The big news we’ve all been waiting for is finally here: the Philadelphia Eagles have their Duce Staley replacement.
The team is hiring Kentucky running backs coach/special teams coordinator as Nick Sirianni’s new assistant head coach/running backs coach, according to a report from Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio.
Singleton, 45, played running back at the United States Air Force Academy before getting into coaching. Here’s a snapshot of his extensive experience:
2000 — Air Force prep assistant
2003-2005 — Air Force varsity assistant
2006-2010 — Air Force running backs coach
2011-2014 — Oklahoma State running backs coach
2015 — Arkansas running backs coach/special teams coordinator
2016-2017 — Indianapolis Colts running backs coach
2018 — Oakland Raiders running backs coach
2019-2020 — Cincinnati Bengals running backs coach
2021 — Kentucky running backs coach/special teams coordinator (hired in January)
Singleton doesn’t have an obvious connection to the Eagles’ new head coach but he did coach Marlon Mack in 2017 before Sirianni arrived in 2018. Perhaps Mack, whom Sirianni also coached, put in a good word for Singleton.
Our associates over at Cincy Jungle found it a little curious that the Bengals moved on from Singleton this offseason. Running back was one of the rare bright spots with “the emergence of Samaje Perine and the re-emergence of Giovani Bernard.”
It’s interesting that the Eagles are giving out the assistant head coach title to Singleton. Staley didn’t earn that bump until after spending five full seasons as a position coach in Philly.
The Eagles have yet to officially announce Singleton’s coaching staff hires but most of them have been reported by now. Running backs coach was the glaring omission prior to the Singleton news.