UPDATED: The Eagles announced the hiring of Dick Jauron as senior assistant/defensive back coach.
Jauron, 59, the former head coach in Chicago and Buffalo, was asked about the meaning of being the senior assistant.
"I haven't looked at the ages on the staff yet," he said. "It might just mean that."
His boss, Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, turns 36, and Jauron said he is going to "work as hard as I can for him. I'm going to learn the system from him. I want to be a part of the staff, a productive part of the staff."
That said, Jauron recognizes he is in a much different role than the last time he wasa secondary coach, when his coaching career first began and working his way up.
“When I was a secondary coach, I’ve got to tell you, I just loved it," Jauron said. "It wasn’t like I was holding my breath to be a coordinator. It wasn’t one of those things where I couldn’t wait for that opportunity. I always thought and would say to my wife, if I do a great job at this thing, at the secondary, then whatever happens, happens but I like this. I felt the same way as a coordinator; really enjoyed it, really liked it. Missed some things about the secondary. Same thing when I was lucky enough to get the chance to be a head coach; really liked it, obviously. You get a chance to make the decisions all the time almost. Make the calls on gameday, you go for it on fourth down or you kick it. But you still missed certain things about the other spots. I never felt significantly different.
"I always felt very lucky to have played in the league, very lucky to coach in the league. I’m really looking forward to this opportunity, hopefully, as a really great experience.”
As for what attracted him about going to the Eagles, "the defensive scheme here has always really intrigued me."
In a statement, coach Andy Reid said, “Long before he became a defensive coordinator and head coach in this league, Dick Jauron was considered to be one of, if not the best defensive backs coaches in the game. We welcome his experience and knowledge of the game and look forward to adding him to our defensive coaching staff.”
Added defensive coordinator Sean McDermott: “First and foremost, Dick Jauron is a person with tremendous integrity and his football background speaks for itself. I’m excited about his addition to the team and look forward to utilizing his experiences in the way of adding value to our defensive staff.”
The Eagles also promoted Mike Caldwell to assistant linebackers coach and Michael Zordich to defensive quality control coach.
From earlier: Here are a few tidbits on the move:
* Jauron is still owed $6 million over the next two seasons by the Buffalo Bills, according to the Buffalo News. His salary with the Eagles, likely around $300,000, will be deducted from what Buffalo owes him, putting a bit more money in the Bills' coffers. Needless to say, that should make him the highest-paid defensive backs coach in the league by far.
* Jauron ostensibly becomes the fourth defensive backs coach for the Eagles since late July. Sean McDermott was promoted to defensive coordinator, then Otis Smith was let go last summer and Brian Stewart recently left to become the defensive coordinator at the University of Houston, opening the spot for Jauron.
* Coach Andy Reid and Jauron worked together on the Green Bay staff in the early 1990s. You certainly have to give Mike Holmgren credit for the talent he put together among his assistant coaches. With Reid and Jauron, other disciples who got opportunities as head coaches include Jon Gruden and Steve Mariucci.
* While Jauron, 59, brings experience to a young defensive coaching staff -- McDermott turns 36 next month -- don't read anything more into this, regarding McDermott. This seems like Reid just helping an old friend stay in the game and also hoping to address an area in which the Eagles could use some help with a guy who played and coached the position in the league.
* This marks the first time that Reid has had two former NFL head coaches on his staff, with Jauron and Marty Mornhinweg. And Mornhinweg and Jauron can trade stories about life as the Detroit Lions' head coach. Marty was succeeded by Mariucci, who was replaced by Jauron an interim basis for the final five games of the 2005 season. Jauron was passed over for the permanent positon and the Lions selected Rod Marinelli. Jauron then went to Buffalo as the Bills' head coach.
In other news, the Eagles announced changes to their player personnel department under the direction of new GM Gowie Roseman.
Ryan Grigson was named director of player personnel. Grigson spent the past four years as the club’s director of college scouting. In this role, Grigson will work with Roseman in the day-to-day college scouting operation and the annual draft preparation. He will continue to evaluate college players across the country and aid Roseman in overseeing the Eagles scouting staff, while also scouting players in other professional leagues.
Louis Riddick was promoted to director of pro personnel. He originally joined the Eagles player personnel department in 2008 as the club’s assistant director of pro personnel. In his new role, Riddick will manage the pro scouting department in evaluating players among the professional ranks, continue his job of advance scouting of upcoming opponents, and prepare the club for acquisitions through free agency and the waiver wire. In addition, he will also assist in the cross check of college players prior to the draft.
Anthony Patch was named assistant director of college scouting. He previously worked as a college scout in the West Coast region. In his new role, Patch will work closely with Roseman and Grigson in draft preparation as well as scouting top players across the country.
Andy Speyer was named Southwest regional scout after serving as the team’s Midwest regional scout, while Brett Veach was named pro and college scout after spending the previous three seasons as assistant to the head coach.