The Philadelphia Eagles Without a Defensive Coordinator: Without a Heir on Andy Reid’s Head

Well, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid and his family have finished their week of vacation time, and the Philadelphia Eagles have run out of publicly known candidates for the defensive coordinator position.  Sean McDermott, the Eagles former defensive coordinator, was recently fired and just as quickly hired by new head coach Ron Rivera and the Carolina Panthers.  Although the Eagles defense hasn’t been the caliber it once has under the late Jim Johnson, the defense remained 12th overall from last season.  It wasn’t great, but it was respectable.

Now Dennis Allen, the former assistant defensive line coach of the New Orleans Saints since 2006, has chosen to go become defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos and passed on the Philadelphia Eagles position. He will be joining former Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox with John Elway as vice president of football operations. Professionally, these potential Eagles defensive coordinators have already been taken and were pursued aggressively by other teams.  But it’s not the Eagles lack of urgency that is really disturbing in hindsight.

The most important question remains why all of these potential candidates have turned down the open position.  Or to put it another way, why have these potential candidates not aggressively pursue the open position?  That remains some food for thought  — and maybe a bitter pill to swallow.  Now the Eagles may have to potentially choose candidates among perhaps the New York Jets, the Green Bay Packers or the Pittsburgh Steelers.  At this point, I don’t see these teams willing to part with their defensive coaches or coordinators so easily.  The loss of the late Jim Johnson has impacted this team a year and a half later and has left this team now without a heir to his throne.


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