Examining the Philadelphia Eagles' 2009 Coaching Staff

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Examining the Philadelphia Eagles' 2009 Coaching Staff

Here is an overview of the coaching staff of the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

Andy Reid- Head Coach, VP of Football Operations

After Andy Reid finished playing football at BYU (Brigham Young University), he became a graduate assistant in 1982.

Following a one year stint, he became the offensive line coach for several colleges around the country, including San Francisco State (1983-1985), Northern Arizona University(1986), UTEP(1987-1988), and then the University of Missouri (1989-1991).

Andy Reid finally earned his first NFL job in 1992, after almost a decade of coaching at the college level.  He was hired as an offensive line/tight end assistant of the Green Bay Packers, who were then coached by the legendary Mike Holmgren. 

Mike Holmgren influenced Reid, and taught him the philosophies of the west coast offense, which Reid eventually brought to Philadelphia.  Reid impressed Holmgren so much that in 1996 Holmgren placed the "supervisory" tag on Reid to prevent NFL clubs from hiring him as anything other than a head coach unless given permission.  

Reid then spent two seasons as the quarterbacks coach, working with Bret Favre and coaching him during his 1997 M.V.P. campaign.  Other players to have success under Reid's coaching in Green Bay included Mark Chmura and Keith Jackson, who both made the pro bowl under Reid's watch.

Two seasons later (1999), he became the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, replacing the departed Ray Rhodes.  Jeff Lurie was amazed at Reid's ability to absorb information and then spit it back out as though he was reading straight from an encyclopedia. 

What really sold Reid to Lurie were his notebooks filled with plays, philosophies, and information from Mike Holmgren on how to build a winning team.

This was an unusual hiring at the time, because defensive and offensive coordinators were typically hired as head coaches.  Positional coaches were commonly thought to be ill prepared to lead an entire team, since most of them only had experience coaching a specific position.

However, Reid's hiring and his soon followed success quickly changed all of this.  In today's NFL, owners are no longer reluctant to hire positional coaches, and it is actually common practice throughout the league.  This comes from the direct result of Andy Reid's success coaching the Eagles.

In his decade long tenure as head coach of the Eagles, Andy Reid has set a franchise record for wins (96), winning percentage (.608), and playoff victories (10). 

He also is well known for his ability to hire assistants.  Three of his former assistants are now head coaches, with Brad Childress in Minnesota, John Harbaugh in Baltimore, and Steve Spagnuolo in St. Louis. 

Childress and Harbaugh have both made the playoffs with their teams, while Spagnuolo is going into his first year with the Rams after winning the Super Bowl as the Giants defensive coordinator.

Andy's knowledge as a talent evaluator is also impressive.  He has sent 19 players to 44 pro bowls, and has experienced a lot of success in the NFL draft.  Three of his eight first round picks have been to multiple pro bowls, with Donovan McNabb going to five, and Shawn Andrews and Lito Shepherd going to two each. 

Brodrick Bunkley and Mike Patterson were also two first round picks of Reid, and they now anchor what was the No. 3 overall defense last season.  Corey Simon also had some success in the NFL before his career was ruined with injuries.

The only true busts Reid has taken in the first round are wide receiver Freddie Mitchell and defensive end Jerome McDougal.

Reid probably had his best draft in 2002, as he hit the jackpot with his first four picks—Lito Sheppard, Sheldon Brown, Michael Lewis, and Brian Westbrook

One of the most successful coaches of the past decade, Reid has lead the Eagles to five NFC championships in the last eight years and one Super Bowl appearance, though he has yet to win the Lombardi trophy as a head coach. 

 

Marty Mornhinweg- Offensive Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach

Marty Mornhinweg started four years at quarterback for Montana University. 

He then held down several different coaching jobs at many colleges around the country, including a job at Montana as the receivers coach (1985), a graduate assistant at UTEP(1986-1987), a running backs coach at Northern Arizona(1988 and 1994), an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at SE Missouri State (1989-1990), and he was also a tight end/offensive line coach at Missouri (1991-1993).

He started his NFL career in 1995 as an assistant coach with the Green Bay Packers, and it ended up being the third time he had coached alongside Andy Reid (they also spent time together at UTEP and Missouri).

In 1996, he was the Packers quarterback coach, and he helped guide Bret Favre to an M.V.P. award and a Super Bowl win. 

San Francisco then hired Marty as their offensive coordinator, where he worked from 1997-2000.  In 1998, the 49ers became the first team since the 1941 Chicago Bears to lead the league in gross passing and rushing yards.

Mornhinweg earned a head coaching job with the Lions in 2000, and compiled a 5-27 record over two years.  After he was fired Reid brought him in as a "senior offensive assistant," since Brad Childress was still the offensive coordinator.

Marty succeeded Brad Childress as the offensive coordinator after he left for the Vikings head coaching job in 2004, and he has endured a lot of success. 

Last season he helped the Eagles set a franchise record for the most points scored in a single season with 416, despite having injured players at multiple positions.  Donovan McNabb also set career highs with 345 completions and 3,916 yards.

In 2007, Marty coached an Eagles offense that finished sixth in the entire NFL with 358.1 total yards of offense per game.  Brian Westbrook also lead the league in total scrimmage yards with 2,104, which is also a franchise record. 

In 2006, the Eagles set a team record with 6,103 total net yards of offense, despite McNabb getting injured halfway through the season.  Philadelphia led the NFL with 74 plays of 20-yards-or-more (18 of those went for touchdowns), while scoring 398 points, the second most in team history. They also led the NFL in yards per play (6.2) and ranked fifth in yards per rush attempts (4.8).

Marty Mornhinweg is heading into his seventh season, and he is looking to continue upon his past success.

 

Jim Johnson- Defensive Coordinator

Jim Johnson's coaching career stretches out over the course of 42 years.  He started in 1967, as the head coach of Missouri Southern, three years after a short two year career with the Buffalo Bills as a Tight End. 

Two years after coaching Missouri, he spent four years at both Drake University (1969-1972) and Indiana University (1973-1976).

In 1977, Johnson landed a job as the secondary coach of Notre Dame.  The very next year he was promoted to defensive coordinator, and he coached at that position for six seasons (1978-1983).

Jim Johnson then spent two years in the USFL, one with the Oklahoma Outlaws and the other with the Jacksonville Bulls.  After having success with both of those teams, he started getting noticed in the NFL.

He started his NFL career with the St. Louis Cardinals, who brought him in as the defensive line coach in 1986.  After four seasons, he began coaching the secondary, where he helped Aeneas Williams build the reputation he has today.   

The Indianapolis Colts hired Johnson as their defensive line coach in 1994 after Vince Tobin left to become head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.  Johnson stayed there until he was hired as a linebackers coach by the Seattle Seahawks in 1998. 

Johnson received a lot of credit for the success that Seattle had that year on defense.  That season, the Seahawk's defense scored 10 touchdowns, with eight of them coming on interceptions, the second most in NFL history. 

Considering how Johnson compiled success as a secondary, defensive line, and linebackers coach, he was a perfect fit for a job as a defensive coordinator, which encouraged Andy Reid to hire him as one in 1999. 

It turned out to be a great hire, because Johnson has been arguably the best defensive coordinator this past decade.  

His defenses have produced 26 Pro Bowl selections: Brian Dawkins (7), Troy Vincent (5), Jeremiah Trotter (4), Hugh Douglas (3), Lito Sheppard (2), Trent Cole (1), Asante Samuel (1), Michael Lewis (1), Corey Simon (1), and Bobby Taylor (1).

Since 2000, Johnson's units rank second in the NFL with 390 sacks, second in the league in third-down efficiency (34.0 percent) and red zone touchdown percentage (43.9 percent), and fourth in fewest points allowed (17.7 per game).

Putting the Gaudy statistics aside, Johnson is highly regarded as one of the NFL's brightest defensive minds.  Other defensive coordinators around the league study Johnson play-calling and how he adjusts to certain offensive formations.

 

Ted Daisher - Special Teams Coordinator

Ted Daisher has 22 seasons of experience as an assistant coach in the collegiate ranks. He's coached at East Carolina (2001-02), Indiana (1998-2000), Army (1995-97), Cincinnati (1989-92), Eastern Michigan (1985-88), Northern Illinois (1980-84), and Illinois (1979).

He started out with the Eagles, and was the special teams quality control coach from 2004-2005 under the current head coach of the Ravens, John Harbaugh. 

He then he went on to coach Oakland's special teams in 2006. 

The following two seasons he was the special teams coordinator of the Cleveland Browns, which produced three pro bowl players (kick returner/punt returner Josh Cribbs, kicker Phil Dawson, and long snapper Brian Pontbriand) in 2007.

This will be his first year as the special teams coordinator in Philadelphia, and he should have success with the talented return men the Eagles have on the roster.

 

Juan Castillo - Offensive Line Coach

Juan Castillo has coached with the Eagles for 15 years, and has spent 12 years as the offensive line coach.

He is well known throughout the league as one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL.  He has turned five undrafted free agents into very solid starters including the current starting center Jamaal Jackson.  The other four players are Hank Fraley, Artis Hicks, Bubba Miller, and Steve Edwards.

Castillo is one of only four coaches to be held over from the Ray Rhodes era into the Andy Reid era. 

In college, he coached the offensive line at Texas A&M Kingsville from 1982-1985 and 1990-1994.  He was also an assistant coach at Kingsville(Texas) High School from 1986-1989.  From 1995-1996 he was an offensive assistant with the Eagles, and he coached the tight ends in 1997.  From 1998 onward, he has been the offensive line coach.

 

Tom Melvin- Tight Ends Coach

Melvin was hired by the Eagles as an offensive assistant/quality control coach 11 years ago, and he has held the title of a Tight Ends Coach for the past eight seasons.  He helped develop L.J. Smith, who caught 249 passes and 19 touchdowns (including playoffs) over his first six seasons.

Tom was an offensive lineman during his playing days, and he played for San Francisco State from 1982-1983.  He then became a graduate assistant in 1984, and from 1986 to 1987 he coached the running backs, offensive lineman, and tight ends at Northern Arizona.

UC- Santa Barbara hired him as their offensive coordinator in 1988, and he coached their until assuming the offensive coordinator duties at Occidental College in 1991.  He was then hired by the Eagles as an offensive assistant and quality control coach in 1999 and started coaching the Eagles tight ends in 2002.

 

David Culley- Wide Receivers Coach

Culley has 31 years of coaching experience, and has spent 16 years in the NFL, including 11 years as the Eagles wide receivers coach.

He was also the wide receivers coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1996-1998) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1994-1995).

During his tenure, the Eagles have only had two one thousand yard receivers in Kevin Curtis and Terrell Owens.  However that figures to change quickly with the emergence of DeSean Jackson and the drafting of Jeremy Maclin. 

Culley did a solid job in coaching Jackson last year, and will probably have similar success with Maclin this season.

Before he started coaching, he was a four year starter at quarterback for Vanderbilt University from 1973-1977.

 

Ted Williams- Running Back Coach

Ted Williams has been with the Eagles for 15 years, and has spent 13 of them as the running backs coach.  He is also one of the four coaches held over from the Ray Rhodes era.

Williams has helped Brian Westbrook turn into one of the best running backs in the game.  Under his tutelage, Westbrook set a franchise record for total scrimmage yards with 2,104.  He has also had success with Duce Staley and Correll Buckhalter.

He has helped produced a one thousand yard rusher six times, with three of those seasons belonging to Staley and two of them belonging to Westbrook. 

Prior to coaching with the Eagles, he was the linebackers/running backs coach for UCLA from 1980-1989.  He helped develop all- American linebackers such as Ken Norton Jr. and Carnell Lake, as well as quite a few running backs.

He also coached at Washington State from 1991-1993 as the offensive coordinator and running backs coach and Arizona in 1994 as the secondary coach. 

 

James Urban- Quarterbacks Coach

Urban is entering his first year as the quarterbacks coach after spending two years as a quality control coach.  He is replacing Pat Shurmur, who followed Steve Spagnuolo to the Rams and became the offensive coordinator.

Urban is a young coach, but he plans to follow in the footsteps of Pat Shurmur.  His carer started in 1997, where he was a graduate assistant at Clarion after being a wide receiver/kick returner for Washington and Lee college from 1992-1995.

He then was the director of football operations for Pennsylvania from 1999-2003 and was hired as an assistant head coach by the Eagles in 2004.

 

Rory Segrest- Defensive Line Coach

Segrest has spent the past two seasons as the special teams coordinator.  Last season the Eagles enjoyed a lot of success in special teams, as Quintin Demps was second in franchise history with 1314 return yards and DeSean Jackson was third in the NFL with 440 punt return yards.  Each also scored a touchdown on kick/punt returns.

Segrest has never coached the defensive line on the NFL level, but he has coached at defensive line for Southeast Missouri State (1991-2001) and Samford (2002-2005), where he was also the special teams coordinator. 

While he might be a bit inexperienced, he will definitely learn quite a few things from Jim Johnson.  Obviously the Eagles and Jim Johnson wouldn't have selected Segrest if they didn't have faith in him.  He has the faith of the front office, and he will have something to prove next season.

 

Bill Shuey - Linebackers Coach

Bill Shuey was a quality control coach for his first five seasons as a quality control coach.  From 2003-2006 he was an offensive assistant/quality control coach, then in 2007 he moved over to be a defensive assistant/quality control coach. 

After learning the ropes about the linebackers in 2007, he assumed the linebackers coaching after former linebackers coach Sean McDermott moved to the secondary.

He did a very solid job last year, as Stewart Bradley had a pro bowl caliber year.  Chris Gocong also made strides and Akeem Jordan played well when he replaced Omar Gaither in the starting lineup. 

He started out as an intern for the Eagles training camps in 1999 and 2000, and worked his way up from there. 

Shuey is a young guy and he has gained the confidence of both Andy Reid and Jim Johnson, and he could have a very bright future in the NFL.

 

Sean McDermott- Secondary Coach

McDermott has been a linebacker in secondary coach in his 11 years with the Eagles.  He has learned the ins and the outs of Jim Johnson's defensive scheme, and while Jim Johnson takes his indefinite leave of absence to fight cancer, McDermott will assume control of the defense.

Johnson figures to be back this season, but if anything unfortunate happens, the defense shouldn't skip a beat with McDermott.

 

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