Profiling the Philadelphia Eagles' Coaching Staff

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Profiling the Philadelphia Eagles' Coaching Staff
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Across the NFL, coaches get crucified every Monday after a loss. Philadelphia is no different in this regard. 

Andy Reid takes all of the heat for an unfavorable outcome on the field, but he should not take all of the blame for the team's performance.  

In detail, starting with Reid, are the other members of the Eagles coaching staff that go unnoticed, but each carry an important responsibility of their own.

 

Andy Reid, Head Coach

Reid started his coaching career at Brigham Young University as a graduate assistant in 1982.  In the next nine years, Reid moved about the college coaching scene with stops in San Francisco State from 1983 to 1985, Northern Arizona University in 1986, UTEP from 1987 to 1988, and finally the University of Missouri from 1989 to 1991.

Reid made his first step towards his current position in taking a job as an offensive assistant/offensive line coach under Mike Holmgren with the Green Bay Packers from 1992 until 1996.  He was then promoted in 1997 to quarterbacks coach; most notably guiding quarterback Brett Favre along the way.

With his reputation growing, Reid was hired to replace Ray Rhodes as the Eagles head coach in 1999.  Reid's hiring was unusual because it was commonplace for coordinators to get top billing for vacant head coaching positions. 

However, owner Jeff Lurie took a chance on the unproven Reid, whose time as an assistant under Holmgren has proved vital to his head coaching success.

Reid's longevity in one position in the NFL is uncommon in recent history.  Heading into his 11th season as Philadelphia Eagles head coach, only Tennessee's Jeff Fisher has a longer tenure.

Not to mention, Reid has established himself as one of the best coaches in franchise history; setting teams records for regular season and playoff victories (96, 10), making five trips to the NFC title game in ten seasons, as well as a Super Bowl appearance in 2004.

 

Marty Mornhinweg, Offensive Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach

Mornhinweg got his start in the NFL much like Reid, in the Green Bay Packers system.  In 1995, he worked as an offensive assistant which led to him taking over as the quarterbacks coach in 1996. As quarterbacks coach, he coached Favre to a Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots.

In 1997, he was hired as the offensive coordinator for San Francisco; a position he would hold until 2000. 

In 2001, he was named the head coach of the Detroit Lions.  Mornhinweg was fired after two years on the job and a lowly 5-27 record.

Mornhinweg was brought on to Reid's staff as an offensive assistant.  After then offensive coordinator Brad Childress left for the Minnesota Vikings head coaching job, Mornhinweg was named Eagles offensive coordinator starting in the 2005 season.

Mornhinweg has proven to be an asset to making the Eagles offense run on all cylinders.  Under Mornhinweg, the offense has set records the last three seasons; most notably points scored in a season and most yards gained in a season.

 

Sean McDermott, Defensive Coordinator

Due to his battle with cancer, Jim Johnson has taken a leave of absence from the team; leaving secondary coach Sean McDermott as Johnson's replacement for the time being.

McDermott has been with the Eagles organization in some capacity for the past 11 years; nine of them with the coaching staff as a linebackers and secondary coach.

 

Ted Daisher, Special Teams Coordinator

After 22 years as a college coach, Daisher came into the NFL as the Oakland Raiders special teams coordinator in 2006.

From 2007 to 2008, he took on the same role in Cleveland, whose special teams has been top notch during this period producing the likes of kick returner Josh Cribbs and kicker Phil Dawson.

 

Juan Castillo, Offensive Line Coach

To some, Castillo is considered to be one of the best in his profession.  Look no further than the quality of play on the offensive line over Andy Reid's tenure with players like Shawn Andrews, Tra Thomas, and Jon Runyan that have anchored the line over the years.

Castillo, an offensive line coach for 12 of the 15 years he has been employed by the Eagles, also is critical to the team's scouting of future offensive linemen in his regular attendance of the NFL scouting combine.

 

Doug Pederson, Offensive Assistant

Pederson, whose stint as keeping the proverbial seat warm for then quarterback of the future Donovan McNabb in 1999 was not quite a memorable one, joins the team in 2009 as an assistant.

Reid has a long relationship with Pederson; stretching back to Reid's time in Green Bay. 

Pederson has seemingly found his calling as a coach; most recently becoming a successful high school coach in Shreveport, Louisiana. 

Pederson will essentially become a second quarterbacks coach; resuming the role of mentor to Donovan McNabb as well as to young Kevin Kolb.

These are just some of the vital pieces of the puzzle that make things fall into place for the Eagles on the field.  Without them, their own respective aspects of the team would be less efficient in getting the job done.

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