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Eagles to Hire Dave Fipp as Special Teams Coordinator

Chip Kelly has wasted no time putting together his staff, and after only a week on the job it appears he’s nearly assembled it almost completely.

With the news that the Philadelphia Eagles had hired Pat Shurmur to be there next coach and Ed Donatell, possibly, to be their next defensive coordinator, 2/3 of the puzzle were complete. Now it seems it has all come full circle with the team hiring Miami Dolphins assistant special teams coach Dave Fipp to be their next special teams coordinator.

The Eagles have given no official announcement, but Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin announced that Fipp was leaving to join the Eagles staff under Chip Kelly. He was also seen wearing an Eagles hoodie at the Senior Bowl, signifying his transition.

Fipp, 38, coached in the college ranks for nearly a decade before joining Mike Nolan’s staff in San Francisco in 2008. When Mike Singletary was fired after the 2010 season, however, he chose to join Tony Sparano in Miami.

The Dolphins finished this season with the sixth-best punt return team and the third-best kick return team. They were also ranked No. 2 in Rick Gosselin’s special teams rankings, compared to the Eagles who ranked 28th under now-Raiders coordinator Bobby April.

The Eagles will hope to improve on that and try to return to the glory days of the early Andy Reid tenure, when now Super Bowl-bound head coach John Harbaugh led the Eagles’ special teams to perform at a very high level between 1998 and 2007.

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Categories: Beat Writing, Eagles

Author:Manav Khandelwal

I am the founder of Khandyman Sports, and follow all Philadelphia pro sports teams religiously. I also write for the Hoop76, covering the Sixers for ESPN, and am a credentialed Flyers reporter for Main Line Media News.

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