Doug Pederson is seemingly wasting no time putting his coaching staff together. The Philadelphia Eagles have already reportedly hired Ken Flajole and Tim Hauck as defensive assistants. Pederson is also reportedly eyeing up his top candidates for offensive and defensive coordinator. The latest Eagles coaching rumor indicates the team will keep some assistants from Chip Kelly's staff. Per FootballScoop.com:
Source tells FootballScoop Doug Pederson plans to retain offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, running backs coach Duce Staley and special teams coordinator Dave Fipp.
It's already been reported that the Eagles are keeping defensive backs coach Cory Undlin, so that makes four.
These names aren't surprising because it was already reported that the Eagles wanted to keep these coaches. Here's what we wrote about each at the time:
Fipp has done a great job overseeing a special teams unit that ranked No. 1 in 2014 and finished 10th in 2015. Keeping him around would be ideal.
Staley actually interviewed for the Eagles' head coaching job and has been around since the Andy Reid era.
Philadelphia's secondary improved under the guidance of Undlin. Malcolm Jenkins had a Pro Bowl worthy year, Walter Thurmond made a successful transition from cornerback to safety, rookie Eric Rowe showed major improvement, and even journeyman E.J. Biggers looked serviceable at times.
One can theorize the presence of Stoutland explains why the Eagles barely addressed the offensive line during Kelly's tenure. The Eagles seemed to think Stoutland could manage to get the most out of lesser players.
It's not unprecedented to see assistant coaches held over from previous regimes. Staley and former tight end coach Ted Williams both survived the house cleaning when the Eagles fired Andy Reid.
It's obviously paramount that Pederson hires a good coaching staff. He's a rookie head coach and he's going to need strong support around him.