The Philadelphia Eagles are hiring Indianapolis Colts tight ends coach Jason Michael to the same position on Nick Sirianni’s staff, according to a report from NFL insider Tom Pelissero. Michael, 42, is the oldest offensive coaching hire the Eagles have made thus far.
Michael played quarterback at Western Kentucky before starting his coaching career 18 years ago. Here’s a snapshot of his entire experience:
2003-2004 — Tennesee graduate assistant
2005 — Oakland Raiders quality control coordinator
2006 — New York Jets quality control coordinator and quarterbacks coach
2007 — New York Jets tight ends coach
2008 — Tennesee tight ends coach
2009-2010 — San Francisco 49ers offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach
2011-2013 — San Diego Chargers tights end coach
2014-2015 — Tennesee Titans offensive coordinator
2016-2017 — Tennesee Titans quarterbacks coach
2018 — Arizona Cardinals tight ends coach
2019-2020 — Indianapolis Colts tight ends coach
Michael has a relatively diverse background. He’s coached in both the college and NFL ranks (seven different teams). He has experience with quarterbacks in addition to tight ends. Michael even has some play-calling experience from when Ken Whisenhunt got fired by the Titans in 2015.
Michael’s recent accomplishments include overseeing Jack Doyle’s second Pro Bowl season and Mo Alie-Cox’s development from a college basketball player to a viable NFL tight end. Looking further back, Michael was the offensive coordinator for Delanie Walker’s first Pro Bowl season and he also notably worked with Antonio Gates.
Michael is replacing former Eagles tight end coach Justin Peelle, who previously held the position since 2015 and recently joined the Atlanta Falcons. By all indications, Peelle did a good job with the talented players he was given to work with in Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Brent Celek, and Trey Burton. The Eagles will hope there’s no drop-off under Michael.