On the same day the Philadelphia Eagles lost their offensive coordinator to a head coaching job, hours later they have now lost their defensive coordinator to a different head coaching position. Although this one won’t be so hard to see go.
Adam Schefter reported that Jonathan Gannon will become the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. This comes hours after Shane Steichen was recently hired and welcomed in as the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.
For Gannon, the two-year run in Philadelphia was filled with great numbers, but less-than-stellar results. The Eagles’ defense after years of futility against the pass was a top-10 unit in back-to-back years for the first time since the Jim Johnson era.
However, his defense have struggled against top quarterbacks, especially in Super Bowl LVII left a sour taste in the majority of the fanbase’s mouths. In Super Bowl LVII, MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs scored on every second-half possession they received due to a lack of adjustments and poor game planning by Gannon.
It’s the first time a team has lost both coordinators in the same offseason since the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013.
Internal candidates for the Eagles?
There is solace in both departures though as the Eagles have excellent replacement candidates for both sides of the ball. On offense, Brian Johnson is considered the favorite to replace Steichen, while Nick Rallis and Dennard Wilson are two highly coveted assistants that could get the bulk of the attention to replace Gannon.
Nevertheless, The Eagles will need to find a way to effectively replace two key play-callers on the team that wee a big reason for the team’s success the last couple of years.
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