Eagles special teams coach Dave Fipp follows Duce Staley to Detroit

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – NOVEMBER 15: Philadelphia Eagles punter Cameron Johnston (1) holds the ball for Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott (4) during the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants on November 15, 2020 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

According to a report from Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Duce Staley won’t be the only Eagles Coach moving to the Motor City. Special teams coach Dave Fipp is following suit.

Fipp originally joined the Eagles in 2013 and has withstood every second of turbulence since. His unit grew into one of the most efficient in the NFL, with Jake Elliott and Cameron Johnston surging into record books across the board. Before that, his group put up seven touchdowns in 2014.

However, this season was a little more disappointing. Jake Elliott’s form was sporadic at best (73.7% field goal percentage) and there seemed to be an odd use of players on kickoff and punt returns, while coverage lacked.

It’s nice that Fipp will get a fresh start, but also a little sad. Many of the Eagles’ brightest standouts earned their stripes on his unit. From Alex Singleton to Greg Ward Jr., Fipp has been able to help individual talent through the ranks since his arrival in Philadelphia.

How the Eagles replace Dave Fipp will be interesting. They’re yet to promote someone in-house in what appears to be a change of heart from Jeffrey Lurie and the front office. Could we see another Indianapolis Colts coach headed to Philly?

This is just another coaching vacancy that the Eagles have to fill. Duce Staley, the teams’ former RB coach, left for Detroit yesterday. The Birds already have new offensive and defensive coordinators along with Nick Sirianni, so signing a new special teams coach means that all three phases of the game are accounted for in what’s becoming a mini rebuild.

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