Another Philadelphia Eagles Assistant coach is leaving coach Doug Pederson’s staff, according to a report.
Linebacker coach Ken Flajole will not return to the squad in 2021, SiriusXM’s Alex Marvez reported Friday.
“I don’t know if this exists, but I hear @Eagles LBs coach Ken Flajole won’t be back in 2021,” Marvez tweeted. “Maybe retire (he’s 66). Coach in college from 1979 to 1997 until he jumped into the NFL. Joined the Eagles in 2016. Highly respected in league circles.
Flajole is the first defensive assistant to leave after defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz announced earlier in the week that he was going down after five seasons of work. Flajole was on Schwartz’s staff for all five seasons in Philadelphia.
Earlier this week, several outlets reported Senior offensive assistant Rich Scangarello and senior offensive consultant Marty Mornhinweg are reportedly not back in 2021.
It remains to be seen which direction the Eagles will take with their defense. Defensive line coach Matt Burke, a protégé of Schwartz, and defensive back coach Marquand Manuel already have experience as a defensive coordinator in the NFL, and an internal promotion could be a way to maintain continuity for the team. But if that’s the case, Flajole won’t be one of them.
Former Eagles linebackers Jordan Hicks, Mychal Kendricks and Nigel Bradham have had their moments under Flajole, but the Eagles have not invested significant resources in the position.
In 2020, the top three linebackers entering the season – Nathan Gerry, TJ Edwards and Duke Riley – all missed time with injuries. The Eagles had two draft picks on linebackers with third round Davion Taylor and sixth round Shaun Bradley, and they combined to play 108 defensive snaps this season.
But Edwards went from an undrafted free agent to a starter under Flajole, and when injuries opened the door for Alex Singleton to play a bigger role, he took advantage of his opportunities. Although he didn’t start until Week 6, Singleton led the Eagles with 120 tackles.
Flajole, a native of Seattle, began his college coaching career as an assistant in Washington in 1979. He has made saves in Montana, UTEP, Missouri, Richmond, Hawaii and the United States. Nevada before joining the ranks of the NFL with the Green Bay Packers in 1998..
Flajole has coached with the Packers (1998), Seattle Seahawks (1999-2002), Carolina Panthers (2003-08), St. Louis Rams (2009-11), New Orleans Saints (2012) and Cleveland Browns (2013-15) before joining the Eagles.
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