Chip Kelly hires Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator, completes Eagles staff - Sports - Press of Atlantic City

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Chip Kelly hires Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator, completes Eagles staff

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New Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly announced his coaching staff Friday.

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, defensive coordinator Billy Davis and special-teams coordinator Dave Fipp lead a list of 20 coaches who will work under Kelly in 2013. Kelly will introduce the entire staff to the media Monday.

Kelly retained only two coaches from predeccesor Andy Reid's staff. Duce Staley will coach the running backs next season after working with special teams in 2012. Long-time Eagles running backs coach Ted Williams will be in charge of tight ends.

Five of the Eagles' new assistant coaches - Greg Austin (assistant offensive line), Jerry Azzinaro (defensive line/assistant head coach), Erik Chinander (assistant defensive line), Matt Harper (assistant special teams) and Todd Lyght (assistant defensive backs) - worked with Kelly at the University of Oregon.

Shurmur previously coached with the Eagles for 10 seasons (1999-2008). He just finished a two-year stint as Cleveland's head coach following two years as St. Louis' offensive coordinator. Considering Kelly is installing his own offense, however, Shurmur may not have as much influence as some of the league's other offensive coordinators.

Davis was Shurmur's linebackers coach in Cleveland the last two seasons. He previously served as defensive coordinator with San Francisco (2005-06) and Arizona (2009-10). There is a chance he will install a 3-4 defense, an alignment the Eagles have never used on a full-time basis.

Fipp was Miami's special-teams coordinator for the last two seasons after serving as San Francisco's assistant special-teams coordinator for three years.

In addition to Shurmur, Staley, Williams and Austin, the other offensive assistants include Bob Bicknell (wide receivers), Bill Lazor (quarterbacks), Justin Peelle (assistant tight ends), Jeff Stoutland (offensive line) and Press Taylor (offensive quality control).

Bicknell spent the last three seasons as Buffalo's tight ends (2010-11) and wide receivers coach (2012). Lazor most recentlywas the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Virginia but has seven years of NFL experience. Peelle is making his coaching debut after a 10-year NFL career as a tight end with San Diego (2002-05), Miami (2006-07), Atlanta (2008-10) and San Francisco (2011).

Stoutland was the offensive line coach at the University of Alabama the last two years.

Davis will work with Azzinaro, Chinander, Lyght and Mike Dawson (defensive quality control), John Lovett (defensive backs), Bill McGovern (outside linebackers) and Rick Minter (inside linebackers).

Lovett has about 40 years of experience as a college coach. He was the defensive backs coach at Texas Tech last season. He previously was a defensive coordinator at Miami, Bowling Green, Clemson, Auburn and Cincinnati. His NFL experience was as a defensive quality control coach for the New York Jets in 1984.

McGovern has been coaching for 27 years. He was Boston College's defensive coordinator the last four years. Minter was the University of Cincinnati's head caoch for 10 seasons (1994-2003). His last two seasons were spent as defensive coordinator at Kentucky.

The staff also includes Harper, Josh Hingst (strength and conditioning) and Shaun Huls (sports science coordinator).

In addition, the Eagles also promoted Chris Peduzzi to head athletic trainer. Peduzzi, who has been with the Eagles for 14 seasons, replaces Rick Burkholder, who left to join Reid in Kansas City.

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