The Philadelphia Eagles are seemingly promoting defensive quality control/assistant defensive line coach Phillip Daniels (pictured above this article trying to tackle current Eagles running back coach Duce Staley) to defensive line coach. Daniels’ official Twitter account recently retweeted some tweets congratulating him on the promotion.
The Eagles had a vacancy due to former defensive line coach Chris Wilson’s contract expiring. It’s unclear if the Eagles didn’t want him back or he wanted to move on. Wilson was originally hired by Philly back in 2016.
Daniels was also hired as a member of Doug Pederson’s original coaching staff three years ago. The former NFL defensive end has spent the last three years as an assistant to Wilson.
The Daniels promotion is just another example of how the Eagles prefer to promote from within. Even the Eagles’ reported external hires this offseason (Matt Burke, Roy Istvan) have really close connections to current staff members. In other words, familiarity is highly valued by Pederson.
Here’s a snapshot of Daniels’ football resume:
1996-1999: Defensive end — Seattle Seahawks
2000-2003: Defensive end — Chicago Bears
2004-2010: Defensive end — Washington Redskins
2012: Director of player development — Washington Redskins
2016-2018: Defensive quality control/assistant defensive line coach — Philadelphia Eagles
Recapping reported Eagles coaching staff changes so far (not yet officially confirmed by the team):
Eagles wide receiver coach Gunter Brewer — Allowed to leave, hired by Louisville
Eagles assistant offensive line/tight ends/run game coach Eugene Chung — Contract not renewed
Eagles defensive line coach Chris Wilson — Contract expired
Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke — Hired by Eagles as a “top aide” to Jim Schwartz
Keiser University assistant head coach/offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Roy Istvan — Hired by Eagles as assistant offensive line coach
Arkansas offensive analyst/quarterbacks coach G.J. Kinne — Hired by Eagles as offensive assistant
Eagles assistant wide receivers coach Carson Walch — Promoted to Eagles wide receivers coach
Eagles defensive quality control/assistant defensive line coach Phillip Daniels — Promoted to Eagles defensive line coach
Alabama running backs coach Joe Pannunzio — Hired by Eagles for some kind of “off field” role