Dave Fipp is joining Duce Staley and heading to the Detroit Lions
Eagles’ special teams coach Dave Fipp is expected to leave Philadelphia and head to Detroit. He will join Duce Staley and new head coach of the Lions Dan Campbell.
Fipp and Campbell coached together with the Dolphins in 2011 and 2012. Fipp has been with the Eagles dating back to the Chip Kelly regime. He was one of nine assistants that Pederson kept in 2016.
Fipp was under contract for 2021 and the Eagles initially blocked him from meeting with other NFL teams. After the Eagles hired head coach Nick Sirianni, there was no reason to continue to block Fipp, as Sirianni was expected to build his own coaching staff.
Fipp was able to help Jake Elliott find success early in his career with the Eagles. Elliott’s rookie year stands out as an achievement. He was able to make just under 85% of his field goals and earn a Pro Bowl alternate nod. Fipp also can be credited for long-snapper Rick Lovato, who was named a Pro Bowler in 2019 after taking over for Jon Dorenbos.
Fipp’s special teams unit has been on the decline over the past few seasons for the Eagles. According to NFL writer Rick Gosselin’s annual special teams rankings that considers all phases of special teams, the decline is clear.
- 2014: 1st
- 2015: 5th
- 2016: 1st
- 2017: 13th
- 2018: 14th
- 2019: 15th
- 2020: 17th
Sirianni has yet to name a special teams coach to replace Dave Fipp. We’ll keep you updated.
Mandatory Credit: Philadelphia Inquirer