The Eagles have found their replacements for the two coordinators that have left for head coaching jobs. And not a moment too soon.
The Philadelphia Eagles have yet to announce the hiring but its been confirmed by Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times that former Seahawks associate head coach Sean DeSai will be taking the defensive coordinator position after his predecessor, Jonathan Gannon, left for Arizona.
Like Gannon, DeSai comes heavily regarded as a top disciple of the Vic Fangio style of defense. In his lone year as defensive coordinator with Chicago in 2021, the Bears’ defense ranked 6th in total defense, 3rd in passing yards allowed, and tops in the league in sacks. Top players like Robert Quinn also had their best years under Desai’s aggressive approach.
Before the hiring, head coach Nick Sirianni explained he would like to keep several concepts the same with a new defensive coordinator, particularly turnover differential but would allow the new coach to add in new wrinkles to a defense that will have plenty of new faces in 2023.
Top free agents like James Bradberry, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, and Fletcher Cox are all free agents with many not expected back due to the Eagles’ tight cap availability.
Desai was one of several finalists for the defensive coordinator role with other minds like Vance Joseph, Dennard Wilson, and Jim Leonhard considered.
What’s next for the Eagles?
The team has not confirmed if Dennad Wilson, the current secondary coach, would return after losing out on the top job.
Regardless of what happens with filling out the other assistant roles, the Eagles needed to have their coordinators resolved going into the NFL Combine. It appears that they have done so.
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