Eagles make changes to coaching staff

The Philadelphia Eagles hired Sean McDermott as secondary coach Monday, replacing John Harbaugh.

McDermott coached the linebackers last season, helping Omar Gaither and Chris Gocong develop into full-time starters. He takes over for Harbaugh, who left to become head coach at Baltimore.

Bill Shuey moves from defensive quality-control coach to linebackers coach. Mike Caldwell will replace him, and Otis Smith will be the assistant secondary coach.

McDermott previously served as secondary coach from 2004-06.

Smith and Caldwell spent time in Philadelphia during their NFL careers and were coaching interns with the Eagles last season.

The Eagles also announced Monday that they have named Mark Whipple as offensive assistant coach.

A veteran of 26 seasons as a coach on both the collegiate and professional levels, Whipple spent his last three (2004-06) as the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks coach.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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