Eagles sign special teams coach Michael Clay to an extension

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GLENDALE, AZ – OCTOBER 28: San Francisco 49ers assistant special team coach Michael Clay looks on in game action during an NFL game between the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers on October 28, 2018 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)

The Philadelphia Eagles have had a busy couple of weeks and have taken another step in cementing their coaching staff for the 2024 season. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Birds have signed special teams coach Michael Clay to a contract extension.

Eagles sign Michael Clay to a contract extension

Prior to joining the Eagles in 2021, Clay spent 5 years with the San Francisco 49ers. He joined the Birds as a special teams coach and helped guide the team to a Super Bowl berth one season later. Jake Elliott has put up some exceptional numbers under Clay’s guidance, and the team have even been able to find some ground in the return game, with Britain Covey breaking out in a big way for the Eagles in 2023.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 02: Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Britain Covey (41) participates in a drill during training camp on August 2, 2022 at the Novacare Complex in Philadelphia, PA (Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire)

In 2023, the Eagles led the NFL in punt return yards thanks to Covey’s breakout, ranking 2nd in yards per punt return.

The Eagles accounted for 322 special teams points last season, good enough to rank them 10th in the NFL.

It’s safe to say that life before Michael Clay was tumultuous at best. After Dave Fipp’s unit started to tail off, special teams became a real area of potential growth and Clay’s’ presence has certainly pushed he group back in the right direction.

Retaining Michael Clay is huge for the Eagles, who have now cemented their core of coaches for 2024. He’ll be back for next year alongside new coordinators Kellen Moore and Vic Fangio.

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