86 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES YEARBOOK
JUSTIN PEELLE TIGHT ENDS
Justin Peelle was originally named the Eagles’
assistant tight ends coach during the 2013
offseason after finishing a 10-year NFL career
as a tight end in 2012. After spending two
years in the role, Peelle was promoted to
tight ends coach during the 2015 offseason.
Eagles tight ends excelled during the team’s
2017 Super Bowl season, as Philadelphia was
one of just two teams in the NFL to boast
two tight ends with at least five receiving
touchdowns each (Zach Ertz and Trey
Burton). Ertz was named to his first career
Pro Bowl after finishing third in the NFL
among tight ends with 824 receiving yards
and logging a career-high eight touchdowns.
He became the first Eagles tight end to post
three consecutive seasons with 800-plus
receiving yards since Pete Retzlaff from
1963-65. Burton logged a career-high five
receiving touchdowns and Brent Celek
continued to be a force in the run game.
In 2016, under Peelle’s guidance, Ertz led
the Eagles in receptions (78), receiving yards
(816), and receiving touchdowns (4). Ertz’s
78 catches marked a new career high, were
the second most ever by an Eagles tight end
(Keith Jackson, 81 in 1988) and ranked fifth
in the NFL among tight ends in 2016. Peelle
took over as the Eagles’ tight ends coach
in 2015 and helped Ertz set career highs in
receptions (75) and receiving yards (853).
In the final four weeks of the season, Ertz
became a focal point of the offense as he
went on to total 35 catches for 450 receiving
yards. His performance over that four-game
stretch set an NFL record for most receiving
yards by a tight end from Weeks 14-17.
Originally a fourth-round draft choice of the
Chargers in 2002, Peelle played in the NFL
for 10 seasons, amassing 123 receptions for
1,003 yards and 12 touchdowns in 151 games.
Playing collegiately at Oregon, Peelle
finished his career with 70 catches for 944
yards and 14 touchdowns in 42 games. He
earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors as a
senior, finishing as a semifinalist for the
John Mackey Award (given annually to the
nation’s top tight end) after collecting 34
catches for 491 yards and nine touchdowns.
A four-time All-Pac-10 Academic Team
selection, Peelle graduated from Oregon with
a degree in political science. Born on March
15, 1979, he and his wife, Sara, have two sons,
Morris and Thompson, and a daughter, Ada.
JEFF STOUTLAND OFFENSIVE LINE/RUN GAME COORDINATOR
Jeff Stoutland joined the Eagles as the team’s
offensive line coach in the 2013 offseason
and took on the added responsibility of run
game coordinator during the 2018 offseason.
One of the nation’s most respected
offensive line coaches, Stoutland boasts
33 years of coaching experience, including
stints at Miami (2007-10), Michigan St.
(2000-06), and Syracuse (1997-99).
In 2017, Stoutland coached one of the
most dominant offensive lines in the NFL.
Philadelphia’s line paved the way for a ground
attack that ranked third in the NFL in rushing
offense (132.2 yards per game) and fourth in
rushing average (4.47 yards per carry). Tackle
Lane Johnson and guard Brandon Brooks
were voted to their first career Pro Bowls,
while Johnson and center Jason Kelce earned
Associated Press All-Pro recognition. Tackle
Jason Peters, who sustained a season-ending
injury in Week 7, has also been named to
four Pro Bowls (2013-16) and two All-Pro
teams (2013-14) under Stoutland’s tutelage.
Stoutland helped the Eagles field seven
different starting offensive line combinations
in 2016. Those lines protected rookie
quarterback Carson Wentz, who set a
team and all-time NFL rookie record with
379 completions, while posting franchise
rookie records in pass attempts, passing
yards, passing touchdowns, and completion
percentage. Over the course of the season,
Stoutland oversaw the progress of two
rookie linemen in tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai
(six starts) and guard/tackle Isaac Seumalo
(four starts at three different positions).
He coached a unit in 2014 that featured
three Pro Bowl selections including
guard Evan Mathis, Kelce, and Peters,
following a season where both Peters and
Mathis garnered All-Pro and Pro Bowl
accolades in 2013. His offensive line paved
the way for the NFL’s leading rusher in
2013, running back LeSean McCoy.
A four-year letterman and three-year starter
at inside linebacker at Southern Connecticut
State, Stoutland earned Little All-America
honors as a senior and was named a team
captain. He earned his bachelor’s degree
in physical education in 1984 and added a
master’s degree in exercise physiology in 1986.
A native of New York City, he and his wife,
Allison, who is a published children’s author,
have two children, Jake and Madison.
824 ZACH ERTZ WAS THIRD AMONG ALL
NFL TIGHT ENDS WITH 824 RECEIVING
YARDS, EARNING PRO BOWL HONORS
FOR THE FIRST TIME.
3 THREE OF THE FIVE STARTERS IN THE
SUPER BOWL EARNED EITHER PRO
BOWL OR ALL-PRO HONORS IN 2017
UNDER STOUTLAND’S WATCH.