February 6, 2016 |
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Sean McDermott was fired by Andy Reid on the Tuesday after the end of the Eagles' 2010 season. The year ended with a playoff loss in January. Almost no one knew for days besides the two men. Reid wanted to keep it a secret. He wanted McDermott to have another job before the firing became public. It didn't quite work out that way. The news leaked four days later, but McDermott, in the interim, had already interviewed with the Broncos and Panthers. The former Eagles coach wanted to protect the then-36-year-old defensive coordinator.
January 31, 2016 |
If there was one thing former NFL head coach Jim Haslett learned from spending a season as a consultant at Penn State, it was learning how to deal with the 18-to-22-year-old player. Now 60 and holding a new job as linebackers coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, Haslett, a former head coach with the New Orleans Saints and the St. Louis Rams, discovered it's never too late to learn about communicating through social media. "It was a great experience for me personally just because I saw the coaches work with the young players nowadays," Haslett said last week in a telephone interview.
January 9, 2016 |
Dan Connor, a former star linebacker at Strath Haven and Penn State, was named football coach at Archbishop Carroll on Thursday. "I met with the players around noon," said the 30-year-old from Broomall. "It went well. They all came up afterward to shake my hand. It was encouraging. " Connor, who played six years in the NFL, was a linebackers coach at West Chester University for the last two seasons. "I'm happy for Carroll, but sad for us," said West Chester coach Bill Zwaan, who quarterbacked Carroll to the city championship in 1971.
September 18, 2015 |
WHEN YOU WAIT nearly three decades for something to happen, well, maybe at some point you start to wonder whether it actually will. Ray Priore came to Penn in 1987 to be the assistant outside linebackers coach for Ed Zubrow. He never left. The New York native has held six different positions since then, from special teams coordinator to recruiting coordinator to defensive coordinator and associate head coach. Along the way he's been a part of 10 Ivy League championships. When head coach Al Bagnoli left after last season, his 23rd in West Philly (only to resurface at Columbia in February)
September 12, 2014 |
On Tuesday afternoon, Dan Connor had just walked out from a linebackers and special-teams meeting. Nothing new about that. Connor had been in so many of them during six years in the NFL and for four years before that at Penn State, where he remains the all-time leading tackler. But this time, Connor, 28, was running the meeting as first-year linebackers coach at West Chester University. Connor figures he prepared for about an hour on what he wanted to cover as the Rams installed some new looks.
October 28, 2013 |
Bill McGovern remembers everything about the moment he learned Mark Herzlich might die. It was the spring of 2009. He had started driving away from a Staten Island high school, one more stop in a string of recruiting visits for Boston College's football program. He noticed a voice-mail message on his cellphone. It was from Herzlich's father, Sandy. McGovern was Boston College's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach then, and his best inside linebacker - hell, the best player on the team - was Herzlich, a native of Wayne, a graduate of Conestoga High School, a certain first-round selection in the 2010 NFL draft.
February 14, 2013 |
EAGLES FANS were surprised when new coach Chip Kelly hired Bill Davis as his defensive coordinator last week, and not just because Davis had been interviewed nearly 2 weeks earlier. In 4 years as a coordinator - 2 years at San Francisco followed by 2 in Arizona - Davis' teams finished 32nd, 26th, 20th and 29th in NFL defense. Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers was not surprised. Capers was d-coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1992, when Davis got his first NFL job there, as a quality control assistant.
February 11, 2013 |
If you are underwhelmed by the coaching staff Chip Kelly has assembled in the NovaCare Complex, you are not alone. Utilizing stealth and patience, Kelly lured coordinators Pat Shurmur and Billy Davis in an apparent attempt to re-create the magic that was the 2012 Cleveland Browns. But take heart. As long as no one says the words "wide nine" out loud, there is hope. The non-announcement of Davis as defensive coordinator Thursday gave, at long last, some public sign of what Kelly's defense will look like.
February 11, 2013
Here is the lowdown on the staff of new Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. Notice how many of them have ties to Oregon, where Kelly coached last season: Pat Shurmur, offensive coordinator: In his second tour with the Eagles, he returns after originally spending 10 seasons as the tight ends coach (1999-2001) and quarterbacks coach (2002-08). He most recently served as the head coach for the Cleveland Browns from 2011 to '12. Bill Davis, defensive coordinator: He has 21 years of NFL coaching experience and most recently worked as the Cleveland Browns linebackers coach from 2011 to '12. Dave Fipp, special teams coordinator: Fipp was the assistant special teams coach for the Miami Dolphins from 2011 to '12. Jerry Azzinaro, defensive line/assistant head coach: He served in the same roles on Kelly's staff at Oregon from 2009 to '12. Jeff Stoutland, offensive line: He was Alabama's offensive line coach the last two seasons after spending 14 years as an assistant coach at Miami (2007-10)
February 8, 2013 |
GREGG WILLIAMS thanked NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for reinstating him and he also apologized while taking "full responsibility" for his role in the New Orleans' bounty scandal. The NFL reinstated Williams on Thursday and the Tennessee Titans hired him as a senior defensive assistant. "I take full responsibility and apologize for my previous actions, and I've used this year to reorganize my life and put focus on positive energy and positive ways to inspire and coach and motivate in this profession," Williams said, reading from a statement.