Eagles Make Coaching Staff Changes

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The Eagles announced three coaching staff moves today, the most significant of which is Bill Musgrave officially being named the new quarterbacks coach.

Michael Clay has been named defensive quality control coach, and Mike Dawson has been promoted from defensive quality control coach to assistant defensive line coach where he’ll work with Jerry Azzinaro.

We provided some background on Musgrave last week. The 46-year-old replaces Bill Lazor, who left to become the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator. Musgrave spent the past three seasons as the Minnesota Vikings’ offensive coordinator. This will be his second go-around with the Eagles. In 1998, Musgrave started out as an offensive assistant, but served as offensive coordinator for the final 10 games and called plays. The following year, he coached the Panthers’ QBs, and he was also Carolina’s offensive coordinator in 2000.

The next two years, he worked as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach/tight ends coach at Virginia. In 2003 and 2004, he was the Jaguars’ offensive coordinator. And in 2005, Musgrave coached the Redskins’ quarterbacks.

He was the Falcons’ quarterbacks coach from 2006 to 2010 and also held the title of assistant head coach by the end of his tenure there. Musgrave coached Michael Vick for one season (2006) in Atlanta and then worked with Matt Ryan.

He has West Coast offense roots as a player, but also believes in simplifying things.

“One thing I believe in is minimal verbiage, and we’ll make it very streamlined, we’ll make the formations easy to learn for the guys, because I believe in players playing fast,” he said, per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune back in 2011. “We don’t want them out there thinking what word was used for this or that. I know with the group of coaches that Les has put together we’ll put together a system that is easy for those guys to digest, and they’ll go out and cut it loose.”

Chip Kelly of course shares a similar philosophy, always looking for ways to simplify play-calls and push tempo on offense. Musgrave will obviously work closely with Nick Foles.

Musgrave played his college ball at Oregon and was drafted by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 1991 draft. The former QB was a backup with the 49ers from 1991 to 1994, before playing out his final two seasons with the Denver Broncos.

Clay, meanwhile, played for Kelly at Oregon. The 22-year-old earned second-team All-Pac 12 honors as a senior. He signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent last year, but did not make the team.

Dawson enters his second season on Kelly’s staff.

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  • theycallmerob

    So I guess if Kelly can’t get ’em on the roster, he gets ’em on the staff!

    All jokes aside, congrats to Clay. Hope he brings more violence.



    • GEAGLE

      Thanks for the intel

  • Sig

    I need my fix. Will some one give me a list of good eagles blogs other then this one. Thanks

    • Philip Soloninka
    • Adam

      Other than this one I frequent the following:




      http://www.mcnabborkolb.com/ (not frequently updated but a good read when it is)

      • GEAGLE

        Bleeding green is whack. Provides no original content. Every decent quote that you will ever see on that site will be covered here…

        • Token

          Its really mostly just recycling of the same thing. I basically come just to talk with other fans. I think at camp time this site does a better job than most tho.

          • GEAGLE

            They do have a few knowledgable fans over there…but all the ones worth talking to, I catch over on Blitz where it’s more concentrated on Knowledge and you don’t ever find any stupid drama…basically you will look dumb commenting on Lawlors site if you don’t know what you are talking about, get some really good drama free discussions over there

        • Adam

          I don’t agree, I like some of the guys over there. Not as good as here but not as bad as philly.com

          • GEAGLE

            What original content do they provide? Mike Kaye is a garbage amateur scout….much rather let Tom Lawlors oppinion into my brain then anything you can find over there. Actually you can find more knowledge in the comment section. Some of the fan posts people write are really good. They don’t get any original quotes. They don’t have anyone at the eagles press conference asking questions…basically the just provide their community with any major story you can find here, CSN philly or any site that reports news..if anything I like when they have a thread providing link to like 7 different stories on other sites…I was excited when Jimmy bama took over that site! but he quit shortly after because of the promotions he got!!!I actually hate all his promotions because bloggingthebeast used to be very inciteful…your track record has to mean something to me…and in terms of track record, I find the best track record of quality on here and blitz

      • anon

        I think chipwagon seems dormant sadly, but there’s lots of good ll-22 on there.

        eaglesreqind.com has good analytics sometimes.

        • GEAGLE

          I like Didinger. He is one of the view who have a voice that really knows the game, techniques and nuances that dictate if you are successful or not, I like that he doesn’t sugarcoat things and is a harsh critic. He wasn’t sold on the Chip hire at all, but he didn’t just keep hating to not retract his original opinion. he was very skeptical, but blown away by the coach Chip proved to be, and that means something..he doesn’t sugarcoat things, and isn’t a Rosey optimist…

          This offseason I’m trying to make an effort to only let certain opinions into my brain. I don’t need dudes who prove consistently wrong, clouding my judgements, So I’m basically eliminating 80% of talk radio! and the only people opinions I’m trying to allow into my brain this offseason are:
          Adam Caplan
          Hollis Thomas
          Tom LAwlor
          This unite
          Some Rueben franks(not all lol)
          Mayock at draft time

          • Andy124

            You forgot Andy124 on that list.

          • GEAGLE

            That’s a given

          • Richard Colton

            I like Didinger too – one of the guys on WIP i like. My only gripe with him is that he falls in love with college players and won’t let go – Stu Bradley for example.

      • theycallmerob

        Eaglesrewind is a good read too

        • A Roy

          They provide good mathematical analysis.

    • OldDocRoss

      I’d second the props for igglesblitz. Along with the guys here I think Lawlor gives some of the best insight into/analysis of the Eagles.

      Not really Eagles related, but I found fishduck.com was a great read last off-season when I was trying to get more info on Kelly and I still visit it fairly regularly.



    • Philip Soloninka

      This has to be your shortest, bleakest comment ever. Kind of depressing…

      • GEAGLE

        Don’t feel the need to crap on new Eagles, but these aren’t moves that excite me like getting Billy Davis,Azz,Stoutland,Minter and McGovern.. In fairness I’m only familiar with Musgrave, but I was never really impressed with Matt Ryan’s development…I’m not a Pessamist, and I’m not a Rosey optimist, just give me honest oppinion, and I don’t have much good to say right now, so I prefer to just wait and see and hope someone who knows better then me provides some intel to be excited about

        • peteike

          Its Ryans regression Falcons should be worried about ha. Someone likes to down vote everything you post, bitter much.

          • GEAGLE

            Kind of flattering. Gives me a big head :)

          • Andy124

            You’re welcome for that one. :)

          • GEAGLE

            Thank you kindly…

          • Richard Colton

            just wait until you get a posting wine glass – then you’ve made it

  • BrickSquadMonopoly

    A 22-year old defensive quality control coach?