Formerly a wide receivers coach at Vanderbilt, he’s had three separate stints at the collegiate level. One with Texas Tech, and another with Auburn.
For context, here’s how the leading receiver fared in each team he’s positionally coached the receivers:
2019: Kalijah Lipscomb: 511 yards, 4 TD, 13 games
2018: Kalijah Lipscomb: 916 yards, 9 TD, 10 games
2017: Christian Kirk: 919 yards, 10 TD, 13 games
2016: Christian Kirk: 928 yards, 9 TD, 13 games
2015: Christian Kirk: 1,009 yards, 7 TD, 13 games
2014: Sammie Coates, 741 yards, 4 TD, 13 games
2013: Sammie Coates, 902 yards, 7 TD, 13 games
He’s also coached up draft picks such as Josh Reynolds, Ricky Seals-Jones, and Damion Ratley.
The most important thing here is that the Eagles finally find some stability at the position. They’ve had a different WR coach in each of their last five seasons and to say it’s probably impacted the growth of names like Nelson Agholor, Mack Hollins, or any wideout for that matter, would be fair. The WR position has come under fire for so long now, it’s absolutely imperative that the Eagles establish a coach who can develop the players over a long period of time, as opposed to bringing in constant new ways of doing things along with different aims and expectations.
A former Indianapolis Colt, Breiner coordinated Mississippi State’s passing game, where names like Tommy Stevens did ‘okay’ under his guidance.
However, what is interesting to note is that during his first season at MSU, he helped Nick Fitzgerald lead the FBS in 100+ rushing yard games by QB’s. We know the Eagles now have an emphasis on getting Wentz into open space and perhaps this kind of mentality can only aid that new plan.
It appears as though the Eagles are adopting a ‘coordinator by committee’ approach. It’s not a bad move, especially if they couldn’t bring in the big-name they wanted. But is it the right move?
Entering his fourth-year on the Eagles coaching staff, he originally rejoined the team in 2017 as an offensive quality control/assistant offensive line coach before earning the promotion to assistant running backs coach in 2019.
Between his arrival in 2013 and his return in 2017, he returned to Oregon (Now it makes sense…) as a graduate assistant/linebackers coach for two years. His progression has been positive and learning under Jeff Stoutland can only bring further development to a bright young coach.
It looks as though offense isn’t the only area getting a makeover.
Vasso was formerly the team’s assistant secondary coach during that iconic Super Bowl-winning campaign. One where the Eagles actually produced 31 takeaways and allowed the fewest touchdowns by an Eagles team since 2008.
Vasso has spent most of his time working with the secondary, even dating back to his days in Kansas City and with a defensive run-game coordinator, it appears as though the Eagles are placing a real emphasis on adding extra eyes into the mix and sharing responsibility.
Perhaps there are significant areas the team wish to focus on and they deem the best way in doing so is to assign new assistant coaches. It’s promising that there’s a real desire to improve and add a more rigid structure in a bid to ensure stability.
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