Meet Chip Kelly's coaching staff

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Meet Chip Kelly's coaching staff

February 8, 2013, 7:00 pm
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The Eagles on Friday officially announced Chip Kelly's coaching staff, 21 members with varying levels of experience -- Reuben Frank has more on that -- and one whose title is "sports science coordinator." And no, don't picture Anthony Michael Hall in The Breakfast Club or Jonah Hill in Moneyball. Try Jason Bourne instead.

With that said, meet your new staff of assistant coaches:

Offensive coordinator: Pat Shurmur
Shurmur, 47, returns for a second stint with the Eagles after being fired as head coach of the Cleveland Browns, who went 9-23 in his two seasons. Shurmur spent 10 seasons as an Eagles assistant under Andy Reid, first as tight ends coach (1999-2001) and then as quarterbacks coach (2002-08) before being hired as the St. Louis' Rams offensive coordinator by former Eagles defensive assistant Steve Spagnuolo.

Defensive coordinator: Bill Davis
The 47-year-old Davis served as Shurmur's linebackers coach. He served as defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers (2005-06) and Arizona Cardinals (2009-10). Davis has 21 years of coaching experience overall and first joined the NFL in 1992 as a defensive quality control coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Youngstown, Ohio native played quarterback and wide receiver at Cincinnati from 1985-88.

Special teams coordinator: Dave Fipp
Fipp, 38, joins the Eagles after two seasons as the assistant special teams coach for the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins' special teams ranked second in 2012 and fourth in 2011, based on the well-respected criteria compiled by Dallas Morning News columnist Rick Gosselin. Fipp also spent three seasons as an assistant special teams coach for the San Francisco 49ers and 10 seasons as a college coach.

Quarterbacks coach: Bill Lazor
Lazor, 40, spent the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator at Virginia. An All-Ivy League quarterback at Cornell, Lazor has spent four years as an NFL quarterbacks coach, first with Washington (2006-07) and then with Seattle (2008-09). A native of Scranton, Pa, he began his NFL coaching career in 2003 as an offensive quality control coach with Atlanta and joined the Redskins in 2004 as an offensive assistant.

Defensive line/assistant head coach: Jerry Azzinaro
Azzinaro coached Oregon's defensive line during Kelly's tenure as the Ducks' head coach. Oregon in those four seasons piled up 76 sacks. Before coming to Oregon, Azzinaro served as the D-line coach for Marshall in 2008 and the University of New Hampshire in 2007. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y, he has been a college coach since 1986, when he coached at Division III Western New England. He has no NFL coaching experience.

Offensive line: Jeff Stoutland
Stoutland, 51, served as Alabama's offensive line coach during its back-to-back National Championships. Before coming to Alabama, he coached at the University of Miami, Michigan State, Syracuse -- while Donovan McNabb was QB -- Cornell and his alam mater, Southern Connecticut State. Implicated in the scandal involving former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, Stoutland, according to the Palm Beach Post, has been cooperating with the NCAA's investigation. He has never coached in the NFL.

Inside linebackers: Rick Minter
Here's another sign that Kelly will run a 3-4 defense: He's hired two linebacker coaches. Minter spent the last two seasons as the defensive coordinator for Kentucky. He has no NFL coaching experience, but he mentored a few current NFL coaches during his 10-year tenure as the head coach at Cincinnati (1994-2003): Former Eagles assistant and current Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was Minter's special teams coach from 1989-1996: Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin coached the Bearcats' defensive backs in 1999-2000, and Rex Ryan of the Jets served as his defensive coordinator in 1996-97. Minter, who has coached at a dozen colleges, won more games (52) with the Bearcats than any coach in school history.

Outside linebackers: Bill McGovern
McGovern, 50, has logged 27 seasons as a college coach (none in the NFL), including 16 at Boston College in two stints. He spent the last four as defensive coordinator (B.C. in 2010 led the nation in rushing defense and the ACC in total defense) and the linebackers coach for the previous nine (when linebackers Luke Kuechly, 2011, and Mark Herlich, 2008, were named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year). McGovern coached B.C.'s defensive backs from 1994-96. He began his coaching career as Penn's freshman coach in 1985.

Running backs: Duce Staley
One of two holdovers from Reid's staff, Staley becomes the running backs coach after spending the last two seasons as as a special teams quality control coach. One of the most productive and popular running backs in team history, Staley at the same time also assisted running backs coach Ted Williams, who has been named tight ends coach. Selected by the Eagles in the third round of the 1997 draft, Staley in seven seasons with the Eagles rushed for 4,807 yards, fourth most in team history.

Tight ends: Ted Williams
The longest-tenured coach in team history, Williams, 69, returns for his 19th season with the Eagles and returns to his original role after 16 years as running backs coach. He joined the Eagles in 1995 as tight ends coach under then-head coach Ray Rhodes. Before joining the Eagles, he spent 15 years as a college coach: Arizona, Washington State and UCLA.

Defensive backs: John Lovett
Lovett returns to the NFL for the first time since 1984, when he was a defensive quality control coach with the Jets. He spent last season as the defensive backs coach at Texas Tech -- the Red Raiders led the Big 12 in pass defense -- before accepting a job in the same position at Cincinnati. Lovett has also coached at Miami, Bowling Green, Clemson, Auburn and Maine. He played linebacker and safety for C.W. Post and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame.

Wide receivers: Bob Bicknell
Bicknell comes to the Eagles from Buffalo, where he coached the Bills' wide receivers last season and tight ends the previous two. From 2007-09, he was as an offensive assistant with the Chiefs. Bicknell was Temple's offensive line coach in 2006 and an NFL Europe assistant from 1998-2005.

Assistant defensive line: Erik Chinander
Chinander, 33, spent three seasons on Kelly's staff at Oregon from 2010-2012, first as a coaching intern and then as a graduate assistant. He was a tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Northern Iowa from 2004-09 and an offensive lineman for Iowa for four years.

Assistant offensive line: Greg Austin
Like Chinander, the 28-year-old Austin coached under Kelly at Oregon from 2010-12, first as a coaching intern and then as a graduate assistant. He was an offensive lineman at Nebraska from 2002-06.

Assistant defensive backs: Todd Lyght
If this name sounds familiar, it's likely because he was selected by the Los Angeles Rams out of Notre Dame in the first round of the 1991 NFL draft. Lyght spent 12 seasons as a corner for the Rams -- making the Pro Bowl in 1999 -- before finishing his career with the Lions in 2002 with 37 career interceptions and six sacks. He spent the last two seasons as a defensive intern under Kelly and broke into coaching in 2009 as an assistant defensive backs coach at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas.

Assistant tight ends: Justin Peelle
This name should be familiar too. Peelle, 33, played 10 years in the NFL, finishing with the 49ers in 2011. This is the first coaching position for Pelle, who was drafted by the Chargers in the fourth round in 2002 and also played for the Dolphins and Falcons. Peelle piled up 123 receptions for 1,003 yards and 12 touchdowns in 151 career games (123 starts). He played at Oregon from 1998-01.

Defensive quality control: Mike Dawson
Dawson returns to coaching after serving as the Athletic Director of his high school, North Middlesex in Massachusetts. His most recent coaching position was at Boston College, where he coached special teams from 2009-11. He has logged 15 years of college coaching experience overall and none in the NFL.

Offensive quality control: Press Taylor
Sounds like he should coach cornerbacks, but alas he's on the other side of the ball. Taylor spent the last two seasons as an offensive graduate assistant/quarterbacks coach for Tulsa. He played quarterback for Butler Community College and won consecutive Junior College National Championships before transferring to Marshall. Taylor's brother Zac is the Dolphins' quarterbacks coach.

Assistant special teams: Matt Harper
An intern and graduate assistant under Kelly for the last four years, the 28-year-old Harper also played two seasons as a safety for Oregon after transferring from the City College of San Francisco. Harper's father Willie Harper was a linebacker for the 49ers from 1973-83.

Strength and conditioning: Josh Hingst
Hingst spent last season in the same role for the Jaguars after serving as the director of spors nutrition at Nebraska from 2009-11.

Sports science coordinator: Shaun Huls
Last but certainly not least (someone who works with Navy SEALs probably should go first), Huls comes to the Eagles from Navy Special Warfare (NSW) in San Diego, where he was the head strength and conditioning coach and combatives coordinator. According to its website, NSW's mission is to "man, train and equip our forces to conduct the most important missions in defense of our country, our way of life and for freedom everywhere." Also an Olympic lifter and Brazilian ju-jitsu competitor, Huls has trained NFL and MLB players; MMA fighters; and track and field, wrestling and swimming Olympians.

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