The Eagles announced on Thursday that they have agreed to terms with D.J. Eliot to be the team's new linebackers coach.
After 23 years at the collegiate level, this will be Eliot's first NFL coaching job. He will continue to call Lincoln Financial Field his home stadium after serving as Temple's defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach in 2022. The Owls led the American Athletic Conference with 38 sacks and ranked second in passing yards allowed (198.6 yards per game) in Eliot's one season on Broad Street.
Eliot's prior coaching stops include Kansas, Florida State, Miami, Colorado, and Kentucky. In all, Eliot has been a defensive coordinator for nine seasons. At Kansas, Eagles linebacker Kyron Johnson was a second-team All-Big 12 selection by Pro Football Focus in 2021 after recording career highs in several key categories, including tackles (61), sacks (6.5), and forced fumbles (4). Johnson forced 40 QB pressures and did not commit a penalty that year.
Eliot played linebacker at Wyoming and started his coaching career as a grad assistant at his alma mater in 1999.