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January 24, 2004 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Add a linebackers coach to the list of Eagles' needs for this off-season. After five seasons in that role with the Eagles, Ron Rivera left yesterday to take the job of defensive coordinator with the Chicago Bears. "It's a great opportunity for him," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "We appreciate everything he did here. He did a fantastic job in his five years with the Eagles. " No immediate replacement was named for Rivera. One possible in-house candidate is Sean McDermott, who assisted Rivera in working with the linebackers in 2002 when he was a quality control defensive assistant.
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January 26, 2011 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOBILE, Ala. - If the coordinator and the line coach were to be held accountable for the Eagles' defensive failures, surely the linebackers coach had to go, too. So must have gone the thinking when head coach Andy Reid axed Bill Shuey recently. While the Eagles did not confirm Shuey's departure until after it was reported on Tuesday, it actually occurred about the same time Sean McDermott and Rory Segrest were let go by Reid on Jan. 13. If the team's defensive backs coach was on the chopping block as well, the Browns' hiring of Dick Jauron as their defensive coordinator last week made his possible firing moot.
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February 1, 1991 | By Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
Rich Kotite rounded out his Eagles coaching staff yesterday by announcing the hiring of Jim Vechiarella as linebackers coach. Vechiarella, 53, worked this season as the defensive coordinator/ linebackers coach for the Cleveland Browns under Bud Carson. Carson was named the Eagles' defensive coordinator Monday, filling the vacancy created when Jeff Fisher took the same job with the Los Angeles Rams. Philadelphia marks the fifth stop that Carson and Vechiarella (pronounced vik-a-rell-ee)
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January 30, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sources have confirmed a CoachingSearch.com report that former Boston College assistant Mike Siravo will become Temple's next linebackers coach. The Rhode Island native will return to North Broad Street, where he served as the Owls linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator in 2006. At that time, new Temple head coach Matt Rhule was the Owls quarterbacks coach. Siravo, who played at Boston College, served as B.C.'s defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator for six years.
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January 29, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles interviewed Cleveland Browns linebackers coach Billy Davis for their defensive coordinator opening on Sunday, an NFL source said. The team had requested permission to meet with Davis last week but waited until Sunday to sit down with the 47-year old coach, according to the source. Davis has experience as an NFL defensive coordinator. Before he took the linebackers job in Cleveland in 2011, he was the Arizona Cardinals' coordinator from 2009-10. He also ran San Francisco's defense from 2005-06.
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January 23, 2007 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A byproduct of winning in the NFL has always been losing the people who helped you win. Eagles coach Andy Reid has learned to live with that fact, and he did so again yesterday when linebackers coach Steve Spagnuolo left Philadelphia to take the job of defensive coordinator with the NFC East rival New York Giants. Spagnuolo, 47, had worked with the Eagles since Reid took over as head coach in 1999. He initially held the title of defensive assistant, then was in charge of the defensive backs from 2001 to '03 before becoming the linebackers coach in 2004 after Ron Rivera left to become the defensive coordinator with the Chicago Bears.
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March 21, 2006 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
La Salle named Tim Miller, the school's linebackers coach last season, to replace Phil Longo as head football coach. Longo left earlier this month for a job as offensive coordinator at Division II Minnesota-Duluth. A 1988 Temple graduate who played linebacker for Bruce Arians, Miller also coached high school ball at North Penn, Wissahickon and Germantown Academy.
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December 28, 2005 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Temple's new football coach, Al Golden, yesterday named former Columbia assistant Mike Siravo as the Owls' recruiting coordinator and defensive assistant. The 29-year-old Siravo also will serve as secondary or linebackers coach. "I had the privilege of working with Mike Siravo while at Boston College," said Golden, who was the Eagles' linebackers coach from 1997 to '99. "I told him before I left BC that I hoped we would have the opportunity to work together in the future. " A linebacker at Boston College, Siravo joined the Eagles as a walk-on in 1994 and later earned a scholarship.
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November 9, 2006 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After playing for and coaching under Joe Paterno at Penn State, Temple coach Al Golden had an important decision to make in 2000. The first-year Owls coach, who will lead his squad into Beaver Stadium to face the Nittany Lions on Saturday, was asked yesterday about striking out on his own after coaching at Penn State for only that one season, as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator. Golden left the security of University Park to become the defensive coordinator and inside-linebackers coach at Virginia.
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February 6, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 31, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 9, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, Staff Writer
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.
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September 18, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
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)
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September 12, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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October 28, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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February 14, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
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.
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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)
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February 11, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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February 8, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
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.
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