Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Dolphins lose assistant coach Dave Fipp to Eagles

Entering the 2013 offseason, it looked as if the staff of second-year head coach Joe Philbin would remain completely intact.

While that has essentially remained true, the Miami Dolphins' staff saw one member depart this week as it was revealed that assistant special teams coach Dave Fipp has joined the Philadelphia Eagles as their special teams coordinator under new head coach Chip Kelly.

Fipp has spent the past two seasons assisting coordinator Darren Rizzi with the Dolphins' special teams unit, helping long snapper John Denney make his second Pro Bowl and punter Brandon Fields become one of the NFL's elite players at his position.

This will be the first pro level coordinator position for Fipp, who was an assistant special teams coach in San Francisco for three seasons before joining the Dolphins in 2011. He has college coaching experience with Holy Cross, Arizona, Cal Poly, Nevada and San Jose State, where he served as defensive coordinator in 2007.

The 38-year-old Fipp becomes the Eagles' fifth special teams coordinator in the last seven seasons. John Harbaugh, who is currently preparing his Baltimore Ravens for the Super Bowl, previously manned the post for a decade from 1998 to 2007.

Peelle joins Eagles' staff, too

It seems another man with connections to the Dolphins' organization has joined Kelly's staff in Philadelphia, as reports Wednesday indicate former NFL tight end Justin Peelle will became the Eagles' new assistant tight ends coach.

The former Oregon Duck spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons with the Dolphins, posting the most productive season of his 10-year career in '07 when he caught 29 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns. He played in 151 career games with the Chargers, Dolphins, Falcons and 49ers, and attended camp with the Steelers in 2012 before being released.

The Peelle news comes just six days after former NFL receiver Ike Hilliard, who served as the Dolphins' assistant wide receivers coach in 2011, was announced as the Buffalo Bills' new wide receivers coach under rookie head coach Doug Marrone.