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Reid praises Jauron, April

ORLANDO, Fla. -- When looking for a job, sometimes it really is about who you know. Take Dick Jauron, who found a soft landing spot after being fired by the Bills, signing with Philadelphia as its defensive backs coach. He is reunited with Eagles head coach Andy Reid, who got to know Jauron when both served on Mike Holmgren's staff in Green Bay.

"He brings a lot of knowledge to the table and an understanding of the defensive back position,'' Reid said of Jauron at the NFC coaches breakfast at the Ritz-Carlton Resort, site of the NFL owners meetings. "He played it, he coached it. So I kind of welcome that in the mix with our DBs.''

Jauron will work with another familiar face as former Bills special teams coordinator Bobby April took the same job with the Eagles. April was a hot commodity after his success in Buffalo. Philly beat out several teams for his services.

"I've always looked at Bobby as one of the top special teams coaches in the National Football League,'' Reid said. "We had that with [now Baltimore head coach] John Harbaugh. I feel like we have that again with Bobby. We'll see how everything goes, but his track record sure is impressive and he brings great energy into the office. I'm sure when the players are in he'll be the same with them.''

Jauron wasn't a very good head coach, but he got those opportunities because of his work coaching secondaries and coordinating defenses. He'll be a good addition to Reid's staff. As for April, well, that goes without saying.

---Allen Wilson


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