Lyght Leaving Eagles Coaching Staff

Assistant defensive backs coach Todd Lyght is leaving the Eagles to become the cornerbacks coach at Vanderbilt, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Lyght was part of Chip Kelly’s original staff. He assisted defensive backs coach John Lovett with the secondary. Given the lack of talent in the back end, it’s tough to place too much blame on the individual assistants. But there’s no denying that the secondary was the weakest part of the defense.

Lyght is the first coach this offseason to leave Kelly’s staff. Last offseason, the Eagles lost quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor and defensive assistant Erik Chinander.


Meanwhile, the Texans have granted director of player personnel Brian Gaine permission to interview with the Eagles for their front-office opening, per Albert Breer of NFL Network.

Gaine has 16 years of experience. Prior to being hired by the Texans last offseason, he was with the Dolphins for six years, including two as assistant GM. Gaine has also spent time with the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys.

The 41-year-old recently interviewed for the Chicago Bears’ GM opening.

Earlier, we posted an update with all seven names that have been linked to the Eagles. The only two that have reported pending interviews are Gaine and Chris Polian.