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.