Eagles hire a linebackers coach who's younger than many Eagles players


Nick Sirianni continues to add young assistant coaches to his staff with Nick Rallis reportedly set to become the Eagles’ linebackers coach, according to Mike Kaye of NJ.com.

Rallis turned 27 in July and very well could be the youngest position coach in Eagles history. He replaces Ken Flajole, who was Doug Pederson’s linebackers coach the last five years and at 66 is 39 years older than Rallis.

Rallis is the same age as Alex Singleton, the best linebacker he inherits. There are 22 players currently on the roster who are older than Rallis.

Only four of the Eagles’ 12 coaches — including Sirianni — have reached their 40th birthday: Jeff Stoutland and Tracy Rocker are in their 50s, tight ends coach Jason Michaels is 42 and receivers coach Aaron Moorehead turned 40 in November. Stoutland and Moorehead are holdovers from Pederson’s staff, so eight of the 10 new coaches are in their 20s or 30s.

Rallis spent the last three years with the Vikings as an entry-level quality control coach under co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Adam Zimmer, son of Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.

Although Rallis and defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon weren’t in Minnesota together, there’s a connection there as both worked with the Vikings under Mike Zimmer.

Rallis played linebacker at the University of Minnesota, starting three games in his career and earning Academic All-Big Ten honors as a senior.

He began his coaching year in 2017 as a graduate assistant at Wake Forest under Dave Clawson.

The Eagles  haven’t announced any coaching hires, but from various reports it appears they’ve filled all their position coach openings other than running backs, which was held the last eight years by Duce Staley. He’s now with the Lions.

Head coach: Nick Sirianni

Defensive coordinator: Jonathan Gannon

Offensive coordinator: Shane Steichen

Special teams coordinator: Michael Clay

Quarterbacks coach: Brian Johnson

Passing game coordinator: Kevin Patullo

Wide receivers: Aaron Moorehead

Tight ends: Jason Michael

Offensive line: Jeff Stoutland

Defensive line: Tracy Rocker

Defensive backs: Dennard Wilson

Linebackers: Nick Rallis

TBA: Jay Valai

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