Eagles Hire Jonathan Gannon As DC; Latest On OC Search

The Eagles have hired Colts defensive backs coach Jonathan Gannon as their new defensive coordinator, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (via Twitter). Albert Breer of SI.com reported yesterday that Gannon had emerged as the favorite for the job and that all signs were pointing towards a union between him and Philadelphia (Twitter link).

Both Rapoport and Breer classify Gannon as a coveted addition, with Breer noting that the former Colts staffer had multiple coordinator offers. We knew that both the Chargers and the Bears were considering Gannon, and it’s possible that those two clubs extended him offers, along with the Eagles.

Of course, Gannon may have chosen the Eagles because of his familiarity with new Philadelphia head coach Nick Sirianni, who served as the Colts’ OC over the past three seasons. Sirianni was clearly a fan of Gannon’s work, as he was a key part of a staff that helped turn Indianapolis’ defense into one of the league’s top units over the past several seasons. Under Gannon’s watch, cornerback Xavier Rhodes revived his career in 2020, while fellow CB Kenny Moore and safety Khari Willis also turned in strong seasons.

Meanwhile, Sirianni is acting quickly to fill out the rest of his staff. Mike Klis of 9News.com reports that the Eagles are meeting with Broncos RB coach Curtis Modkins about their OC opening, while Rapoport notes that the club is also interviewing Chargers OC Shane Steichen (Twitter links).

Modkins is the more experienced of the two, having served as running backs coach or offensive coordinator with seven different NFL teams since 2008. But Steichen is at least partially credited for Justin Herbert‘s terrific rookie season in Los Angeles in 2020, and he and Sirianni did work together on the Chargers’ offensive staff from 2014-17.

In related news, the Eagles considered interviewing Josh McCown for their head coaching position before hiring Sirianni, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. McCown, who is now under consideration for the Texans’ HC job, impressed Eagles brass with his leadership skills and football acumen during his recent stint as a Philadelphia quarterback, and the club believes he has what it takes to be an NFL coach.

But the fact that he had no coaching experience of any kind led the Eagles to move in a different direction.

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  1. bumpy93

    what I’ve read about him he seems like a pretty good hire. I’m not going to sit here and say I knew much about him beforehand cuz I didn’t but as I said it seems like a couple other teams were interested in him so this does look as it is a good hire.

      • BrandonGregory74

        I think Sirianni is a good game planner but Reich called the plays. It’s when Reich went off script that the Colts struggled. JMO.

    • jawn

      McCown should get a year or two experience as a quarterbacks coach before being considered for OC.

  2. bumpy93

    I know this is off topic but just listen to 610 WIP in Philadelphia, they report it that Deuce daily has officially asked the Philadelphia Eagles to be released from his contract to explore options elsewhere. most people figured including myself that this was going to happen and it does suck to lose deuce after he’s been here for as long as he’s been here also a few really good years as are running back. going to miss you deuce best of luck elsewhere, but you did deserve better from the Eagles

    • Polish Hammer

      While I wasn’t yet in the Duce for Head Coach camp, I definitely think he should look elsewhere at this point. Maybe they give him the OC position and get him to stay, but I can’t blame him for wanting out.

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