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An Update On The Eagles Defensive Coordinator Search

There’s a lot up in the air this week regarding the Philadelphia Eagles next defensive coordinator.  Quite a few names have circulated throughout the rumor mill, but there is no clear cut favorite at this point.

They have announced today that they have hired Jim Washburn from the Tennessee Titans as their new defensive line coach.  This is a great hire and it might help in the Eagles search for Sean McDermott’s replacement.

Washburn spent 12 years in Tennessee where he was instrumental in 11 linemen Pro Bowl selections.  During that timeframe (1999-2010), the Titans ranked 7th in the NFL in sacks and 5th against the run.

His coaching helped make Albert Haynesworth the highest paid non-QB ever.  Imagine what he can do with Trent Cole, Brandon Graham and Antonio Dixon.  Imagine if he can convince Andy Reid that Haynesworth isn’t as bad as Mike Shanahan makes him out to be.

While this is exciting news, this is one step in the process.  The Eagles still have to select the right guy in charge of the entire defense.

Former Falcon and Seahawk head coach Jim Mora, Jr. is still a possibility.  Mora interviewed with the Broncos but left Denver without a contract.

One of the reasons Mora was hired maybe that Denver, like the Eagles, are waiting for the opportunity to talk to Green Bay Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac.

That conversation will have to wait until the Packers are done playing.  That will be either January 24th or February 7th.  One thing to keep in mind with Trgovac is he already has a relationship with new Broncos coach John Fox, being his defensive coordinator in Carolina.

Eagle secondary coach Dick Jauron is interviewing with the Cleveland Browns for their defensive coordinator spot.  It’s been said that if offered the position he’ll have a discussion with Reid before he makes a decision.

There are a few other names have been floating around, but so far they’ve only been floating.  Former Arizona Cardinals D-Coordinator Billy Davis, former Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears head coach Dave Wannstedt and recently dismissed Browns coach Eric Mangini have all been mentioned.  I don’t think any of them will emerge as favorites to land in Philly.

Whoever the Eagles have in mind, I’m sure one selling point will be the track record of their new defensive line coach.

Haran Knight

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Stevo
Stevo
January 19, 2011 4:43 pm

I hope the new guy is HUNGRYYYY!!!!

Stevo
Stevo
January 19, 2011 4:47 pm

My guess is its Green Bay Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac.

Im so pumped G!!

G, any word on how Andy feels about all this? Im not looking for guys to post there thoughts…..i want to know if G has an answer.

SONGSRME2
SONGSRME2
January 19, 2011 4:51 pm

Stevo…Reid is a part of the process…he’ll tell everyone how he feels once the team is finished getting all D coaches in place.

paulman
paulman
January 19, 2011 4:54 pm

I was checking out a couple of others G-Man

Bob Sutton from ther NY Jets, Mike Pettine also from the Jets and the Philly area and then
another a Dark Horse candidate in Bob Babich from the Bears
You know much about these guys…
I think J Mora is a definite no-go, his ego is too big and would not be a good fit with Coach AR
really wants to be a HC so he would be a short-term DC for 2 years at most
I think Trgovac is the #1 Contendor.. In fact I just placed my ex-wife’s alimony payments balance on him being named the next Eagle DC… If he is not named, I will probably have to move out of the Country…. Where’s Mimitaro live..New Zealand…

RealTalk777
RealTalk777
January 19, 2011 5:05 pm

from what I hear Pettine is saying he is staying put…but who knows, maybe thats because the Jets are still playing football, definitely nothing happening until their season is over. Unless the Eagles are really considering going to the 3-4 def, I think Pettine, is most likely out of the picture as well

paulman
paulman
January 19, 2011 5:06 pm

Just for the G-Cobb Record .I called for Trgovac as a potential leading candidate back on Sunday 1/16…
Also note for the record, I told many of my friends 10 years ago to hang onto their shares of
Enron & Worldcom stocks that they would rebound and all their make their $$$$ back and then some..needless to say,I was way wrong and lost most of my old friends and most of my boss’s $$$..

mimitaro
mimitaro
January 19, 2011 5:47 pm

For the Eagles sake (and New Zealands) I hope you are correct Paulman.

vricchini
vricchini
January 19, 2011 5:49 pm

what about eric mangini?

paulman
paulman
January 19, 2011 5:57 pm

No Italians allowed on the Eagles Staff per Coach AR
There are to damn many of them in Phialdelphia as it is…

vricchini
vricchini
January 19, 2011 6:25 pm

good one paulman. We’ll see a Chinese Quartback before we see a Italian on this staff

Stevo
Stevo
January 19, 2011 6:27 pm

the offered job to mora and he said no. Im glad but That worries me….

vricchini
vricchini
January 19, 2011 6:32 pm

Good. I didnt want that jackass Grimlin faced hobo anyway.

Beijingjake
Beijingjake
January 19, 2011 6:36 pm

vr… – I got at least 7 Chinese lined up to try out for QB after Invincible was copied and distributed throughout China for 75 cents/disk… Contact me and I’ll share my commission

crazy johnny
crazy johnny
January 19, 2011 6:52 pm

I wonder if the Eagles will bring Babin back w/his DLine coach? He’s a free agent………

crazy johnny
crazy johnny
January 19, 2011 7:15 pm

Apparently Babin himself already hinted at it…….Mora Jr. no longer an option for DC, boo hoo!

paulman
paulman
January 19, 2011 7:17 pm

I like the sounds of that Craxy..
Babin has stated publicly that he would have loved to stay in Philly and play for the Eagles, but he
never got an offer from the Eagles or the feelign he was wanted by the Club…
I think its a good chance that he follows his coach to the EAgles which would be a bonus pick-up
for the Eagles… (J Parker would probably have to be released though for $$$ purposes)

mjacobs45
mjacobs45
January 19, 2011 7:29 pm

Paulmoron….you also said Urban Meyer would be getting an interview along with Randy Shannon. How’s that working out for you?

btc24
btc24
January 19, 2011 7:48 pm

I’m concerned as well that reports are coming out about Jim Mora declining to take the d-coordinator job. If that’s the case, then it tells me the Eagles don’t have much of an ace up their sleeve like we’re all hoping. Perhaps Jauron is the most probably candidate.

drummerwinslow
drummerwinslow
January 19, 2011 8:46 pm

We need a replacement for the QB Serial Killer. Aren’t there laws against this sort of thing?

paulman
paulman
January 19, 2011 8:56 pm

To Mjacobs45

2 things to clarify

#1) I never said Urban Myers was interviewing, I stated a “source” said he was on a flight to Philadelphia
#2) I never said Randy Shannon would interview for the DC position, I merely stated that he would be a good candidate for the Eagles to talk to..

if you want to be a prefessional blogger here on G-Cobb Site you are going to have to do better than this.. You are starting to sound like “Schiller”… C’Mon Man…

paulman
paulman
January 19, 2011 8:57 pm

Correction.. should have been “professional”

vricchini
vricchini
January 19, 2011 9:16 pm

speaking of Schiller anyone know what happened to him? aint seen a post from him since week 3

vricchini
vricchini
January 19, 2011 9:18 pm

Btc I wouldnt be concerned from what I read he turned down the position at Denver as well. Perhaps he would like a head coaching job?

paulman
paulman
January 19, 2011 9:48 pm

I am glad Mora Jr is not coming on board, I did not think he was a good fit here at all..
I am not so sure that he had a lot of supporters in his corner aroud the NFL to return back into Coaching.. and think he has gotten this far off his Father’s name and reputation for too long..
He does a pretty good job at the NFL Network and he will re-surface back into coaching but I am not so sure if he’s held in very high light by his peers around the league so his opportunites may become less and less as his Father becomes a more distant memory..

Iggles
Iggles
January 19, 2011 9:55 pm

Not wanting to see Mora in here either, and he did tell others days ago he didn’t want to come to the Eagles.

schiller
schiller
January 19, 2011 10:06 pm

Ha vr. Simply put, I got a job. Less down time.

For the record, love the coaching moves so far. Think those who assume andy hasn’t been on constant conference calls is oblivious and jumping on the negadelphia bandwagon bs. And ask how vick, jackson and a big name free agent can get paid in this cba chaos.

SportsBum
SportsBum
January 19, 2011 10:44 pm

LOL at Paulman telling someone ways to be a professional blogger. LOL at blogging being your profession. Loser. This is the reason I stopped posting here long ago.

Anyway, back to why I originally wanted to post……… Another candidate has appeared for the D-Coordinator spot. Apparently the Eagles are set to interview Dennis Allen. He is the DB coach of the Saints. I much rather them get Trgovac. This could be just them saving themselves in case their other options fall through though, because it seems Mora is returning to TV.

daggolden
daggolden
January 19, 2011 11:36 pm

After the Eagles fired Sean McDermott, the feeling was that the Eagles were looking for someone more experienced to run the defense. Apparently, that’s not the case. Jay Glazer is reporting that the Eagles have asked for and received permission to interview Saints secondary coach Dennis Allen for their vacant defensive coordinator job. Allen, is in his mid 30s, while Sean McDermott was just 36.
The comparisons to the ex Eagles defensive coordinator don’t end there. McDermott spent 9 years as an assistant to Jim Johnson, Allen has nine years of NFL coaching experience. McDermott coached the linebackers before coming secondary coach. Allen coached the defensive line before becoming secondary coach. McDermott was a protege of the great Jim Johnson. Allen has been a protege to Gregg Williams, a pretty good defensive coordinator in his own right.
Of course, just because their resumes are similar doesn’t mean a whole lot. Allen is thought of as a rising star on the Saints staff and has been tipped as Gregg Williams’ heir apparent. He has spent time with both the Falcons and Saints and had success in both places. As a defensive line coach with Atlanta his unit led the NFL in sacks in 2004. As a d-line coach in New Orleans for two seasons his unit had 48.5 sacks and a pro bowler in Will Smith. In 2009, while he was secondary coach, how often did the Saints secondary make big plays to win games? They did against the Eagles and they did in the Superbowl as well. Also, the Saints gave up just 15 TD passes that year which was the 3rd least in the NFL. This season, the Saints gave up a league low 13 TD passes. For the Eagles, who gave a up a franchise record 31 TD passes, that has to be attractive

BigE
BigE
January 20, 2011 12:07 am

IN ARUBA CONCENTRATING MORE ON PRIME RIB THAN SUPER BOWL. MR.” I HAVE TO DO A BETTER JOB”

runtheball09
runtheball09
January 20, 2011 2:59 am

I’m so sick of this Dick Jauron talk. HE SUUUUUUUUUCKS

runtheball09
runtheball09
January 20, 2011 3:00 am

Same thing with Mangini. HE SUUUUUUUUCKS

runtheball09
runtheball09
January 20, 2011 3:01 am

Same thing with Mora. HE SUUUUUUUUUUUCKS

runtheball09
runtheball09
January 20, 2011 3:03 am

I vote Dennis Green for Offensive Coordinator. Marty SUUUUUUUUUCKS

schiller
schiller
January 20, 2011 3:53 am

Hey big e, are you in aruba with him? If so, awesome, I’m jealous. If not, unless you have seen an incredibly reliable schedule of his for the past few days, then you have absolutely no frickin idea what you are talking about. That wouldn’t surprise me, but it speaks to your credibility.

BigE
BigE
January 20, 2011 1:33 pm

Schiller-TO me even with modern technology it is suprising that Reid and the Eagles would hire a defensive line coach beore a coordinator and that Andy is not in the building for such an important decision. Also to consider the Saints DB coach who has no resume and did a lousy job with their DB’s
they seem to be acting busy. For several years he held onto Rory who stunk at all he did. There are about 3-5 keepers on defense, the rest are marginal, so yes stick around and get the job done. If Reid took a piss you would aprove and be happy. I would say the DC failed because of lack of talent not sceme.