According to a report from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan, the Philadelphia Eagles have a new quarterbacks coach, and it's not Jeff Garcia. Instead, it's former Boston College Eagles offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Ryan Day. Day replaces former Eagles quarterback coach Bill Musgrave, who was hired earlier in the week to be the new offense coordinator of the Oakland Raiders. Day is the third quarterbacks coach the Eagles have hired in as many seasons under head coach Chip Kelly.
It's no surprise to hear that Kelly shares a background with Day. The 35-year-old played quarterback for and coached with Kelly at the University of New Hampshire. Kelly and Day also went to the same high school. The two clearly know each other well.
Day, like Kelly before coming to Philadelphia, doesn't have any NFL experience. Here's a recap of his coaching experience, via BCEagles.com. As you can see, he has some (loose) Philly ties from having coached at Temple:
|2013-14||Boston College||Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks|
|2012||Temple||Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers|
|2007-11||Boston College||Wide Receivers|
|2005||Florida||Graduate Assistant (Offense)|
|2003-04||Boston College||Graduate Assistant (Offense)|
|2002||New Hampshire||Tight Ends|
Along with the familiarity factor, I can't help but imagine Kelly hired Day because of Boston College's team name. Forget Duck Bias, this is #EaglesBias.
Some felt that Musgrave didn't do a very good job in Philadelphia considering Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez combined led the NFL in turnovers. Sanchez will be a free agent but Foles will likely be back so it's up to Day to do his best.
Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports had some high praise for Day:
Tough loss for #BC. Ryan Day is considered by his peers as one of the rising stars in coaching. Now goes to work w/ his old buddy Chip Kelly— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 23, 2015
With Day in the fold, there are no longer any vacancies on the Eagles coaching staff (unless the team plans to replace former assistant defensive backs coach Todd Lyght.) Philadelphia announced some coaching changes earlier in the week: the team hired Cory Undlin as defensive backs coach and promoted Justin Peelle to tight ends coach.