Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Shuey fourth victim of purge

From what I understand Bill Shuey didn't find out he was former Eagles linebackers coach Bill Shuey until a reporter asked if he would be back.

Shuey was spotted in Eagles gear on the first day of Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Ala. this week.

The next day he was clad in non-Eagles gear.

It's a shame because Shuey, who quietly was not retained, isn't the problem on this Eagles defense that has now shed four assistant coaches.

On the contrary Shuey threw himself into his coaching. Rookies Jamar Chaney and Keenan Clayton showed upside thanks to Shuey's teaching.

Coaching cannot do much for Ernie Sims, the blown-up defensive back playing linebacker who got blocked or overran plays each and every snap. Management should have done a better job of evaluation there.

And there's not much you can do about the health of Stewart Bradley, who, you're just going to have to accept as damaged goods.

As far as the coaching changes, defensive coordinator Sean McDermott was axed but resurfaced in Carolina with the Panthers. Shuey and defensive line coach Rory Segrest weren't retained. And veteran assistant Dick Jauron realized he was on borrowed time when the Eagles gave him permission to take the defensive coordinator job with the Cleveland Browns.

The Eagles hired Jim Washburn as defensive line coach.


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