Nick Sirianni is moving forward with his staff search. The Eagles are set to interview Washington defensive backs coach Chris Harris for their defensive coordinator job, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.
The elder of the NFL’s two active Chris Harrises has worked as a head DBs coach for one season. Prior to his relocation to Washington in 2020, the former Bears defensive back was the Chargers’ assistant secondary coach for four seasons. Harris, 38, played eight NFL seasons.
Sirianni and Harris’ Chargers tenures overlapped. Prior to the Colts hiring Sirianni as their OC in 2018, he was on the Bolts’ staff with Harris from 2016-17 coaching wide receivers. Harris stuck around through the 2019 slate, overseeing Derwin James‘ versatile All-Pro season in 2018.
The Eagles are looking for a replacement for Jim Schwartz, who announced he would step away after the 2020 season. Schwartz spent the entire Doug Pederson run as Philadelphia’s DC.
A Schwartz-to-Harris switch would make for a major experience downgrade, with the previous Philly DC having coached in the NFL since 1996. But more names will soon emerge in this search — the Eagles’ first such hiring process since 2016.