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Early in his Eagles tenure, Andy Reid had one of the best coaching staffs in football. Jim Johnson was considered the best defensive coordinator in football.
However, Reid has struggled to create a pipeline of defensive coaching talent to step up as the staff changed over the years. After the passing of Jim Johnson, Reid’s defenses never had the same nastiness as in prior years.
From 2009-2012, the defense ranked in the Top 10 in yardage allowed only once (2011) and only ranked higher than 19th in points allowed once (2011).
Sean McDermott attempted to employ some of Johnson’s philosophies, but his defenses gave up some of the highest points-allowed totals in Eagles history.
He then made the questionable call to promote offensive line coach Juan Castillo to defensive coordinator. Castillo lasted less than two seasons and was fired in October 2012.
Reid’s has always been very hands-off when it comes to defense. The Chiefs were one of the worst defenses in football, giving up 26.6 PPG and surrendering 30-plus points seven times. If he wants to come out strong in Kansas City, he will need to put a solid coaching staff together on defense.
He will need strong position coaches with leadership and coaching potential as well as a coordinator who can mentor the assistants. He also must be more involved in the defensive side of the ball.