I have a friend who coaches for the New York Jets who would be a great addition to the staff for the Eagles but I haven’t heard his name mentioned by anybody but the guy is as good as of a secondary coach as there is in the National Football League. He name is Dennis Thurman and I played with him at USC and he’s got a tremendous feel for playing defensive back.
I don’t know if Thurman would even want to be a defensive coordinator, but I guarantee that he would immediately put an end to our problems in our defensive backfield. He would have a foot up Nate Allen’s, Quintin Mikell’s, Dimitri Patterson’s and rest of that secondary’s butts.
Dennis is well known by Eagles fans for delivering a cheap-shot to Harold Charmichael’s ankle which helped the Cowboys stop Charmichael’s consecutive catch streak, years ago.
Thurman wasn’t fast and he’s not big. He was able to pick off 36 passes in his career and he’s been with Rex Ryan since they got together in Baltimore. There’s a reason Ryan brought him with him to New York because he’s seen Thurman work with a secondary.
He was one of the best free safeties that I’ve ever seen at reading a quarterbacks eyes and he’s very good with young defensive backs. Ronnie Lott mentioned Dennis in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech because Thurman helped him when he was at USC. Ed Reed will make some of those same statements when he goes into the Hall of Fame in the following decade.
Thurman was a player/coach back in the 1980’s with the Dallas Cowboys and he did a nice job of working with Everson Walls, Michael Downs and the other young defensive backs there. He’s always been a student of the game, who could read routes and anticipate what the opposing offense was going to do.