Eagles running back coach Duce Staley will be the offensive coordinator for the East in this weekend’s East-West Shrine Game. This year the NFL is supplying the coaching staffs for the game, in previous seasons the Shrine Game used unemployed coaches, last year’s head coaches were former Falcons, Chargers, Hawaii and SMU head coach June Jones and former Notre Dame and Kansas head coach Charlie Weis.
The East’s head coach will be Cardinals defensive line coach Brentson Buckner, the West’s is Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards.
Joining Staley on the East’s staff is Eagles assistant QB coach Press Taylor as the QB coach, and Eagles assistant defensive backs coach Dino Vasso as the secondary coach. Former Eagle Hank Fraley, an assistant offensive line coach with the Vikings, is the West’s offensive line coach. All coaches in the Shrine Game were selected from a pool of coaches that were nominated by their teams for post-season recognition and further development as coaches.
"Very excited, very excited. It's a good opportunity for me to be in that role among some guys who I know," Staley said. "I'll be able to learn a lot as far as what offensive coordinators go through on gameday, the week leading up to the game. You can talk about being in those shoes, but you don't know it until you are. It's something that you figure out along the way, but once again, it's football. You take the good and the bad, you learn from it and move on."
A fan favorite as a player for the Eagles, Staley is well regarded by the Eagles as a coach. He was one of two offensive coaches retained by Doug Pederson and interviewed for the Eagles vacant head coach position a year ago.
Current Eagles Beau Allen, Brandon Brooks, Najee Goode, Josh LeRibeus, Rodney McLeod, Aziz Shittu, and Caleb Sturgis are Shrine Game alumni, as are former Eagles Seyi Ajirotutu, Clay Harbour, Emil Igwenagu, Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, and Earl Wolff.
The Shrine Game is at 3pm on Saturday on NFL Network.