80 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES YEARBOOK
DAVE FIPP SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR
Dave Fipp joined the Eagles’ coaching
staff in 2013 as the team’s special teams
coordinator. Since taking over in 2013, Fipp
has fielded a special teams unit that has
accounted for an NFL-leading 12 touchdowns.
In 2017, Fipp tutored rookie kicker Jake
Elliott. Elliott enjoyed a historic rookie
campaign, kicking the longest regular-season
(61 yards vs. Giants in Week 3) and postseason
field goals (53 yards in the Divisional Round
vs. Falcons) in franchise and NFL rookie
history. He also kicked the two longest field
goals by a rookie in Super Bowl history
(42 and 46 yards) in Philadelphia’s 41-33
win vs. New England in Super Bowl LII.
In 2016, Fipp’s unit continued to thrive in
the return game, as the Eagles ranked second
in the NFL with a franchise-record 27.3-yard
kickoff return average, led the league with
five kickoff returns of 50-plus yards, and
were the only team to record multiple kickoff
returns for touchdowns (2). Additionally, the
Eagles finished second in the NFL in punt
return average (12.9). In his first full season
as the Eagles’ kicker, Caleb Sturgis connected
on a career-high 35 field goals, marking the
most in single-season franchise history.
The Eagles’ special teams unit flourished
in 2015 under Fipp’s direction, as it ranked
second in the NFL in punt return average
(11.4) and sixth in net punting average (41.6),
while accounting for three touchdowns.
Under Fipp’s direction in 2014, the Eagles’
special teams unit was instrumental to the
team’s success, accounting for a franchisebest
and NFL-leading seven touchdowns
(three blocked punt returns, two kickoff
returns, and two punt returns) and a leaguebest
six blocked kicks. The Eagles’ special
teams unit was rated as the best in the league
by Dallas Morning News columnist Rick
Gosselin in his annual special teams rankings.
In 2014, Sproles earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl
honors for the first time in his career after
leading the NFL in punt return average (13.0),
punt return yards (506), and punt returns for
touchdowns (2). Acquired from the Colts late
in Training Camp, rookie kicker Cody Parkey
turned in one of the best kicking seasons in
Eagles history en route to Pro Bowl honors.
Long snapper Jon Dorenbos also garnered Pro
Bowl honors for the second time in his career.
During his two years in Miami, the
Dolphins ranked second (2011) and fourth
(2012) in the NFL in overall special teams
rankings, according to Gosselin’s data. The
Dolphins’ special teams unit showed the
largest improvement in the NFL from 2010
to 2011, improving from 24th to second
overall, according to Gosselin. Fipp joined
the Dolphins’ staff after a three-year stint
as the assistant special teams coach for
the San Francisco 49ers from 2008-10.
Prior to entering the NFL, Fipp spent three
seasons with San Jose State where he served
as the Spartans’ defensive coordinator
in 2007 after spending the previous two
seasons as co-defensive coordinator and
safeties coach. Fipp joined the Spartans’
staff after spending the 2004 season at the
University of Nevada as the Wolf Pack’s codefensive
coordinator and secondary coach.
He also served as the defensive coordinator
at Cal Poly from 2002-03 after coaching
the Mustangs’ defensive backs in 2001.
Fipp began his coaching career at the College
of the Holy Cross as the safeties coach in 1998
before becoming the secondary coach and
special teams coordinator in 1999. Following
his tenure at Holy Cross, Fipp returned to
his alma mater, the University of Arizona,
as a defensive graduate assistant in 2000.
A four-year letterman and former walkon
at Arizona, Fipp played for the Wildcats
from 1994-97. He was a leading tackler
on special teams as a sophomore in 1995
and started at safety during his final two
years with the Wildcats. The 1997 Wildcats
defense ranked among the top defensive
units in the Pac-10 Conference and ranked
12th nationally in rushing defense.
A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Fipp
and his wife, Jenny, have two daughters,
Ashlee and Lilly, and a son, Tyler.
61 ROOKIE KICKER JAKE ELLIOTT
KICKED THE LONGEST FIELD GOAL
IN FRANCHISE HISTORY IN THE
WEEK 3 WIN OVER THE GIANTS.