Eagles Add Former Bills Head Coach Dick Jauron

Written By Bob Cunningham On Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Jauron's presence should have an instant impact.

Andy Reid has found a replacement for Brian Stewart as the team's secondary coach in former Buffalo Bills head coach Dick Jauron. Jauron held that post once before with the Green Bay Packers from 1992-1994 under Mike Holmgren while Reid was the team's offensive line coach.

Jauron, while not a very good head coach, is a fantastic assistant coach and should be a great addition to an already solid Eagles coaching staff that Reid has assembled. He will be charged with the duty of helping to pick and mold a starting free safety.

Whether that's in the draft, free agency, or a player already on the roster, Jauron will most likely have a say in who becomes the Eagles' free safety in 2010 along with Reid and defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.

The Eagles pass defense ranked a lowly 17th last season and even though a lot of that is on a lack of pressure, part of it also lies in a slowing-down Sheldon Brown and Asante Samuel taking too many chances. Joselio Hanson will also have to work on his zone coverage, along with strong safety Quintin Mikell.

Jauron was fired halfway through the 2009 season by the Bills after a 3-6 start. He was replaced by Perry Fewell and now by Chan Gailey, who the Bills hired last month to be their head coach in 2010 and, hopefully for them, beyond.

Taking the job with the Eagles might be a calculated effort by Jauron to regain attention as a possible head-coaching candidate, but if and until that day happens he should be a great addition for the Eagles next season.

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