Eagles to interview Ron Rivera for Defensive Coordinator vacancy

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Washington Commanders defensive end Chase Young (99) taking the field before the start of the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the Philadelphia Eagles will be interviewing Ron Rivera for their recently vacated Defensive Coordinator position.

Eagles take a look at Ron Rivera

Rivera was fired by the Washington Commanders following a 4-13 season, but it’s not like he had much to work with. He went into that position with an impressive track record as a Head Coach. In fact, he’d been a HC for the last 13 years, spending most of that time with the Carolina Panthers before a four-year stint in Washington.

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Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera, left, watching Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) greeting Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell (14) at the end of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023, in Landover, Md. Eagles won 38-31. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

As Fowler mentioned, the last time he was a defensive coordinator was 2008-10 with the Los Angeles Chargers, where his exceptional job convinced the Panthers to give him a shot as a Head Coach. A decision that would ultimately lead to a Super Bowl appearance and an iconic season from Cam Newton, along with some brilliant defensive stalwarts.

That last part will intrigue Jeffrey Lurie. Rivera has helped mold the likes of Luke Keuchley, Josh Norman, and Shaq Thompson. Even in Washington, there were still flashes of greatness from a defense that always seemed to lack depth and top-level talent. But the few names that did emerge include the likes of Chase Young, for instance.

It will be interesting to see how many names the Eagles bring in for an interview, but Rivera is one of the most logical options as someone with a wealth of experience that would help guide Nick Sirianni through uncharted waters, something that would’ve been extremely valuable this past season.

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