PHILADELPHIA ( - The Eagles will have an advantage when scouting players at the upcoming East-West Shrine Game.

Running backs coach Duce Staley was named the offensive coordinator for the East Team, which takes place Jan. 21 at Tropicana Field in Saint Petersburg, Fla.

"Very excited, very excited. It's a good opportunity for me to be in that role among some guys who I know," Staley told the Eagles’ website. "I'll be able to learn a lot as far as what offensive coordinators go through on gameday, the week leading up to the game. You can talk about being in those shoes, but you don't know it until you are. It's something that you figure out along the way, but once again, it's football. You take the good and the bad, you learn from it and move on."

Staley will not be the only Eagles mentor at the game as assistant quarterbacks/offensive quality control coach Press Taylor will be the East Team's quarterbacks coach, and assistant secondary/defensive quality control coach Dino Vasso is one of the East Team's defensive backs coaches.

This marks the first time that the NFL has partnered with the East-West Shrine Game when it comes to providing assistants.

"You get a chance to see (the prospects) on the field because you're scanning the land as a coordinator," Staley said. "You're looking at different position drills as opposed to being a position coach where you're around your guys a majority of the time and you have blinders on so you're basically focusing on them.”

-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for You can reach him at or on Twitter @JFMcMullen

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