We are closer to the Eagles naming a defensive coordinator, though it doesn’t feel that way.
A common thought as the rest of Chip Kelly’s staff got filled out was that there was a defensive coordinator all but locked in, and it was just a matter of said coach getting through with his Super Bowl run before it became official.
The presumed candidate was San Francisco defensive backs coach Ed Donatell, whom Brian Dawkins strongly endorsed on Sunday. There was little to suggest otherwise. Early hot names like Georgia’s Todd Grantham had cooled, Giants linebackers coach Jim Herrmann pulled out of the running, and Donatell’s name was the only one that had any stick to it.
Maybe he still is the guy. But as the days trudge on and the news cycle flips over, a couple new names have made their way into the conversation.
A new name entered the public discussion about the Eagles’ defensive coordinator opening Thursday when the Saints fired Steve Spagnuolo.
Sean Payton explained that the Saints are moving to a 3-4. Of course, it didn’t help that New Orleans’ defense was terrible last year.
Andy Reid and the Eagles tried to hire Spagnuolo (in some capacity) last offseason, but he decided to go to the Saints. He spent eight seasons as an assistant in Philadelphia from 1999 to 2006 (quality control, defensive backs, linebackers). Spagnuolo was the Giants’ defensive coordinator in 2007 and 2008 before going to St. Louis. The Rams went 10-38 in three seasons under Spagnuolo’s direction.
So, the question is: Should the Eagles give him a serious look as defensive coordinator?
Some news to pass along regarding the Eagles’ coaching search, which we now know will no longer include Jim Herrmann.
Chip Kelly‘s staff will have a little Andy Reid flavor to it.
The Eagles will name Pat Shurmur offensive coordinator, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Word on Todd Grantham may come down soon.
The belief from the University of Georgia side is that Chip Kelly has already spoken with the Bulldog’s defensive coordinator, and will make a decision as early as Friday on whether he is the right fit. If the job is offered, Grantham is expected to take it.
Now that we have had a chance to speak with Chip Kelly for the first time, let’s dive a little deeper into the quarterback situation.
Kelly was asked specifically following his press conference whether he can move forward and run what he wants to run with Nick Foles as his quarterback.
Chip Kelly is on Philly soil.
A group of television reporters gathered at Northeast airport Wednesday night as the new Eagles head coach touched down. He stopped and spoke briefly with 6ABC and others before heading to Jeffrey Lurie‘s house with Howie Roseman and Don Smolenski.
Gus Bradley left for Jacksonville this morning without a deal.
That does not guarantee that he will not be the next head coach of the Eagles, but it does open the door to other scenarios.
One name to keep an eye on is Ken Whisenhunt, who interviewed on Monday. One league source believes it is a two-man race between Whisenhunt and Bradley right now, but really only Jeffrey Lurie knows for sure.