Eagles to hire Dave Fipp as special teams coordinator

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Eagles to hire Dave Fipp as special teams coordinator
January 23, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Dave Fipp, an assistant special teams coach with the Dolphins who has known new Eagles head coach Chip Kelly for over a decade, will be the Eagles’ new special teams coordinator.

The Eagles had no comment on the report. They have not commented on any of new head coach Kelly’s coaching staff interviews or hires.

But Fipp was at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., wearing an Eagles hoodie on Wednesday, and Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin confirmed to CSNPhilly.com Eagles Insider Geoff Mosher that Fipp was leaving the Dolphins to join Kelly’s staff to run special teams.

So the Dolphins have announced that Fipp is joining the Eagles, but the Eagles haven’t announced that Fipp is joining the Eagles.

Fipp, 38, was a walk-on and special teams standout who became a scholarship starting safety at the University of Arizona in the mid-1990s and had several college coaching jobs, starting at Holy Cross in 1998 and then moving to Arizona, Cal Poly, Nevada and San Jose State before Mike Nolan brought him to the 49ers in 2008 as assistant special teams coach.

Fipp was defensive coordinator at Cal Poly when former Eagle staring linebacker Chris Gocong was an All-America defensive end with the Mustangs. When Kelly was at New Hampshire in the mid-1990s, Fipp interviewed with Kelly for a job. He didn’t take it but the two kept in touch.

Mike Singletary kept Fipp when he replaced Nolan as 49ers head coach, but when Singletary was fired after the 2010 season, Fipp joined Tony Sparano in Miami. Fipp remained in Miami at the end of last year under interim coach Todd Bowles and this year under new head coach Joe Philbin.

The Dolphins this year ranked No. 2 in Rick Gosselin’s annual special teams rankings, behind only the 49ers. The Eagles were No. 28 under Bobby April, who is now special teams coach with the Raiders, and have not been ranked in the top 10 since 2004, the Super Bowl season.

Fipp will become the Eagles’ fifth special teams coach in six years. John Harbaugh, now head coach of the Super Bowl-bound Ravens, coached special teams at a very high level from 1998 through 2007, before spending one year coaching the Eagles’ defensive backs.

Rory Segrest coached special teams in 2008 and 2009, Ted Daisher in 2010 and April in 2011 and 2012.

(More coming...)

Geoff Mosher contributed to this report.

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