As was alluded to in the Daily News earlier this week, the Eagles have made some changes on their coaching staff, the team announced today.
James Urban, the offensive assistant/quality control, is taking over Pat Shurmur's role as the quarterbacks coach. Shurmur is now the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams. Ex-quarterback Doug Pederson will inherit Urban's old job.
Ted Daisher, who assisted John Harbaugh with the Eagles' special teams in 2004-05, is returning as the special teams coordinator. He replaces Rory Segrest, who is moving to defensive line coach, following the retirement of Pete Jenkins.
Wide receivers coach David Culley will assume a larger role in gameplanning and in the passing game in general, the team said.
None of these changes has anything to do with the situation involving defensive coordinator Jim Johnson'c cancer treatment. Officially, Johnson will continue in his job. Unofficially, if Johnson finds he is unable to continue, secondary coach Sean McDermott is next in line for the role. McDermott did not interview elsewhere for defensive coordinator jobs this month, though there was interest.
Last but certainly not least, to the strained wallets of season-ticketholders, is the ticket price increase the Birds announced today. A team spokesman said most tickets are going up $5 per ticket per game, with lower level end zone seats going up $10. The spokesman said the most expensive Eagles ticket will go from $90 to $95.
The Eagles ranked 15th in NFL ticket costs last season, when they did not raise prices. The spokesman said ticket buyers can put half their money down by March 15, then pay the rest by June 5.