Eagles’ special teams units continued regression under new staff

The Eagles improved in a lot of areas in 2021 under Nick Sirianni and his first-year coaching staff.

Special teams was not one of them.

After eight years with Dave Fipp in charge of special teams, the Eagles and Sirianni hired one of Fipp’s former assistants, Michael Clay, to be the team’s new special teams coordinator in 2021.

The Eagles finished the season as the 10th ranked defense, the 14th ranked offense, but their special teams units finished even lower.

In his annual ranking of special teams units across the NFL, longtime football columnist Rick Gosselin ranked the Eagles’ special teams unit as the No. 21 unit in the NFL. That’s lower than they ever were under Fipp in his eight years in control with the Eagles.

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Gosselin, now working for SI.com, ranks the units on 22 different categories and assigns point values for each. Check out the full list here.

Before the end of Fipp’s time with the Eagles, we began to see some clear regression with the special teams units but some of that could be explained away by a few factors. One, it seemed like the Eagles were less willing to have reserved spots for special teams aces, guys like Bryan Braman and Chris Maragos. But perhaps more importantly, the roster in the last couple years under Doug Pederson was ravaged by injury and nowhere gets hit harder by…

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