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Eagles hire new assistant defensive line coach

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Philadelphia’s football team sure loves familiarity.

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The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced a bunch of changes to their coaching staff and front office on Monday but they made one more addition on Tuesday. The Eagles are hiring Nathan Ollie to be their assistant defensive line coach.

Philly had a vacancy at that spot after recently removing “assistant” from Phillip Daniels’ previous title and promoting him to defensive line coach.

Ollie’s connection to the Eagles is that he overlapped with 2017 first-round pick Derek Barnett at Tennessee. From his bio:

Nathan Ollie joins the Eagles coaching staff from Eastern Kentucky where he spent the 2018 season as the team’s defensive line coach. Prior to his year at Eastern Kentucky, Ollie served as a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee from 2015-17. During his time at Tennessee, Ollie worked with Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett, who set a new school record with 33 career sacks, surpassing the previous record of 32 set by Pro Football Hall of Famer and Eagles legend Reggie White (1980-83). Ollie played on the defensive line at Ball State from 2010-13. A three-time All-Mid-American Conference selection, he served as a captain as a senior in 2013 and was also named the team’s defensive MVP.

Back when the Eagles needed a defensive line coach in 2016, they hired Fletcher Cox’s former college defensive line coach (Chris Wilson, whose contract was not renewed this offseason). When the Eagles needed an assistant defensive line coach in 2019, they hired someone who used to work with Barnett. It’s almost like there’s a pattern here?

Once again, you can [CLICK HERE] to view all the Eagles’ coaching and front office changes.