Eagles Interview Duce Staley For Coaching Job
The Eagles interviewed Duce Staley for the head coaching vacancy yesterday, a source confirmed to Birds 24/7’s Tim McManus. The news was first reported by Ed Werder.
Staley has been the Eagles running backs coach since 2013, when he was elevated from being the special teams quality control coach after Chip Kelly was hired. Prior to his two years in that role, Staley was a coaching intern in Philadelphia in 2010. He also played for the Eagles from 1997 to 2003, before joining the Steelers for three seasons.
Staley’s 5,785 career rushing yards ranks fifth in franchise history, while his 7,305 total yards from scrimmage ranks sixth. He was named the Eagles’ offensive MVP three times, and he won a Super Bowl in Pittsburgh in 2005.
At least one former Eagle tweeted in support of Staley.
I’d play for Duce Staley in a New York minute.. I was impressed with his knowledge of blitz-up when he was a player!
— Jamaal Jackson (@CenterStage67) January 2, 2016
Pat Shurmur, meanwhile, hasn’t been interviewed yet.
No interview yet for Pat Shurmur, per source.
— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) January 2, 2016
Tim broke down some of the top coaching candidates for the Eagles job on Thursday, and Jeffrey Lurie explained on Wednesday what he’s looking for. Brandon Graham also said on Wednesday that he hopes the Eagles’ next coach has NFL experience.