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Duce Staley to take over Eagles’ head coaching duties after Doug Pederson tests positive for COVID-19

Doug Pederson, Duce Staley, Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). They have already designated his temporary replacement for the start of training camp. According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, assistant head coach and running backs coach Duce Staley will take over for Pederson until he returns from quarantine:

Doug Pederson will continue to lead the Eagles virtually, as much as he can, source said. Duce Staley will assume head coaching responsibilities at the NovaCare Complex in Pederson’s absence.

After spending the bulk of his career with the Eagles as a player, Staley officially joined Andy Reid’s staff as a special teams quality control coach. Despite the turnover with Reid and Chip Kelly, he has been a mainstay as running backs coach before being promoted to Pederson’s assistant head coach heading into the 2018 campaign.

Staley’s experience as the second-in-command should help serve as stabilizing factor for the Eagles with training camp just kicking off. Although Pederson will continue to do all he can from a virtual standpoint, the onus will ultimately fall on the rest of the coaching staff to ensure that the practices run smoothly amid the unprecedented circumstances.

Pederson held an unscheduled Eagles team meeting to announce his diagnosis following a second positive test result. While he is reportedly asymptomatic, he will need to undergo a quarantine period and produce multiple negative tests before he will be allowed to return. Until then, Staley will be running the show once the team hits the field.

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