Eagles announce changes to coaching staff, football operations

Carson Walch becomes team's fourth WR coach in the last four years

Carson Walch became the Eagles’ fourth wide receiver coach in the last four years when he was among many others to be named to the team’s revamped coaching staff on Monday.

Walch follows Greg Lewis, Mike Groh and, last year, Gunter Brewer.

At least Walch has some familiarity with the team. He was an assistant receivers coach under Brewer in 2018. From 2013-14, he served as an offensive quality control coach with the Chicago Bears, where he worked with Groh, now the current Eagles offensive coordinator. Prior to his return to the NFL with the Eagles in 2018, Walch spent two seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos (CFL) as offensive coordinator/receivers coach (2017) and receivers/passing game coordinator (2016).

The Eagles also announced the following changed to the coaching staff on Monday:

  • Phillip Daniels promoted to defensive line coach
  • Mike Bartrum hired as assistant tight ends coach
  • Matthew Harper named assistant wide receivers coach
  • Roy Istvan hired as assistant offensive line coach
  • T.J. Paganetti named assistant running backs coach
  • Luke Thompson hired as assistant special teams coach
  • Matt Burke hired as defensive special assistant
  • G.J. Kinne hired as offensive special projects
  • Joe Pannunzio hired as director of team development

Daniels replaces Chris Wilson while Bartrum takes over for Justin Peelle. Both Wilson and Peelle left for other jobs in the offseason.

Daniels was originally hired by the Eagles during the 2016 offseason as the team’s defensive quality control/assistant defensive line coach.

This past season, he coached a unit that produced more sacks (36.5) than any defensive line in the NFL. The unit was led by first-team All-Pro defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, who notched a career-high 10.5 sacks and ranked second in the NFL in QB hits with 34. Defensive end Michael Bennett notched 9.0 sacks during his first year with the Eagles and finished the regular season ranked fourth in the NFL in QB hits with 30.

In 2017, Daniels coaching a Super Bowl-winning group that featured four players with 5.0-plus sacks, marking the first time since 2002 that four individual Eagles defensive linemen recorded 5.0-plus sacks in a single season. DE Brandon Graham led the team with a career-high 9.5 sacks, followed by Pro Bowl DT Cox (5.5), DE Chris Long (5.0) and rookie DE Derek Barnett (5.0). Barnett’s 5.0 sacks were tied for fifth in the NFL among all rookies and Long tied for 2nd in the league with 4.0 strip-sacks.

Eagles fans may remember Bartrum and Kinne.

Bartrum played for the Eagles from 2000-2006 as a tight end and long snapper. Most recently, he served as the head football coach at Meigs High School in Pomeroy, OH.

Kinne entered the NFL in 2012 as an undrafted free agent quarterback with the New York Jets. He held stints on the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad between 2013-15 both as a quarterback and a wide receiver when Chip Kelly was the head coach. Kelly even tried playing Kinne on special teams.

The team has also announced the following promotions and hires within football operations:

  • Andrew Berry hired as vice president of football operations
  • Greg Delimitros promoted to vice president of equipment operations
  • Patrick Dolan promoted to vice president of football technology
  • Jon Ferrari promoted to vice president of football operations and compliance
  • Jeremiah Washburn hired as advanced projects coordinator

Berry was believed to be in high demand around the league.

He was the vice president of player personnel from 2016-18 with the Cleveland Browns. Prior to that, he worked for the Indianapolis Colts for seven years (2009-15). He was originally hired by Indianapolis as a scouting assistant and was promoted to pro scout in 2011. One year later, he was elevated to pro scouting coordinator and served in that role for his final four seasons with the club. During Berry’s tenure in Indianapolis, the Colts won four AFC South titles, made five postseason appearances and advanced to Super Bowl XLIV.

Berry graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in computer science. He also played football for the Crimson, starting all four years at cornerback and earning All-Ivy League honors three times.