Report: Philadelphia Eagles add defensive assistantFebruary 1, 2021
“Jay Valai, who recently joined @UHCougarFB as cornerbacks coach after having been at Texas, has left UH to join the staff with the Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) according to a college football source,” Berman tweeted Monday morning.
Valai was announced as the Houston cornerbacks coach Jan. 20.
It remains to be seen what kind of role the Eagles are bringing Valai on in, if he indeed gets the job. The Eagles are reportedly hiring Dennard Wilson as a defensive backs/secondary coach, so Valai could be an assistant position coach, or the Eagles could delineate between the positions in the secondary like they did with safeties coach Tim Hauck and defensive backs coaches Cory Undlin and Marquand Manuel under former defensive coordinator Jim Schawrtz
New defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon coached defensive backs for the past three seasons with the Colts, where Sirianni was the offensive coordinator.
Valai spent the 2020 season as the cornerbacks coach at Texas, and in 2019, he was the cornerbacks coach at Rutgers.
Before that, Valai spent two seasons as a defensive quality control coach at Georgia. In 2017, the Bulldogs won the 2017 SEC title and earned a berth in the College Football Playoff final.
Valai, who hails from Euless, Texas, played college football at Wisconsin, where he was a defensive back. He was a two-time second-team All-Big Ten selection for the Badgers during his career.
According to a Houston release, Valai “operated his own sports-performance facility and worked with professional athletes from the NBA and NFL, as well as high school student-athletes” before entering the coaching ranks with Georgia in 2016.
The Eagles now have 10 assistant coaches reportedly in place under Sirianni:
- Coach Nick Sirianni
- Offensive coordinator Shane Steichen
- Defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon
- Special teams coordinator Michael Clay
- Quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson
- Tight ends coach Jason Michael
- Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland
- Pass game coordinator Kevin Patullo
- Defensive line coach Tracy Rocker
- Secondary coach Dennard Wilson
- Undisclosed defense: Jay Valai
That list is based on reports and confirmations made by the team.