years with Eagles: 1

• The Hillsborough, New Jersey native brings a blend of both NFL and college experience, most recently serving as the Indianapolis Colts' pass game specialist in 2020 and their wide receivers coach in the two seasons before that.

• The Colts allowed the second-fewest sacks and the third-fewest giveaways in 2020, while ranking ninth in passing yards per attempt and 11th in passing offense.

• In 2017, Patullo was the senior offensive analyst at Texas A&M, where he worked on gameplanning and offensive strategy. He coached wide receiver Christian Kirk, an All-SEC selection who was a second-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals.

• As the quarterbacks coach of the New York Jets in 2015, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for a career-high 3,905 yards and a franchise-record 31 touchdown passes.

Jeff Stoutland, Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line

NFL Experience: 9

Years with Eagles: 9

• Stoutland returns to Philadelphia for his ninth season with the Eagles organization and fourth as run game coordinator/offensive line coach.

• At least one Eagles offensive lineman has made the Pro Bowl in each of Stoutland's first eight seasons with the team.

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Brian Johnson, Quarterbacks

NFL Experience: 1

Years with Eagles: 1

• Johnson arrives in Philadelphia after three years with the Florida Gators, with two years as the quarterbacks coach before adding offensive coordinator duties in 2020. One of the most explosive offensive attacks in college football last season, the Gators ranked seventh in yards and eighth in scoring in 2020 among teams that played at least 10 games.

• In 2020, Kyle Trask led all FBS quarterbacks with 43 touchdown passes and was second in completions and yards on his way to becoming a Heisman Trophy finalist. Kyle Pitts paced all FBS tight ends in receiving yards and tied for first with 12 receiving touchdowns, earning All-America honors.

• As the quarterbacks coach at Mississippi State from 2014-16, Dak Prescott earned first-team All-SEC honors twice and broke 38 school records.

• Johnson began his coaching career at his alma mater, Utah, in 2010. In 2012, Johnson was promoted to offensive coordinator, the youngest in the nation at just 24 years old.

• Johnson's college career was so prolific he graced the cover of the 2010 NCAA Football video game. He finished his Utes career with the most wins (26) in school history, including a perfect 13-0 record in 2008.

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Jason Michael, Tight Ends

NFL Experience: 16

Years with Eagles: 1

• Michael comes to Philadelphia with extensive NFL experience, including a two-year stint as offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans.

• Over the past two seasons, Michael served as the tight ends coach for the Indianapolis Colts, working with Sirianni. The Colts' tight ends ranked fifth in the AFC in receptions and receiving yards over the past two seasons.

• In Tennessee, Michael worked extensively with quarterback Marcus Mariota, who ranked first in the NFL in red zone passer rating, throwing 33 touchdowns and no interceptions from 2015-16.

• Michael began his college career at Army before transferring to Western Kentucky, where he was a two-time captain. As a senior, he guided the Hilltoppers to the NCAA I-AA title.

Aaron Moorehead, Wide Receivers

NFL Experience: 2

Years with Eagles: 2

• Moorehead kicks off his second year with the Eagles. Former rookie free agent Greg Ward led the team in receptions and receiving touchdowns in Moorehead's first season, while Travis Fulgham, a Training Camp addition, paced the team in receiving yards.

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Nick Rallis, Linebackers

NFL Experience: 4

Years with Eagles: 1

• Rallis comes to Philadelphia after three seasons as the Vikings' defensive quality control/assistant linebackers coach. In 2020, Eric Wilson and Eric Kendricks formed the only linebacker duo in the NFL to each post more than 100 tackles and three interceptions. Kendricks was a first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection in 2019.

• A native of Edina, Minnesota, Rallis played linebacker at the University of Minnesota. He played in 26 games (three starts) and recorded five tackles and a sack in the final game of his career, a win in the Holiday Bowl.

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Tracy Rocker, Defensive Line

NFL Experience: 4

Years with Eagles: 1

• One of the greatest defensive linemen in college football history and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Rocker is a 30-year coaching veteran. He has tutored 15 draft picks, including five first-round selections, and won a National Championship with Auburn in 2010.

• Some of the prospects Rocker has coached in his illustrious career include Nick Fairley, Dee Ford, Peria Jerry, Jamaal Anderson, DeMarcus Ware, and Osi Umenyiora.

• As a defensive line coach with the Tennessee Titans from 2011-13, the Titans ranked 10th in sacks in the 2012 campaign.

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Dennard Wilson, Defensive Backs

NFL Experience: 14

Years with Eagles: 1

• Wilson enters his 14th NFL season, having previously coached the past four seasons with the New York Jets as the defensive backs coach. He added passing game coordinator duties as well in 2019. Jamal Adams earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors following the 2018 and '19 seasons after ranking first in sacks and tackles for loss among all NFL defensive backs during that span.

• Wilson also coached for the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams for five seasons. He spent four years as a pro scout for the Chicago Bears.

• Wilson was a three-year starter and team captain at the University of Maryland as a defensive back. He was signed by Washington as a rookie free agent and spent time on its practice squad.

Get an up-close look at new Eagles Head Coach, Nick Sirianni.

Jeremiah Washburn, Director of Player Personnel/Senior Defensive Assistant

NFL Experience: 20

Years with Eagles: 3

• In his third season with the Eagles, Washburn previously served as the team's advanced projects coordinator in 2019 before transitioning to his current role last season. In his NFL career, Washburn has worked in both personnel and coaching, including extensive stints as an offensive line coach.

Roy Istvan, Assistant Offensive Line

NFL Experience: 3

Years with Eagles: 3

• Istvan originally joined the Eagles' staff in 2019. In his first year, three starters along the offensive line earned Pro Bowl honors for just the fourth time in team history.

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D.K. McDonald, Assistant Defensive Backs Coach

NFL Experience: 1

Years with Eagles: 1

• Joins the Eagles have 18 years in the college ranks, including the last five at Iowa State as the cornerbacks coach (2016-18) and safeties coach (2019-20).

• Iowa State finished the 2020 season as the No. 9 team in the nation, the school's highest final ranking ever.

• McDonald coached with Sirianni at Indiana University of Pennsylvania as the secondary coach/recruiting coordinator from 2006-10.

Joe Pannunzio, Assistant Special Teams Coordinator

NFL Experience: 5

Years with Eagles: 5

• Pannunzio returned to the Eagles in 2019 as the team's director of team development. Prior to that, he was the Eagles' director of personnel operations from 2015-16.

• Pannunzio has extensive experience coaching in the college ranks. He was the head coach at Murray State from 2000-05. Before rejoining the Eagles, he served as Alabama's special teams coordinator/tight ends coach (2017) and running backs coach (2018).

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Tyler Brown, Special Teams Quality Control

NFL Experience: 1

Years with Eagles: 1

• The Marlton, New Jersey native was a special teams analyst and graduate assistant at the University of Michigan for five years before joining the Eagles' staff. He was also a special teams consultant at Temple University under Matt Rhule.

• If the Brown name sounds familiar, his father, Randy, has been a kicking consultant for over 30 years and is currently a special teams coach with the Baltimore Ravens. Randy Brown worked with the Eagles during the Super Bowl XXXIX campaign.

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Joe Kasper, Defensive Quality Control

NFL Experience: 3

Years with Eagles: 1

• Kasper spent the previous three seasons at Duke working on both sides of the ball. In 2019, the Blue Devils' defense ranked third in the ACC and 24th in the country in pass defense.

• A Mentor, Ohio native, Kasper was a player personnel and development assistant with the Cleveland Browns from 2013-14.

T.J. Paganetti, Offensive Quality Control

NFL Experience: 7

Years with Eagles: 7

• Paganetti has worked with several facets of the offense in his first six years with the organization, most recently as the assistant run game coordinator/assistant running backs coach in 2020.

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Alex Tanney, Offensive Quality Control

NFL Experience: 1

Years with Eagles: 1

• Tanney knows the NFC East well from his nine-year career as an NFL quarterback, spending time with the Dallas Cowboys in 2013 and the past three years with the New York Giants. Tanney worked with Sirianni in 2012 in Kansas City and Steichen in Cleveland the following year.

• At Monmouth College in Illinois, Tanney established NCAA Division III passing records for yards and touchdowns. He was a three-time Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

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Tyler Scudder, Coaches Assistant

NFL Experience: 1

Years with Eagles: 1

• Scudder served as the senior defensive quality control coach for Iowa State for the past three seasons. The Cyclones ranked in the top three of the Big 12 in scoring defense in each of those seasons. Iowa State reached bowl games in all three of Scudder's years as well.

Ted Rath, Vice President of Player Performance

NFL Experience: 13

Years with Eagles: 2

• Rath was hired by the Eagles as the team's director of sports performance in 2020 and promoted to vice president of player performance in 2021. As the head strength and conditioning coach for the Los Angeles Rams in 2017, Rath was named the Strength Coach of the Year by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.

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Fernando Noriega, Head Strength & Conditioning

NFL Experience: 5

Years with Eagles: 1

• Spent previous five seasons with the Los Angeles Rams as the team's strength assistant (2017-20) and a strength and conditioning intern (2016).

• Rams were the healthiest team in the NFL based on adjusted games lost due to injury in 2017, according to Football Outsiders.

In addition to the coaching staff additions, the Eagles also announced new hires and promotions in the Sports Medicine and Performance department.

The Eagles promoted Tom Hunkele to vice president of sports medicine/head athletic trainer; hired Dustin Woods as an associate strength and conditioning coach; promoted Mike Minnis to director of performance nutrition/assistant strength and conditioning coach; and named Shaniece Jackson as the team's new assistant athletic trainer.

Take a look at Nick Sirianni from his days playing wide receiver Mount Union to the new Head Coach of the Eagles.

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