PHILADELPHIA - The Eagles have hired Brian Smith as assistant linebackers coach.
The 35-year-old Smith spent the past eight seasons as an assistant coach with the New York Jets, including the past two as the team’s assistant defensive backs coach. He originally joined the Jets in 2007 as a quality control coach on offense.
Prior to joining the Jets, Smith was an assistant coach at his alma mater – the University of Massachusetts – from 2004-06. In 2004, he worked with the school’s linebackers and from 2005-06, he coached the wide receivers, including current New York Giants WR Victor Cruz.
A native of Wilmington, DE, Smith was a three-year starter at UMass as a strong safety and cornerback. He graduated cum laude in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.