For the rest of the week Andy Reid and the Eagles front office will be focused on hiring a defensive coordinator. We have heard about three names, Dick Jauron, Billy Davis, and Jim Mora Jr., that the Eagles are considering but thanks to our knowledgeable readers, I have been made aware of quite few more names that could and should be considered.
The son of famed Central Bucks West legendary head coach Mike Pettine Sr.. Mike Pettine Jr. followed his father into coaching and has the title of defensive coordinator for Rex Ryan’s New York Jets. We all realize that Ryan is really the team’s defensive coordinator, but Pettine is probably ready to go on his own after working under Ryan in Baltimore and in New York. He’s been a lot of credit for developing some of the young linebackers in Baltimore and New York.
Green Bay Packers linebackers coach Kevin Greene was a beast when he played and he’s been doing a great job of coaching another beast of a linebacker, Clay Matthews. I don’t know how long Greene has been in Green Bay but he played for Dom Capers, now he’s coaching for him. If he can implement some of Capers magic, he would be an ideal coach for the Birds.
Mike Trgovac is the defensive line coach for the Packers. He was the defensive line coach for the Eagles during Ray Rhodes’ tenure here. During his time here in Philadelphia, his defensive lines were amongst the league leaders in sacks and they led the league in sacks with 43 in 1995. Trgovac has also been defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers. During his time there the Panthers were fifth in the league in defense.
Another name which Paulman mentioned was former University of Miami head coach Randy Shannon. He did a great job with a number of University of Miami defenses which helped the school compete for a number of national championships.
I played with Shannon in Dallas for a couple of years and he didn’t have the physical skills to succeed in the NFL but he had great instincts and great knowledge of Jimmy Johnson’s defense. He’s an outstanding teacher and he does a great of job of relating to and motivating young football players.
Provided by Paulman:
He was on the Defensive Staff/LB Coach for the Dolphins 1998 theu 2000 and then was hired as
Mimi’s DC in 2001 by then U of Miami Cocah Larry Coker and in the 6 Years he was D/C
the Miami Hurricaines were ranked in the Top 7 in Defense for 5 of his 6 Years He was DC
Take a list of some of the Defensive players he helped recrui & coached
Safety Postiion — Ed Reed, Sean Taylor, Kenny Phillips,Andre Rolle & Brandon Merriweather
CB Postion – P Buchannon, M Rumph, J Joseph,
LB Postions – J Vilma, DJ Johnson,R McIntosh, J Beason,
DL POsitons – V WIlfork, C Campbell, A Dixon,B Pata, J McDougle, J Green
Football, at times, really is s simple sport. Ideally the Eagles should look around the league at teams that YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT field top level defenses (i.e. Ravens and Steelers) and hire one of their defensive assistants.
The Steelers, in particular, have two guys (LB coach Keith Butler and DL coach/assistant head coach John Mitchell) who have been a part of the defensive system there for 9 yrs. and 19 yrs respectfully. When the Eagles hired Andy Reid he had not even been a coordinator in the NFL and they made him Head Coach!
The bottom line for me is that they need a fresh start philosophically and hiring a highly touted defensive assistant from a team with a history of fielding a good aggressive defense is the way to go. Forget Jim Mora Jr. and the possibility that he could take over for Reid at some point. This team set a record (for the third year in a row mind you!!) for points scored. They can win a championship with this regime and this offense, but it’s time for a change in philosophy on defense. Jim Johnson was GREAT but there will never be another like him.
Who should be the Eagles new defensive coordinator?
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