Former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker John Bunting could be the next linebackers coach for the team. Bunting talked with head coach Andy Reid over the phone for about a half hour about the open position. The position became available when Bill Shuey was let go by the team on January 25th. Shuey had been with the Eagles for the past 10 years. According to sources, newly appointed defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will have the final say on if Bunting is hired or not.
Bunting played 11 seasons for the Eagles and was a member of the 1980 team that faced the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XV. He also has significant coaching experience in both college and the NFL. He had coaching stints with the Chiefs, Saints, and Rams. Bunting was the defensive coordinator for the Rams from 1997-1999 and won a Super Bowl with the team in 1999. He also was a head coach in the collegiate ranks. He coached at Glassboro State College (now called Rowan University) from 1988-1992 and finished with a record of 38-14 including two New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships. He also coached at North Carolina from 2001-2006 and had a record of 65-59 at the school. He was fired after the 2006 campaign.