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Eagles Announce Changes To Coaching Staff And Football Operations

The Philadelphia Eagles have announced the following changes to the coaching staff:

Phillip Daniels promoted to defensive line coach

Carson Walch promoted to wide receivers coach

Mike Bartrum hired as assistant tight ends coach

• Matthew Harper named assistant wide receivers coach

Roy Istvan hired as assistant offensive line coach

Nathan Ollie hired as assistant defensive line coach

• T.J. Paganetti named assistant running backs coach

• Luke Thompson hired as assistant special teams coach

• Matt Burke hired as defensive special assistant

• G.J. Kinne hired as offensive special projects

• Joe Pannunzio hired as director of team development

The team has also announced the following promotions and hires within football operations:

• Andrew Berry hired as vice president of football operations

• Greg Delimitros promoted to vice president of equipment operations

• Patrick Dolan promoted to vice president of football technology

• Jon Ferrari promoted to vice president of football operations and compliance

• Jeremiah Washburn hired as advanced projects coordinator

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Phillip Daniels – Defensive Line Coach

Phillip Daniels was originally hired by the Eagles during the 2016 offseason as the team's defensive quality control/assistant defensive line coach and now takes over as the team's defensive line coach.

This past season, Daniels coached a unit that produced more sacks (36.5) than any defensive line in the NFL. The unit was led by first-team All-Pro DT Fletcher Cox, who notched a career-high 10.5 sacks and ranked second in the NFL in QB hits (34) (according to radar360). Veteran DE Michael Bennett notched 9.0 sacks during his first year with the Eagles and finished the regular season ranked fourth in the NFL in QB hits (30) (according to radar360).

In 2017, Daniels coaching a Super Bowl-winning group that featured four players with 5.0-plus sacks, marking the first time since 2002 that four individual Eagles defensive linemen recorded 5.0-plus sacks in a single season. DE Brandon Graham led the team with a career-high 9.5 sacks, followed by Pro Bowl DT 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 2nd in the league with 4.0 strip-sacks.

A 15-year NFL veteran, Daniels entered the NFL as a fourth-round selection by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1996 NFL Draft. He 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), 62.0 sacks, one interception, 51 passes defensed, 15 forced fumbles and 12 fumble recoveries.

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Carson Walch – Wide Receivers Coach

Carson Walch joined the Eagles coaching staff during the 2018 offseason as assistant wide receivers coach and has now been promoted to wide receivers coach. From 2013-14, Walch served as an offensive quality control coach with the Chicago Bears, where he worked with current Eagles offensive coordinator and former Bears wide receivers coach Mike Groh. Prior to his return to the NFL with the Eagles in 2018, Walch spent two seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos (CFL) as offensive coordinator/receivers coach (2017) and receivers/passing game coordinator (2016).

During his first season with the Eagles, Walch worked with a unit that featured veteran wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor. Under Walch's direction, Jeffery recorded his highest receiving yardage (843) and reception totals (65) in a single season since 2014, despite missing the first three games of the regular season. Agholor recorded career highs in receptions (64) and yards after the catch (350). In 2018, Philadelphia registered the 7th-ranked passing offense (267.2) and 8th-ranked team passer rating (100.7) in the NFL. The Eagles also finished 9th in 10+ yard plays (235) and 10th in passing yards per play (6.7).

Walch was an All-American, all-region, and all-conference running back, receiver and return specialist for Winona State from 1996-99. In his final season, Walch was named a regional finalist for the Harlon Hill Award, which is earned by the top player in NCAA Division II football.

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Mike Bartrum – Assistant Tight Ends Coach

Mike Bartrum played for the Eagles from 2000-2006 as a tight end and long snapper and returns to Philadelphia as the team's assistant tight ends coach. Most recently, Bartrum served as the head football coach at Meigs High School in Pomeroy, OH.

Bartrum signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993 as an undrafted free agent out of Marshall University and went on to play 13 seasons in the NFL, including the final seven as an Eagle. Predominately a long snapper during his NFL career, Bartrum appeared in 188 career games (including playoffs) and added 11 catches for 65 yards and six touchdowns. During his career, Bartrum was a part of 10 playoffs teams, appeared in five Championship Games (one AFC and four NFC) and played in two Super Bowls. He also earned NFC Pro Bowl honors following the 2005 season.

A two-year starter and three-year letterman at Marshall, Bartrum totaled 109 career receptions for 1,187 yards and 10 TDs. He earned consensus All-Southern Conference honors as a senior when he caught 62 passes for 680 yards and nine touchdowns, guiding Marshall to a Division I-AA national title.

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Matthew Harper – Assistant Wide Receivers Coach

Matthew Harper originally joined the Eagles coaching staff in 2013 and has spent the majority of his tenure with the club as the assistant special teams coach (2013-14 and 2016-18). Harper will now serve as the team's assistant wide receivers coach.

During Harper's time working with Philadelphia's special teams, the Eagles have fielded some of the top units and individual specialists in the NFL. In 2018, first-year punter Cameron Johnston set single-season franchise records in gross (48.15) and net averages (42.7), while ranking third and fourth in the NFL, respectively, in both categories. In 2017, rookie kicker Jake Elliott enjoyed a historic rookie campaign, kicking the longest regular-season (61 yards vs. NYG in Week 3) and postseason FGs (53 yards in the Divisional Round vs. Atl.) in franchise and NFL rookie history.

In 2014, the Eagles special teams unit accounted 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 The Dallas Morning News columnist Rick Gosselin in his annual special teams rankings.

Harper also spent one season (2015) as the Eagles assistant defensive backs coach and was part of a defensive staff that helped Philadelphia rank 10th in total takeaways (26) and interceptions (15).

A college defensive back, Harper played at Oregon, where he recorded 98 tackles, three interceptions, two sacks, two tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and 12 passes defensed during his senior campaign in 2007. Prior to transferring to Oregon, Harper garnered first-team AllNorCal Conference and honorable mention All-America honors at the City College of San Francisco after collaring 95 tackles and recording a team-high seven interceptions in 2005.

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Roy Istvan – Assistant Offensive Line Coach

Roy Istvan joins the Eagles from Keiser University, where he served as the Seahawks assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach during the school's inaugural football season in 2018.

Prior to his year at Keiser, Istvan coached the offensive line at the University of Rhode Island from 2008-13 and took on the added responsibility of offensive coordinator during his final three seasons. Istvan joined the Rhode Island coaching staff after a five-year stint with the University of Buffalo. During his first three years with the Bulls, he worked as the team's run game coordinator/offensive line coach prior to serving as offensive coordinator from 2004-05.

Istvan began his coaching career in 1990 as a graduate assistant at Southern Connecticut State University where he worked alongside Eagles offensive line/run game coordinator Jeff Stoutland who served as the Owl's offensive coordinator from 1988-92. Istvan played under Stoutland at SCSU in 1989 and went on to coach at SCSU for 11 years.

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T.J. Paganetti – Assistant Running Backs Coach

T.J. Paganetti enters his third season on Philadelphia's coaching staff and his first as the team's assistant running backs coach. Paganetti originally joined the organization in 2013 as an analyst working with the offense and quarterbacks. He re-joined the team in 2017 as the offensive quality control/assistant offensive line coach and served in that role for the last two seasons.

Prior to his work with the Eagles, the Bedford, MA, native held numerous stints with the Oregon Ducks football program. Paganetti served as the program's undergraduate intern in 2007 and 2008 working with the offense before becoming a student assistant coach from 2009-2012 working with the offense and quarterbacks. Following his graduation in 2012, Paganetti was elevated to the position of offensive intern where he worked with the quarterbacks. After his first two seasons with the Eagles, Paganetti returned to Oregon as a Graduate Assistant/Linebackers coach for the 2015-2016 seasons.

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Luke Thompson – Assistant Special Teams Coach

Luke Thompson joins the Eagles coaching staff from Lafayette College where he served as the Leopards' defensive coordinator and linebackers coach from 2017-18. In his first season with Lafayette, Thompson helped the defense average 15.8 points against per game in Patriot League play, which was a significant improvement from the team's 37.3 points against per game average that they surrendered in league play in 2016. Additionally, the Leopards ranked first in the Patriot League in takeaways in 2017, after finishing last in the category in 2016.

Thompson has coached in the collegiate ranks for 20 years, including two stints at Georgetown University (2014-16, defensive coordinator/linebackers coach; 2006-12, special teams coordinator/linebackers coach). He also served as the special teams coordinator and linebackers coach for Army from 2012-13.

A graduate of Assumption College in Worcester, MA, Thompson began his coaching career in 1998 as the offensive line and tight ends coach at Bowdoin College. He went on to coach at several New England schools including Holy Cross, Amherst College, and Harvard University.

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Matt Burke – Defensive Special Assistant

Matt Burke brings 15 years of NFL coaching experience to the Philadelphia Eagles and most recently served as the defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins from 2017-18.

Burke originally joined the Dolphins staff as the team's linebackers coach in 2016 after spending the previous two seasons coaching linebackers for the Cincinnati Bengals (2014-15).

Prior to his stints in Miami and Cincinnati, Burke coached linebackers for the Detroit Lions from 2009-13 under current Eagles defensive coordinator and former Lions head coach Jim Schwartz. Burke began his NFL coaching career with the Tennessee Titans in 2004 and spent the next five years working under Schwartz, who served as the Titans defensive coordinator from 2001-08.

A native of Hudson, MA, Burke played safety at Dartmouth and was part of an undefeated Ivy League championship team in 1996.

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G.J. Kinne – Offensive Special Projects

G.J. Kinne entered the NFL in 2012 as an undrafted free agent quarterback with the New York Jets. Kinne held stints on the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad between 2013-15 both as a quarterback and a wide receiver.

Following his playing career, Kinne served as a graduate assistant at SMU in 2017 and an offensive analyst at the University of Arkansas in 2018.

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Joe Pannunzio – Director of Team Development

Joe Pannunzio originally joined the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 as the team's director of personnel operations and spent two seasons in that role before departing to be the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at the University of Alabama. He returns to the Eagles coaching staff as the director of team development.

Pannunzio has more than 30 years of college coaching experience including recent stints at Miami (FL) (tight ends/special teams coordinator, 2006-10) and Murray State (head coach, 2000-05). From 2011-14, he served as the director of football operations at the University of Alabama.

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Nathan Ollie — Assistant Defensive Line Coach

Nathan Ollie joins the Eagles coaching staff from Eastern Kentucky where he spent the 2018 season as the team's defensive line coach. 

Prior to his year at Eastern Kentucky, Ollie served as a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee from 2015-17. During his time at Tennessee, Ollie worked with Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett, who set a new school record with 33 career sacks, surpassing the previous record of 32 set by Pro Football Hall of Famer and Eagles legend Reggie White (1980-83).

Ollie played on the defensive line at Ball State from 2010-13. A three-time All-Mid-American Conference selection, he served as a captain as a senior in 2013 and was also named the team's defensive MVP.

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Andrew Berry – Vice President of Football Operations

Andrew Berry has been hired as the vice president of football operations and joins the Eagles front office from the Cleveland Browns where he served as vice president of player personnel from 2016-18.

Prior to his time with the Browns, Berry worked for the Indianapolis Colts for seven years (2009-15). He was originally hired by Indianapolis as a scouting assistant and was promoted to pro scout in 2011. One year later, he was elevated to pro scouting coordinator and served in that role for his final four seasons with the club. During Berry's tenure in Indianapolis, the Colts won four AFC South titles, made five postseason appearances and advanced to Super Bowl XLIV.

Berry graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in computer science. He also played football for the Crimson, starting all four years at cornerback and earning All-Ivy League honors three times.

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Greg Delimitros – Vice President of Equipment Operations

Greg Delimitros enters his 16th season with the Eagles and has been promoted to vice president of equipment operations. Delimitros originally joined the Eagles in 2004 as the team's assistant equipment manager and was named head equipment manager in 2012. After three seasons in that role, Delimitros was promoted to director of equipment operations in 2015.

Delimitros is responsible for outfitting Eagles players, coaches and staff, purchasing equipment, and maintaining the team's locker room facilities at both the NovaCare Complex and Lincoln Financial Field. He also handles the transportation of all the team's equipment for each game.

A native of Medford, NY, he earned a B.S. degree in business management from Stony Brook University in 2002 and a M.S. degree in athletic coaching education from West Virginia in 2003. While at West Virginia, Delimitros served as a graduate football equipment manager for the Mountaineers from 2002-03. He was the head student equipment manager at Stony Brook from 1998-2002.

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Patrick Dolan – Vice President of Football Technology

Patrick Dolan, who enters his 30th season in the NFL and his seventh in Philadelphia, has been promoted to vice president of football technology. Dolan originally joined the Eagles front office as the director of football technology in 2013 and is responsible for overseeing the video department and maximizing the football technologies used by the coaches, players and personnel departments on a day-to-day basis.

Prior to his time with the Eagles, Dolan worked for the Cleveland Browns (1998-2009) and Pittsburgh Steelers (1988-98). Dolan joined the Browns when they re-entered the NFL as an expansion franchise and helped launch their entire video operation. As Cleveland's video director, he was honored by his peers and voted as a member of the NFL Video Directors Committee, which worked with the NFL league office and Competition Committee on league-based technology decisions. Between his time with the Browns and the Eagles, Dolan served as an NFL account manager with DVSport, Inc. from 2009-13.

Dolan holds a B.S. degree in business administration/accounting from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked as a graduate assistant football coach for the Panthers from 1987-88.

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Jon Ferrari – Vice President of Football Operations and Compliance

Jon Ferrari has been promoted to vice president of football operations and compliance. He originally joined the organization in 2016 as the manager of football compliance. Prior to his time with the Eagles, Ferrari worked at the NFL league office from 2007-16. During his time with the league, Ferrari worked with the NFL Management Council, including the final six years as the manager of labor operations.

Ferrari completed his undergraduate education at Franklin and Marshall College in 2000.

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Jeremiah Washburn – Advanced Projects Coordinator

Jeremiah Washburn joins the Eagles football operations department as advanced projects coordinator. Washburn originally entered the NFL in 2002 as a football operations assistant with the Carolina Panthers. During his 17 years in the league, Washburn has worked both as an offensive line coach and a scout, most recently serving as the Miami Dolphins offensive line coach in 2018.

From 2003-08, Washburn worked as a Baltimore Ravens player personnel assistant (2003-04) and area scout (2009-12). He transitioned to coaching in 2009 when he was hired by the Detroit Lions as the assistant offensive line coach. Washburn was promoted by the Lions to offensive line coach in 2013 and served in that role for three seasons. Following his time in Detroit, Washburn worked as an assistant offensive line coach with the Dolphins (2016) and Chicago Bears (2017).

Washburn played guard at the University of Arkansas and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater in 2000.

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