Reporting Ed Benkin
By Ed Benkin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – With much of the attention focused on Chip Kelly, the Eagles assistant coaches are also keeping busy.
The changes which engulfed the Eagles during the off-season are evident with several new faces on the coaching staff. Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmer spent the last two seasons as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, but is excited to work with Kelly and his fast-paced attack.
“He has a very strong vision in terms of what he wants the offense to look like,” said Shurmer. “He works extremely well with the players. He’s very firm and he’s very demanding.”
There are changes on defense as the Eagles continue to move towards a hybrid form of a 3-4 alignment. Defensive Coordinator Bill Davis insists that he will make the most out of his players’ strengths as the off-season progresses.
“It will absolutely be about the personnel we’re working with,” Davis said. “That’s the way I’ve been trained by my whole career. It’s about who you have and what they do best.”
The rest of the staff continues to work with the players in their respective units. One area to watch will be the offensive line, where several players are returning from injuries. Offensive Line Coach Jeff Stoutland says his injured players are making strong progress.
“You wouldn’t know Jason Peters had an injury,” said Stoutland. “You wouldn’t know it with (Todd) Herremans. These guys have done an unbelievable job of taking care of themselves and rehabbing.”
The Eagles have another OTA scheduled for next week, which will be followed by a mini-camp the first week of June.