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Eagles hire an assistant coach who used to work with Pat Shurmur

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Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles haven't publicly announced a new head coach yet, but apparently they've started to make assistant coaching hires. In a press conference on Thursday, UTEP coach Sean Kugler revealed Ken Flajole will not be joining the Miners as originally expected. Instead, he's been hired in some role with the Eagles.

It's instantly worth noting that Flajole was the St. Louis Rams' defensive coordinator from 2009 to 2011, which overlapped with Pat Shurmur's tenure as offensive coordinator from 2009-2010.

So ... perhaps this is a sign the Eagles are really going to hire Shurmur as their next head coach. A report from Wednesday night said the Eagles are giving "real consideration" to promoting from within.

Shurmur isn't the only possibility here. After missing out on Tom Coughlin, ESPN's Adam Schefter said the Eagles are pursuing Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson to be their new head coach. Pederson and Shurmur spent time together in Philadelphia when the former was still playing in the league, so it's possible he could be keeping Shurmur on staff. The Eagles haven't shown any interest in Josh McDaniels, but it could also be pointed out he worked with Flajole in St. Louis as well.

In any case, the fact that the Eagles are already hiring assistant coaches seems to indicate they already have a head coach in place. Now it's just a matter of: who is it?