Former Oregon Football coach Chip Kelly seems to be tapping the same well over and over. It happens to be the well of his former players with the Ducks. Several have been key contributors to the Philadelphia Eagles success this season. Now he adds former Linebacker Michael Clay to the mix, but not as a player.
The former Oregon player was with the Miami Dolphins in 2013 but never made the team before becoming a free agent. The opportunity he has within the Eagles organization is one of a coach. The Philadelphia Eagles have hired Clay as Defensive Quality Control Assistant. The birds now have five former Oregon players on their roster, and now have five on staff. Chip Kelly has a certain mindset, he had the same while he was with Oregon and has put the pieces in place with people who have those same ideals. Some are now calling the ‘Eagles’ – the Philadelphia Ducks. Of course there is another opportunity for Kelly to add a player from the team he used to coach with the NFL Draft.
A former linebacker under Chip Kelly at the University of Oregon, Michael Clay joins the Eagles as the team’s defensive quality control coach. A four-year letterman for the Ducks from 2009-12, Clay, 22, earned second-team All-Pac 12 honors as a senior after recording 101 tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble while starting all 12 contests. Following his senior season, Clay signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2013, but did not make the team. The San Jose, Calif., native was a two-time All-Mercury News first-team selection at Bellarmine College Prep School.
What the PhiladelphiaEagles.com Press Release says about Michael Clay
Philadelphia has the 23rd pick in the first round, as well as picks in each subsequent round – of course a trade could happen and give Kelly and his staff more or less options. The 2014 NFL Draft is May 8th-10th. In the meantime former players are looking forward to their Pro Day’s and the NFL Combine.