The Eagles finally made the hiring of Bill Musgrave as quarterbacks coach official Monday.

In addition, the Eagles hired Michael Clay to serve as defensive quality control coach and promoted Mike Dawson from that job to assistant defensive line coach.

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Musgrave replaces Bill Lazor, who left after just one season under head coach Chip Kelly to become Miami's offensive coordinator. Musgrave, 46, previously coached with the Eagles in 1998. He started the year as one of coach Ray Rhodes' offensive assistant before succeeding Dana Bible as the offensive coordinator for the final 10 games of that season. The Eagles went 3-13 and Rhodes was fired.

Musgrave spent this season as Minnesota's offensive coordinator and helped the Vikings beat the Eagles 48-30 on Dec. 15. He was the Vikings' offensive coordinator for three seasons following stints with Atlanta (2006-10), Washington (2005), Jacksonville (2003-04), University of Virginia (2001-02), Carolina (1999-2000) and Oakland (1997).

Clay will be making his coaching debut after playing for Kelly at the University of Oregon. Clay, 22, signed with Miami as an undrafted free agent prior to this season, but didn't make the team.

Dawson will serve as assistant defensive line coach under Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis and top defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro. Dawson's taking over for Erik Chinander, who returned to Oregon to be the Ducks' outside linebackers coach.


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