Head coach Andy Reid has added two outstanding assistant coaches this off-season thanks in large part to the friendships he forged earlier in his career.
The Eagles officially named Dick Jauron, a former Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year, as the new Senior Assistant/Defensive Backs coach. Reid and Jauron worked together in Green Bay from 1992-94.
"Long before he became a defensive coordinator and head coach in this league, Dick Jauron was considered to be one of, if not the best defensive backs coaches in the game," said Reid. "We welcome his experience and knowledge of the game and look forward to adding him to our defensive coaching staff."
That experience and knowledge will certainly aid defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, who just wrapped up his first year in that post. McDermott and Jauron can each discuss what it was like to work in a rookie at the safety position last year. The Eagles started fifth-round draft pick Macho Harris alongside Quintin Mikell on opening day. As the head coach of the Bills last year, Jauron had a rookie safety in Jairus Byrd who finished second in the Rookie Defensive Player of the Year vote and also finished tied for first in the league with Asante Samuel and Darren Sharper for most interceptions with nine. The Bills also boasted the league's second-best pass defense.
"First and foremost, Dick Jauron is a person with tremendous integrity and his football background speaks for itself," McDermott said. "I'm excited about his addition to the team and look forward to utilizing his experiences in the way of adding value to our defensive staff."
Earlier this off-season, Reid added Jauron's former special teams coordinator in Buffalo, Bobby April, to be the Eagles' new special teams coordinator.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 2:00 p.m., February 3