Bill Shuey was wearing an Eagles jacket and standing on the sideline Monday at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., evaluating players.
He told a Daily News reporter that the evaluations were made more difficult by not knowing who the Eagles defensive coordinator would be.
Today, a team source has confirmed, Shuey is among the many coaches at the Senior Bowl looking for work. The Eagles have decided not to renew his contract after 10 years with the team.
The story was first reported by FoxSports.com.
Shuey, the linebackers coach, said today he was not working for the Eagles yesterday but he didn't want to say anything because he didn't want to burn any bridges.He was looking at players should he get another job.
"It's been a real tough situation," he said. "I appreciate the opportunity iwas given to coach there for 10 years."
Shuey becomes the fourth member of the defensive staff not returning next season. Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott was fired, and has landed with the Carolina Panthers. Line coach Rory Segrest was fired and is in Mobile, hoping to latch on with another team. Defensive backs coach Dick Jauron left the Eagles to become Cleveland's defensive coordinator.
Shuey said he has talked with McDermott but hasn't interviewed there.
This afternoon, Shuey and Segrest walked into the South team's practice, two former Eagles coaches looking work.
Assistant linebackers coach Mike Caldwell and defensive quality control coach Mike Zordich are the only remaining defensive coaches from last season. The Eagles also have Jim Washburn, hired away from the Tennessee Titans.
Presumably, the new defensive coordinator, whomever that ends up being, will have some say in who the position coaches are.
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