Where Did Andy Reids Assistants Wind Up?

Where Did Andy Reids Assistants Wind Up?

While we await the Eagles’ formal introduction of Chip
Kelly’s new coaching staff, in particular the naming of a defensive
coordinator, many of the assistants who served Philadelphia under Andy Reid are
already finding work. Marty Mornhinweg, Todd Bowles, and Bobby April have all
managed to land on their feet since the band broke up.

In fact, Juan Castillo will even be on the sidelines for the
Baltimore Ravens at Super Bowl XLVII less than two weeks from today.

John Harbaugh, a colleague of Castillo’s for many years with
the Eagles, hired the former offensive line coach to be a consultant leading up
to the big game, and he will join the staff in a full-time capacity as the club’s
running game coordinator once the season ends. We’re not exactly sure what a
running game coordinator is, but Castillo turned down other offers – including Reid
– to take the job in Baltimore.

It’s good to see Castillo wind up with a gig, and spurn Andy
in the process, after the impossible situation he was put in during his last
two years with the Birds. While he’s taken a step or two down the ladder in the
process, he still appears to be a better situation than several of the other
departed coaches.

Todd Bowles

Bowles landed quite possibly the cushiest job of the bunch
having been named defensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals, the
12th-ranked unit in the NFL this season. Apparently running Philly’s defense
into the ground after taking over at coordinator for Castillo after six games
didn’t hurt his stock too much – although to be fair to Bowles, something was
obviously amiss behind the scenes.

Marty Mornhingweg

Marty was named offensive coordinator of the New York Jets,
where he’ll have his work cut out for him. Assuming the organization doesn’t
move on from Mark Sanchez, who has guarantees built into his contract,
Mornhinweg is tasked with restoring a quarterback that has a career 71.6 passer
rating over four seasons. There are also rumors it’s a potential destination
for Michael Vick, so good luck with all of that.

Bobby April

Hailed as a special teams guru upon his arrival, the Eagles’
third unit never looked very strong under April at any point during his
three-year tenure. Now he packs up his act and heads to the Oakland Raiders, a
team whose two best players are often special teamers – the punter and place
kicker.

Jim Washburn

Lucky for Wash, the Detroit Lions still want to utilize the
wide-9, and his son happens to be on the staff there. Nothing beats a little
nepotism! Word is the disgraced defensive line coach will join the team as an
assistant, though he is not there to replace anybody on the current staff, so
he should at least have a vast reduction of power.

Howard Mudd

The long-time offensive line coach has presumably gone back
into retirement after Reid lured him away two years ago, so we’ve probably seen
the last of him.

Doug Pederson

After playing under Reid in Green Bay and Philly, Pederson
joined the Eagles’ staff in 2009, spending the past couple seasons as
quarterbacks coach. He followed Andy to Kansas City, where he becomes the
offensive coordinator. That’s a big step up for Pederson, although Reid will
reportedly call the plays for the Chiefs.

Duce Staley

As you can see, the Eagles mostly allowed their coaches to
depart whether they were under contract or not, but there was one notable
exception. Reid wanted to take coaching intern and former Bird Staley to KC,
but the front office blocked the move, and now Duce is expected to stay on as
running backs coach. They must really like something they see, enough to
replace Ted Williams, who had been the running backs coach since ’97. Williams will switch to tight ends coach to accommodate (h/t KonfusedKendrick).

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Philadelphia Union announce 2017 broadcast schedule

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Philadelphia Union announce 2017 broadcast schedule

CHESTER, Pa. (Feb. 21, 2017) – Philadelphia Union today announced their 2017 Major League Soccer broadcast schedule, with all 34 of the club’s matches available live, on local and national television. A total of four matches will be featured on local broadcast television via 6abc, with 20 matches on The Comcast Network (TCN) and five on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia (CSN). The Union are also slated to be on national television five times in 2017, appearing on ESPN four times and FS1 once.

Union supporters can catch the club on 6abc in four marquee fixtures: Saturday, April 22 vs. Montreal; Saturday, June 24 vs. D.C. United; Sunday, October 15 at Chicago; and Sunday, October 22 vs. Orlando on MLS Decision Day.

Additionally, the club will be on national television for the following games: Friday, April 14 vs. New York City FC (ESPN); Sunday, June 18 vs. New York Red Bulls (ESPN); Sunday, July 2 vs. New England (FS1); Sunday, September 17 at New York Red Bulls (ESPN); and Sunday, October 1 vs. the defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC (ESPN).

See below for a full summary of the Union’s 2017 MLS regular-season schedule, including all broadcast information:

Philadelphia begins the 2017 campaign by playing at Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sunday, March 5 (TCN / 9:30 p.m. ET) before returning to Talen Energy Stadium for the 2017 home opener on Saturday, March 11 against Toronto FC (CSN / 4:30 p.m. ET). In addition to Season Tickets, fans can now purchase Partial Plans and Group Tickets for all Philadelphia Union matches at Talen Energy Stadium.  For the first time, the Union will be offering a Fully Flex 9 Game Plan where fans can select their games along with a Tiered Flex 5 Game plan. Fans can purchase or find out more info by visiting PhiladelphiaUnion.com/tickets or calling 1-877-21-UNION.

DeSean Jackson is playing the Eagles against the NFL

DeSean Jackson is playing the Eagles against the NFL

The Eagles sure could use a wide receiver, and DeSean Jackson is a free agent. Jackson even said it himself in an interview that ran on Tuesday: a reunion with the Eagles would be a good story.

Or perhaps a story that's almost too good to be true.

Don't get me wrong, Jackson could very well wind up back in an Eagles uniform once everything is said and done. He can become a free agent in March. There's an obvious need at wide receiver. Jackson never wanted to leave Philadelphia in the first place, and the person responsible for that — Chip Kelly — is long gone. It makes perfect sense.

So much sense, Jackson can use what is considered common knowledge around the NFL for leverage in contract negotiations with 31 other teams.

Jackson is a smart, calculating guy, especially when it comes to business. He doesn't even have to say he wants to play for the Eagles for people to presume the interest is there, and more to the point, he hasn't.

When a bunch of Philly reporters pressed Jackson about his impending free agency in October, he said there were no hard feelings with the Eagles. When confronted again in December, the three-time Pro Bowler responded that you never know what can happen. On Tuesday, Jackson flat out admitted he's thought about a potential return — while describing talk of it as "a lot of speculation."

There are reports the Eagles will pursue Jackson should he hit the market on March 9. The 30-year-old speedster will be happy to field their call.

Along with the rest of the calls he'll get from around the league.

Unlike the Eagles, Jackson has come right out and said he wants to remain in Washington, and as recently as two weeks ago. Whether the interest is mutual on the Redskins' part remains to be seen, particularly at Jackson's contract demands, but that's a lot stronger than any suggestion he's made to the contrary.

Another report emerged on Tuesday that indicates the Buccaneers are a potential landing spot for Jackson as well, citing a pre-existing rapport with quarterback Jameis Winston. In other words, at the very least, there are more teams competing for his services.

Philadelphia, Washington, Tampa Bay, the West Coast, wherever — this is ultimately going to come down to which one can or is willing to make the most attractive offer.

That might be strike one against the Eagles already. They don't have a great deal of room to maneuver under the salary cap as of now, and while additional money could become available, signing Jackson for around $10 million per year or more would be a strain no matter what.

Keep in mind, Jackson is simply answering the questions he's asked about the Eagles. He's not running around from one media outlet to the other trying to create a market there. And in all honesty, his answers have been lukewarm at best, essentially amounting to, Sure, I'll listen if the Eagles call. Why not?

In the meantime, that puts the rest of the NFL on notice. The Eagles can be very competitive in free agency when they choose to be, and if they really want Jackson — and there are people in high-ranking places that probably wouldn't mind that — they will be players. Even if the Eagles have no serious intention of chasing Jackson, the perception is out there.

Jackson certainly understands that, and he hasn't had to put much effort into keeping the fire burning. He's more or less let the flames fan themselves.

Ultimately, Jackson to the Eagles isn't the least bit unlikely. Yet the idea that he's going to show the club any more deference than another doesn't seem quite as plausible when his comments, this entire situation are placed under the microscope.

Words are cheap. Signing Jackson, on the other hand, will not be. Not for the Eagles. Not for anybody. Not while he's expertly pitting his suitors against one another in the DeSean Jackson Sweepstakes.

The winner isn't going to be based on sentimental favorite or nostalgia. It's who's going to make the best deal for Jackson.