PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 2019 SEASON GUIDE 45
PHILLIP DANIELS DEFENSIVE LINE COACH
Phillip Daniels originally joined the Eagles’
coaching staff in 2016 as the team’s defensive
quality control/assistant defensive line coach
and was promoted to defensive line coach
during the 2019 offseason. Prior to joining the
Eagles’ staff, Daniels served as the director of
player development for Washington in 2012.
In 2018, Daniels coached a unt that produced
more sacks (36.5) than any defensive line in
the NFL. The unit was led by first team All-Pro
DT Fletcher Cox, who notched a career-high
10.5 sacks and ranked second in the NFL in QB
hits (34, according to Sportradar). Veteran DE
Michael Bennett notched 9.0 sacks and finished
the regular season ranked fourth in the NFL
in QB hits (30, according to Sportradar).
In 2017, Daniels worked with a group that
featured four players with 5-plus sacks,
marking the first time since 2002 that four
individual Eagles defensive linemen recorded
5-plus sacks in a single season. DE Brandon
Graham led the team with a career high 9.5
sacks, followed by Cox (5.5), DE Chris Long
(5.0), and rookie DE Derek Barnett (5.0).
Barnett’s 5.0 sacks were tied for fifth in the
NFL among all rookies and Long tied for
second in the league with four strip-sacks.
Originally a fourth-round selection by the
Seattle Seahawks in the 1996 NFL Draft,
Daniels enjoyed a 15-year NFL playing career
during which he played four seasons with
the Seahawks (1996-99), four seasons with
the Chicago Bears (2000-03), and seven
seasons with the Redskins (2004-10). In
201 career games (167 starts), Daniels
totaled 512 tackles (390 solo), 62 sacks,
one interception, 51 passes defensed, 15
forced fumbles, and 12 fumble recoveries.
A native of Donalsonville, GA, Daniels
played college football at the University of
Georgia from 1992-95 and finished his college
career with 244 tackles, 18 tackles for loss
and 12 sacks. He started at three different
positions for the Bulldogs, including defensive
end, defensive tackle and linebacker, while
serving as a team captain as a senior.
Daniels and his wife, Leslie, have four
children: DaVaris, DaKendrick, Damara and
DaKiya. DaVaris played wide receiver at Notre
Dame from 2011-14, spent time with the
Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots
prior to the 2015 NFL season and was voted
the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie in 2016
while playing for the Calgary Stampeders.
KEN FLAJOLE LINEBACKERS COACH
Ken Flajole joined the Eagles’ coaching staff
in the 2016 offseason as the team’s linebackers
coach. Flajole has coached every defensive
position during his 40-year coaching career.
In 2017, under Flajole’s direction, veteran
linebacker Nigel Bradham led the Eagles
linebackers with 85 tackles (67 solo) and had
a career-high 8 PDs, adding 12 tackles (10
solo), 1.0 sack and 1 PD during the team’s
Super Bowl LII-winning postseason run.
In his first season in Philadelphia, Flajole
coached second-year linebacker Jordan Hicks,
who returned from a 2015 season ending
pectoral injury to lead the Eagles defense
and all NFL linebackers with five INTs. Hicks
became the first linebacker to lead the Eagles
in interceptions since William Thomas in 1995.
Prior to joining the Eagles, Flajole last
served as the inside linebackers coach
for the Cleveland Browns in 2013. In
2012, Flajole coached the secondary
for the New Orleans Saints, where he
worked with Eagles S Malcolm Jenkins.
Prior to his stint with the Saints, Flajole
served as the defensive coordinator for the
St. Louis Rams from 2009-11 under head
coach Steve Spagnuolo. In his first season
with St. Louis, Flajole helped develop rookie
LB James Laurinaitis, who finished his rookie
campaign with a team-high 144 tackles Also
during his time in St. Louis, Flajole coached
Pro Bowl DE Chris Long, whose sack totals
increased from 5.0 to 8.5 to a career-high
13.0 in his three seasons in Flajole’s defense.
In 2011, the Rams defense ranked second in
the NFL with 71 negative rushing plays, fourth
overall in negative plays (115) and seventh
in pass defense (206.3 yards per game).
Flajole’s 2010 Rams defense finished
second in the NFL in third-down defense
(33.5 percent conversion rate), ninth in
opposing passer rating (80.4), fifth in forced
fumbles (19) and seventh in sacks (43).
Prior to entering the NFL, Flajole spent 21
years in the college ranks where he coached
every position on defense and also served as
the defensive coordinator for Montana (1984-
85), Richmond (1994) and Nevada (1996-97).
A native of Seattle, Flajole was an allconference
linebacker at Wenatchee Valley
(WA) Community College and Pacific Lutheran
(WA). He earned his degree in education from
Pacific Lutheran in 1976 and began his coaching
career at his alma mater the next year.
He and his wife, Teri, have two
daughters, Kelly Chambers and Kori
Cooper, and four grandchildren: Teddy,
Emmett, Tate and Madeline.