Burke, 42, has previously worked with Schwartz. When Schwartz was defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans (2001 through 2008), Burke served as an administrative assistant (2004 through 2005) and defense quality control coach (2006 through 2008). Burke then joined Schwartz’s coaching staff in Detroit as the Lions’ linebacker coach (2009 through 2013).
After Schwartz’s staff was fired, Burke ended up coaching the Cincinnati Bengals’ linebackers for two years before joining Adam Gase’s Miami coaching staff in 2016. Burke was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2017 when Vance Joseph was hired away by the Denver Broncos.
For what it’s worth, the Dolphins’ 2018 defense ranked 25th in DVOA and the 2017 defense ranked 28th in DVOA. Not great! Unsurprisingly, Miami fans were not sad to see him go.
There’s been a desire for the Eagles to add a new offensive assistant to their coaching staff, and maybe they still will, but for now they’re unexpectedly adding a defensive assistant in Burke.