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Panthers Head Coach Frank Reich Adds Ex-Eagles Great To Coaching Staff

Written by Tony Ghaul

New Carolina Panthers Head Coach Frank Reich is bringing in former Super Bowl winner Duce Staley to his coaching staff.

Staley has agreed to leave the Detroit Lions to join Reich in Carolina, as per ESPN’s Dan Graziano. His role with the Panthers has yet to be revealed. Staley served as the Lions assistant head coach and running backs coach.

Staley was the running backs coach for the Eagles during Reich’s two years as the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia. Staley spent 10 years on the Eagles staff overall and he also played running back for the Eagles for seven years.

When Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson was fired, he was finalist for job and when he was passed over, he joined Dan Campbell’s Lions staff.

Staley, the Eagles’ 2nd-round pick in 1997, ranks fifth in franchise history with 4,807 rushing yards. He had three 1,000-yard seasons, tied for 2nd-most by an Eagle behind LeSean McCoy’s four. He finished his career with the Steelers and won his first Super Bowl ring in 2005.

Staley grew up in West Columbia, S.C., which is about 90 miles south of Charlotte. Lions beat writer Justin Rodgers of the Detroit News reported that Staley wanted to be closer to home to help out his mom, who has health issues.

Eagles RB Duce Staley. Photo courtsey of Section 215

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