Defensive assistant leaves Eagles

Brian Stewart is heading back to Texas.

Stewart, who joined the Eagles staff last offseason after being fired as the Dallas Cowboys' defensive coordinator, has been named defensive coordinator at the University of Houston.

“We thank Brian for the job he did this past year in Philadelphia," Eagles coach Andy Reid said in a statement. "He’s a good football coach and he’s well deserving of this new opportunity. He will bring a great deal of coaching experience to the already strong football staff at the University of Houston. We wish Brian and his family all the best.”

In a statement released by the University of Houston, Stewart said, “I think Coach [Kevin] Sumlin has done a great job at Houston, and I am glad to join his staff,” Stewart said. “Obviously, his offense is one of the best in the nation and scores a lot of points. What that does for the defense, is that it puts us in a position to attack and put a tremendous amount of pressure on the quarterback.

“Plus, I am excited about coming back to the city of Houston. This city is a hotbed for talent with an opportunity for UH to be a consistent winner. I would like to be a head coach some day, so being a successful coordinator in a successful program in a large city like Houston will put me in line to do so.”

Stewart has been in the NFL since 2001 after nine years as a college coach.