Report: The Eagles expand their search for a new defensive coordinator

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IOWA CITY, IA – OCTOBER 01: Defensive coordinator Jesse Minter talks with his players before a college football game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Iowa Hawkeyes, October 01, 2022, at Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA. (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire),

The Philadelphia Eagles have expanded their search for a new defensive coordinator this week. The team is expected to interview Vance Joseph on Wednesday and then again on Thursday with Howie Roseman and Jeffy Lurie present for the meeting on Thursday.

According to Mike Garafolo, the Eagles have now conducted interviews with Rams DB coach Chris Shula and Michigan DC Jesse Minter.

Chris Shula, the grandson of Don Shula, has been with the Rams since 2017 but started as a linebackers coach until switching his role in 2022. But before that, he worked on the same Charges staff as Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni. The history of those two being together could be key as Jonathan Gannon also had a history with Sirianni before being hired as the Eagles DC back in 2021.

It’s interesting to see that the Eagles are expanding their search from the NFL to the NCAA as Jesse Minter is the second college coordinator that has been interviewed by the team this week. While Minter does have NFL experience after spending time with the Ravens from 2017 to 2020, another common theme is the age bracket that some of these coordinators are in.

Eagles prioritizing youth?

While Vance Joseph is the oldest at 50 years old, the other coordinators that have been interviewed are in the age range of 37 years old to 40 years old. For the past two seasons, the Eagles have bolstered one of the younger coaching staffs in football and it looks like they want to continue that trend of development and growth.

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