Several of the moves seem designed to give some additional clout (and maybe money) to offensive assistants who were already on the staff and can't really move up all that much, until Marty Mornhinweg gets another head-coaching gig, which obviously didn't happen this year.
Urban's move seems a bit odd, since the Eagles don't normally have assistant coordinators, but a team source said it was a promotion and will allow Urban to work with all position groups, not only the QBs.
It's notable that Staley, the former star running back, gets a full-time staff position after a year as a coaching intern. Not a lot of guys who made the kind of money Duce made during his career are willing to start at the bottom of the coaching ladder, putting in the extraordinary hours on relatively menial tasks it takes to move up.
Lynn, 54, played cornerback for UCLA and for the Jets. He joins the Eagles after a 5-year stint in San Francisco, working as the 49ers secondary coach. In 2009 and 2010, Lynn also held the title of special assistant to the head coach. From 1997-2003, Lynn worked as an assistant with the Giants, including the 2002 and 2003 seasons as defensive coordinator. Lynn also served as the secondary coach of the Baltimore Ravens (2004-05), the 49ers (1996), and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1994-95).
Culley, a part of the staff since 1999, apparently will have a greater role in game planning.
Urban joined the staff in 2004 as assistant to head coach Andy Reid. He then was offensive quality control assistant before taking over the quarterbacks 2 years ago.
Pederson played 12 years in the NFL, including the 1999 season with the Eagles. He was a high school head coach in Louisiana for 4 years before coming to the Eagles staff two seasons ago.
April has been an assistant at three colleges, last season at Nicholls State, where he coached safeties and special teams.
The Eagles also announced they have officially been awarded 5-8, 170-pound safety Isaiah Trufant off waivers from the Jets . . . Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton, one of the Super Bowl assistants many observers thought might interview for the Eagles' defensive coordinator job before the team awarded it to offensive line coach Juan Castillo, seems to be on the verge of becoming the Arizona defensive coordinator, the Arizona Republic has indicated.
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