Report: Eagles Interviewing Herrmann For DC Job

There’s a new name in the mix for the Eagles’ defensive coordinator job: Jim Herrmann.

Herrmann, who has been the Giants’ linebackers coach for the past four seasons, is interviewing with Chip Kelly and company, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

He previously serves as the linebackers coach for the Jets (2006-2008) and has seven years of NFL experience.

Herrmann also has 20 years of college experience at his alma mater, Michigan. He was the Wolverines’ defensive coordinator from 1997 to 2005 and has experience with both the 4-3 and the 3-4.

“I think as a defensive coach for as long as I have been doing it – we ran the 4-3 in Michigan; ran the 3-4 at the Jets.  So you are exposed to all of that,” he told the Giants’ Web site in 2009. “And you are always looking for ideas – what best suits your personnel.”

As Tim explained yesterday, the Eagles have also shown interest in Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

Kelly has not officially named any members to his staff yet, but according to reports, he’ll bring defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro with him from Oregon.

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  • Jleet

    Would be a great move. I’m a huge MI fan and this guy knows defense

    • Mike

      Jleet- it’s been hard keeping up with the change in the UM coaching staff last few years (from Carr to RichRod to Hoke) but I was sure there was a longtime Michigan coach that the UM fans were thrilled to be rid of. Pretty sure he was the D coordinator. This isn’t the guy is it?

      • Jleet

        No that was Greg Robinson for a few years. Herrmann can coach, he k ows what to do with nfl talent. His d kinda was starting to get gashed at the end of his time at UM. Overall very good coach

        • Mike

          Thanks. Greg Robinson does sound familiar. He wasn’t very good at Michigan so that’s probably who I was thinking of.

  • Mostel

    YES! Keep the 4-3 please and only move to a 3-4 AFTER you have a roster that can do it.

  • Johnny Domino

    Nice window to the division

  • eagle fan dwn south

    Never heard of this guy in the coaching world I sure hope chip know what he’s doing cse defense have killed us for 3 years

  • Mr. Magee

    Why not interview Ray Horton??

    • BQNinja

      He’s with the Browns now.

      • Mr. Magee

        You can’t take your eye of this stuff for a minute without losing track!

  • ICDogg

    If it were up to me they would talk Lovie Smith into coming here and putting together a Bears-style D.

    • ICDogg

      I mean, I assume Lovie would like another opportunity to be a head coach, but is he really better off sitting out the year while showing he is still relevant and working with an innovative offensive coach?

      • daggolden

        Lovie Smith is due 5 million dollars from Bears next year because he was fired and has a contract. If he signs as a DC for any team he forfiets that money because he signs a new contract. He probably will only make about 1 million to be a DC. So he will have forfieted 4 million. He isnt doing that. Might as well sit out 1 year and collect the 5 million.

        • ICDogg

          I’m sure he could work something out with the Bears where they would pay the difference. It would save the Bears money. Why wouldn’t they go along with it?

          • ian_no_2

            I think the way it works is that the Bears have to pay the difference anyway, so it’s like working for free. It’s a question of whether he wants to take on a DC job long term when he wants to stay as HC. He could be talked into it as the jobs fill.

          • ICDogg

            I know what you are saying, but if you want to remain relevant in this league, you can’t just be sitting on your butt for a year, waiting for a head coaching job to open up.

            I think Smith would be a good fit for the personnel the Eagles have. Really, it’s the same stuff Castillo was dreaming of doing, but from the guy who actually knows how to put it together right, and not hamstrung by a D-line coach who insists on the wide 9 stuff.

          • ian_no_2

            It’s possible as I suggested that after the HC jobs are all full, he’ll listen to DC offers, and may be holding out for more long term money as DC.

          • ICDogg

            makes sense.

          • UKEagle99

            Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher & Brian Billick have sat on their butts for a few years, they still seemed to attract some attention. Lovie wont be a DC this year.

          • D3Keith

            Those are terrible examples, as none of those guys is coaching, and all three are stretches to meet IC Dogg’s “remain relevant.”

            I think the Jeff Fisher/Mike Shanahan one year is the most you can sit, and that’s for very established coaches. Lovie is probably just established enough to do it, but it’s clear he also wanted jobs this year.

            I’d love to have him, but I’d rather have a system that remains the same for a while. JJ was a blessing because he was never going to be an HC, but he was a genius.

          • Scott J

            Really ICDogg? Gruden and Billick have been sitting on their butts for years and they’re still relevant when talking about coaching.

          • ICDogg

            I don’t know how relevant they really are, since they are still not head coaches. Sure, owners/management teams are going to speak to guys that have had previous success, especially ones that are well known and are staying on top of the game with media jobs, but it’s hard to gauge the actual level of interest. I think some of that so-called interest is media driven.

            You never know, though. Some coaches get hired after many years out, certainly Joe Gibbs and Dick Vermeil jump to mind. I think it’s the exception, though, not the rule.

        • GoBirds1

          you have know idea what you are talking about. It does not work that way and do you think it does. Read below to learn how it works.

        • HarmsWay

          You may be right but Reid had a year left on his contract when he got fired. I remember reading that if he got a new job the Eagles only had to pick up the difference if his new job paid him less. So maybe Lovie had a similar clause? Not sure but something to consider.

  • Jleet

    No that was Greg Robinson former Syracuse HC he was terrible. Herman can coach knows nfl talent and how to use it

  • ian_no_2

    Raheem Morris is a 4-3 guy, and the Eagles’ strength is their defensive line depth.

  • thefadd

    ding dong April’s gone — which old April, Bobby April — ding dong Bobby April’s gone!