The Philadelphia Eagles have made yet another change to their 2015 coaching staff. According to an announcement from the team, Brian Smith has been hired as the new assistant linebackers coach.
Smith has spent time on the New York Jets' staff since 2007, when he was hired to be an offensive quality control coach. He then shifted to being a defensive quality control coach in starting in 2011 before being promoted to assistant defensive backs coach in 2013. Smith spent time working with talented defensive minds such as Rex Ryan and Mike Pettine during his time in New York. The Jets hired former Cardinals and Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles as their head coach this offseason, so perhaps the new regime inspired Smith to look for a new job.
Smith's coaching career began in 2004 as a linebackers coach at the University of Massachusetts. Smith played at UMass from 1997-2000 as a defensive back. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly's New England bias strikes again!
The Eagles already have two linebackers coaches: inside linebacker coach Rick Minter and outside linebackers coach Bill McGovern. Smith will be an assistant to both.
The Eagles have made a number of coaching staff changes following the 2014 season. Recap them here.