Head Coach Reid's Staff is Now Complete
|The Eagles offensive coaching staff was named early in
the process for new head coach Andy Reid. A day after his introduction as the head
coach, Reid hired Dowhower as offensive coordinator, and Brad Childress as quarterbacks
coach. He would later add wide receivers coach David Culley, tight ends coach
Pat Shurmur and quality control coach Tom Melvin. Running backs coach Ted Williams
was retained from fired coach, Ray Rhodes, staff. He was credited with the
development of Duce Staley. In addition toWilliams, offensive line coach Juan
Castillo, and special teams coach John Harbaugh were retained from the old staff.
The unique thing about Castillo was Reid received high praise from several of the
veteran lineman on the team. That was a critical part in Reid adding him to his
staff. The other two offensive coaches added were tight ends coach Pat Shurmur and
quality control coach Tom Melvin
On the other side of the ball, the Eagles completed their staff this past weekend by naming Jim Johnson as the new defensive coordinator and Tommy Brasher as the defensive line coach. Along with them came a few ex-Bears players, from the '86 Super Bowl team as coaches. Ron Riveria, former linebacker for the Bears, was hired as the linebackers coach, and former Bear Leslie Frazier was brought in as the secondary coach. Steve Spagnuolo was hired as the defensive quality control assistant.
With his staff now in place, Reid and his coaches can concentrate on turning around the Eagles fortune. They spent last weekend in Mobile, Alabama, evaluating players who will be in the upcoming NFL draft. Next they will be reviewing films on current players on the team and the small pool of free agents who will test the market.
Fans will be keeping an eye on Reid and Modrak as they try to mold a championship in Philadelphia. We won't know much until the preseason starts in mid-August.