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Philadelphia Eagles promote creator of 'Philly Special' play to QB coach

By The Sports Xchange
Philadelphia Eagles promote creator of 'Philly Special' play to QB coach
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson celebrates their 41-33 win over the New England Patriots during Super Bowl LII on February 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. File photo by Brian Kersey/UPI | License Photo

Press Taylor devised the "Philly Special" play in Super Bowl LII and is getting rewarded with a promotion to quarterbacks coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, according to a report by the NFL Network on Monday.

Taylor will take over for John DeFilippo, who was hired as the Minnesota Vikings' new offensive coordinator.

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Taylor, 30, has served as offensive quality control and assistant quarterbacks coach in two seasons for Doug Pederson. He was a holdover from Chip Kelly's staff after joining the team in 2013 as an offensive quality control coach.

Among his responsibilities were implementing the fourth-down play where quarterback Nick Foles caught a touchdown pass from tight end Trey Burton on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line with 38 seconds left that gave the Eagles a 22-12 halftime lead in their eventual 41-33 triumph over the New England Patriots.

Burton lined up behind wide receiver Torrey Smith and took the pitch from running back Corey Clement to throw to Foles on the right side of the end zone.

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Taylor and other Philadelphia coaches saw the play studying game film of the Chicago Bears against the Minnesota Vikings in advance of their 38-7 victory in the NFC Championship game. The team practiced it at various points leading up to the Super Bowl and it was Foles' idea to use it in the Super Bowl.

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