Since parting ways with defensive coordinator Sean McDermott on January 16th one of the biggest questions concerning the Eagles has been who is going to fill that position? A number of different names from Dick Jauron to Jim Mora Jr. have circulated but Andy Reid and Jeffery Lurie remain tight-lipped about who the new DC will be. In Philly executive decisions are always under the microscope and the lack of a replacement has been scrutinized heavily by Eagle fans alike.
To subpar reviews McDermott served as their defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, and has been with the Eagles since 1998. A job he was handed the reins to after the legendary Jim Johnson lost his bout with cancer. Reid who 3 days prior to his firing reiterated that McDermott would be back as the Eagles defensive coordinator touted McDermott as a hard worker and a respected coach. Looking back you can see that maybe Andy had already decided to send him packing with only some pleasantries to show for it.
The most intriguing coaching move of the off-season happened yesterday when the longest tenured coach in football Jeff Fisher parted ways with the Tennessee Titans after 16 seasons as head coach. With no current head coaching vacancies in the NFL it makes for an interesting story regarding the Eagles and their need for a defensive coordinator.
There are several reasons why this could work. Fisher has a history in Philadelphia coaching here under Buddy Ryan for 5 seasons as defensive backs coach and then as defensive coordinator. After Buddy Ryan was fired in 1991 Jeff Fisher was one of two candidates for the head coaching position in Philly but Eagles owner Norman Braman opted instead for offensive coordinator Rich Kotite. Wow, nice move Norman! Another reason Fisher would work here is Jim Washburn. Our new defensive line coach and his old coaching buddy. Washburn was given permission from the Titans to look for another job, something that reportedly frustrated Fisher.
Reports continue to service about who the new DC will be for the Birds. It seems as if Reid has already made up his mind but remains mum. It is highly unlikely that Fisher will be the next defensive coordinator but it’s a move I think would benefit both Fisher and the Eagles.
The most likely scenario still seems to be Packers defensive backs coach Darren Perry. It would make sense seeing as how Reid has been playing the waiting game as far as making a decision. Perry a former Penn State defensive back has spent the last two seasons with the Packers. He also provides a unique connection to highly coveted cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. Perry coached Asomugha for two seasons as defensive backs coach in Oakland. That right there is reason enough to hire Perry. It makes sense for the Eagles to bring in a defensive backs specialist after allowing a franchise record 31 pass touchdowns in 2010.
It looks as if we will have to wait another two weeks until we officially find out Reid’s method to madness. Until then we will continue to speculate who that person will be, and for now Jeff Fisher seems to be an attractive pick.