Birds Shuffle Positions For 3 Assistants

Posted: January 23, 2001

The Eagles tweaked their coaching staff yesterday, announcing three shifts in personnel.

The most noticeable change was that of Steve Spagnuolo, who spent the last two years as a defensive assistant/quality-control coach. He was promoted to defensive backs coach and will join Leslie Frazier in coaching one of the Eagles' strongest positions.

Sean McDermott, formerly the assistant to head coach Andy Reid, also was promoted. He was given Spagnuolo's old job.

Bill Shuey, who had interned with the team during the last two training camps, was named the new assistant to the head coach. He is the third assistant Reid has had.

The Eagles did not offer an explanation for the moves. Promoting Spagnuolo to his duties with Frazier caused the shuffling of the other two posts. Before joining the Eagles, Spagnuolo had been the defensive coordinator for NFL Europe's Frankfurt Galaxy.

Spagnuolo has worked a lot with the defensive backs in the last two years and seems to have grasped the concept of the defensive coordinator's attacking scheme. Whether the Eagles are unhappy with Frazier is uncertain, but he has worked in one of the Birds' stronger areas and watched two players - cornerback Troy Vincent and free safety Brian Dawkins - make the Pro Bowl the last two seasons.

Jerry Brewer's e-mail address is jbrewer@phillynews.com

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