Minor Eagles coaching update right here:
The #Jets are adding two more experienced coaches on defense, hiring Marquand Manuel as safeties coach and Tony Oden as senior defensive assistant/cornerbacks coach, per sources. Manuel worked with Robert Saleh in Seattle and Oden was the #49ers DBs coach under Saleh last year.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 2, 2021
Manuel was the Birds’ defensive backs coach this past season. He served one year in the role and came from over from Atlanta, where he was defensive coordinator, after a one year break.
Interestingly enough, the Eagles just hired Dennard Wilson from the Jets to be their defensive backs coach. Wilson served in a similar role with New York, so essentially the Birds and Jets swapped DB coaches as Nick Sirianni and Robert Saleh fill out their respect coaching staffs.
We didn’t write about Wilson when that news was reported, but the curious thing is that he coached Rodney McLeod not once, but twice, first at D.C.’s DeMatha High School and then again with the St. Louis Rams. McLeod said this to NBC Sports Philadelphia:
“I was in disbelief,” McLeod said. “I never thought I would have another opportunity to (play) underneath him. So when I saw the news, I was thrilled to have him in our room, now a part of this organization and team. And understating who we’re going to get to lead our group.
“I’m very familiar with him, obviously, but he holds everyone accountable, holds guys to the standard and it doesn’t really matter who you are, treats everyone the same. He respects guys in the room. I think everyone will respond well to him and I think he’ll help us out a lot.”
Cool story. Eagles coaching staff is almost finalized.