Jim Mora Jr. has withdrawn his name from consideration for both the Eagles and Broncos defensive coordinator’s positions. Mora Jr. is still being paid $4 millions dollars a year by the Seattle Seahawks. He will continue working for the NFL Network and get the chance to step away from the game for a bit.
Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac’s name continues to surface. Of course the Eagles can’t talk to the former Panthers defensive coordinator until his team is no longer in the playoffs. If Green Bay loses this Sunday, the Birds will be free to interview him, on the other hand if the Packers win, the Eagles brass with have to wait another two weeks, so this defensive coordinator search could last a while yet.
The Birds have added a name to the list in their search for a new defensive coordinator.
According to multiple reports by Philly.com and CSNPhilly.com, the Eagles have sought and received permission by the New Orleans Saints to talk to their defensive backfield coach, Dennis Allen. Greg Williams is the Saints defensive coordinator and there was talk that Allen might move into his position if he took the head coaching job in Denver but Williams backed out of the interview at the last minute and will remain with the Saints.
I think the fact that Allen was expected to step into that defensive coordinator’s position, gave the Eagles a heads-up that Allen is defensive coordinator material. Last year when the Saints won the Super Bowl title, the New Orleans secondary was one of the keys to the championship march with all of the big plays they made. They picked off 26 passes and defensive backs Darren Sharper and Tracey Porter came up big, time and time again.
I can’t give him a lot of credit for the play of Sharper last year, because the veteran was a ball hawk long before he came to the Saints and he brought all of his football knowledge with him when he came to New Orleans. I give Allen credit for development of Porter and safeties Roman Harper and Malcolm Jenkins.
Their best safety right now is Jenkins and he was sidelined for the playoffs this year and it severely hurt the Saints.
In the playoff game against the Seahawks, Allen and his secondary were totally embarrassed. Matt Hasselbeck threw four touchdown passes against the Saints with Sharper and Harper as accomplices. The New Orleans safeties were caught looking in the backfield and the Seahawks ran by them like they were invisible. It was one of the worst playoff games, I’ve ever seen a secondary play in the playoffs.
I’m sure Allen can’t wait to get that performance out of his system.