Meet the Eagles Entire Coaching Staff

Meet the Eagles Entire Coaching Staff

The Eagles confirmed the completion of Chip Kelly’s coaching
staff on Friday, which I think I can say with some certainty will help the beat
writers sleep better at night. PhiladelphiaEagles.com has nice little introductions
to all 22 hires, but in case you just want the cliff notes, we’ve highlighted a
few observations of our own.

Defensive Assistants

Jerry Azzinaro is not only the defensive line coach, he’s
also Kelly’s assistant head coach, joining him from Oregon’s staff. That should
further help explain why he was hired before the defensive coordinator.

Potentially poking some holes in the idea Bill Davis will
utilize a 4-3 under scheme is the fact that there are two separate coaches on
the staff for inside and outside linebackers – Rick Minter and Bill McGovern
respectively. That doesn’t confirm anything one way or the other, but one might
think the distinction would only be necessary in a 3-4.

The last major addition came on Friday when John Lovett
joined the staff to coach defensive backs. Lovett has been coaching primarily
defense and defensive backs at the NCAA level since 1985.

>> Meet Chip Kelly’s Defensive Assistants [PE.com]

Offensive Assistants

The holdovers from Andy Reid’s staff are Ted Williams
and Duce Staley. Williams enters his 19th season with Philadelphia, the last 16
of those as the club’s running backs coach. He’ll slide back to tight ends coach,
while Staley will now draw on his expertise in coaching running backs.

Bill Lazor becomes the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach. He also
coached quarterbacks in the NFL for the Seahawks and Redskins. No word on what
he runs in the 40-yard dash.

John Stoutland of the University of Alabama signed on to
become the offensive line coach, which I think of all the assistants from the
college ranks he will be the biggest crowd pleaser. Alabama basically runs a
professional minor-league football team at this point, so he’s got plenty of
experience working with superior athletes.

All the buzz on Twitter is about the Sports Science
Coordinator on Kelly’s staff. Nobody seems to know exactly what that is, but
before landing this gig, Shaun Huls served as the head strength and
conditioning coach and combatives coordinator for Navy Special Warfare.

>> Meet Chip Kelly’s Offensive Assistants [PE.com]

Coordinators

We’ve already discussed the unpopular decisions for
offensive and defensive coordinator, but said nothing of Dave Fipp, who will
coordinate the Eagles’ special teams. Fipp, 38, joins the team after a two-year
stint as assistant special teams coach for the Miami Dolphins, who according to
some data had the second- and fourth-best unit the past two seasons.

>> Meet Chip Kelly’s Coordinators [PE.com]

/* Style Definitions */
table.MsoNormalTable
{mso-style-name:"Table Normal";
mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;
mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;
mso-style-noshow:yes;
mso-style-priority:99;
mso-style-qformat:yes;
mso-style-parent:"";
mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
mso-para-margin-top:0in;
mso-para-margin-right:0in;
mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt;
mso-para-margin-left:0in;
line-height:115%;
mso-pagination:widow-orphan;
font-size:11.0pt;
font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;
mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;
mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";
mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast;
mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;
mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}

Jahlil Okafor trade watch: Bulls reportedly unwilling to trade first-round pick

Jahlil Okafor trade watch: Bulls reportedly unwilling to trade first-round pick

With the NBA trade deadline nearly upon us — 3 p.m. Thursday — here is the latest on Jahlil Okafor. (We'll update this with news on Okafor throughout the afternoon.)

• The Bulls are still pushing to acquire Okafor, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Chicago has been one of the rumored destinations for weeks — in fact, the Bulls were reported as a suitor for Okafor before the Pelicans, Blazers and Pacers.

• What's the hold-up? According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls "have shown no inclination to this point of including" their first-round pick, along with a player, which is what the Sixers have been seeking for Okafor.

Johnson notes that forward Nikola Mirotic is available. Mirotic, 26, is a restricted free agent after the season. With Ersan Ilyasova traded to Atlanta Wednesday night, perhaps the Sixers could look at Mirotic as a backup four to Dario Saric. 

Mirotic's value is in his outside shooting — he's a 6-foot-10 forward who made 39 percent of his threes last season. But his numbers have dipped across the board this season and he's shooting just 38 percent from the field and 30 percent from three.

• According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Okafor's preferred landing spot is Chicago, his hometown.

• Obviously, it's not up to Jah — the Sixers will go with whichever offer is best.

Eagles wise to bring Jason Peters back, even with full salary

Eagles wise to bring Jason Peters back, even with full salary

This isn't a big surprise, but Jason Peters will be back with the Eagles — big salary and all — for the 2017 season.

While the Eagles approached the veteran left tackle about his contract in January, Peters has not restructured his deal, according to a league source. 

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Thursday morning reported that Peters will be back next season on his normal contract. 

Yes, Peters is expensive in 2017. His base salary after hitting another Pro Bowl escalator written into his contract is up to $10.45 million for next season (plus a $250K workout bonus), which comes with a big cap hit of $11.7 million. That cap hit is the highest on the team, but not outlandish for a high-caliber left tackle. 

The Eagles could have very well cut Peters and moved on. It would have saved them significant cap space to use elsewhere. They just wouldn't have found any player more valuable to pay with that money. 

Peters, 35, is still their best option to protect Carson Wentz's blind side. He made his ninth Pro Bowl in 2016 after playing all 16 games. The team hasn't been shy about wanting him back and Peters toward the end of the season said he wanted to return for another year. 

"We certainly want to have him back," Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said of Peters in early January.

“I love him. I want him on the team,” head coach Doug Pederson said with two games remaining this past season. “I don’t want him to go anywhere."

With Peters back, it means Lane Johnson's eventual trip to left tackle will be held off for another year. Eventually, he'll take over that spot … just not right now. 

During the season, Peters opened up about his future, saying he hopes Wentz can be the guy who finally gets him a Super Bowl ring (see story).