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Eagles hire Dave Fipp as special teams coordinator

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The Eagles aren't confirming hires of Chip Kelly's staff until the entire group is finished, but you don't have to look much further than the sidelines of the Senior Bowl to see who some of the new guys are. One is former Dolphins assistant special teams coordinator Dave Fipp, who has been hired as the new Eagles special teams coordinator. The move was confirmed by Miami head coach Joe Philbin.

Fipp has all the makings of a fine up and coming special teams coordinator and has worked in some fantastic systems. He joined the Dolphins in 2011 and helped turn them around from the 24th ranked ST unit to #2 in 2011 (according to Rick Gosselin's yearly ranking). The Dolphins trailed only the 49ers, which is where Fipp happened to work the year prior.

Fipp was a standout special teams player himself at Arizona and has been coaching defense and special teams since 1998. He has served as a defensive coordinator at the college level, but this will be his first coordinator level gig in the NFL. He's been an assistant special teams coach since 2008.

As Ruben Frank points out, Fipp and Kelly have known one another for years.

Obviously, you never know how a guy will respond when he makes the jump up to boss, but Fipp was clearly on a track to be a coordinator and has certainly earned the job. He's got a big task ahead rehabbing an Eagles special teams that hasn't been good since John Harbaugh was running it.