The Eagles officially named Marquand Manuel as the team's defensive backs coach on February 6. Here is a snapshot of his career:
• Former Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard was teammates with Manuel at the University of Florida. Sheppard told NJ.com that Manuel is going to bring "a very Brian Dawkins-like inspirational mentality. He's a really pumped up guy, he's a very exciting guy, he's a very passionate guy about his craft.
"That guy knew the playbook probably better than the coach did. He took on that type of leadership, even in college. To be that leader, to be that professor, to be that guy who gave every blood, sweat and tear he had with 130 percent."
• How intense is Manuel? Go to the 44-second mark of the video below.
• Called a future head coach candidate by Sports Illustrated in 2017, Manuel said, "My philosophy is, 'Are you better now than the moment that you met me? Are you a better man? Are you a better player?' I always want you to have the first person who took you out there to play football in mind, because that love that you have for that part of the game, even though you're making a lot of money now, I'm gonna keep you from forgetting that."
• A native of Miami, Manuel grew up in a family of 18 children.
"Being able to stand up for yourself," Manuel said of the lessons he learned growing up in such a big family. "Understanding that every situation is not always going to go in your favor. How do you balance the difference between that and the emotions that brothers and sisters have that are older and younger? It helped out a lot. A lot of times it taught you when to speak, when not. When was enough, enough? When did you need to say to more?"
• Manuel was a four-year letterman at the University of Florida where he finished his career with 308 tackles and six interceptions. He graduated in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in criminology and law.
• Manuel began his NFL coaching career in 2012 as a defensive assistant/special teams assistant for the Seattle Seahawks. Before getting into coaching, Manuel enjoyed an eight-year NFL career as a defensive back for the Cincinnati Bengals, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, and Detroit Lions. A sixth-round draft choice of the Bengals in 2002, Manuel finished his NFL career with 332 tackles, two interceptions, 16 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, and 36 tackles on special teams.
• In 2017, Manuel's first season as Atlanta's defensive coordinator, the Falcons finished in the top 10 in yards per game (318.4, 9th), rushing yards per game (104.1, 9th), red zone defense (45.8 pct., 5th), and points per game (19.7, 8th). Prior to being named defensive coordinator, Manuel worked for the Falcons as a secondary coach/senior defensive assistant from 2015-16.