Eagles: Send Dick Jauron to Browns, Demote Sean McDermott, Hire Mike Singletary

Bryn SwartzSenior Writer IIIJanuary 15, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 16:  Head coach Mike Singletary of the San Francisco 49ers stands on the field during their game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 16, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns have officially asked the Eagles for permission to speak to Dick Jauron about becoming their defensive coordinator.

Jauron, the former head coach for the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills, is the Eagles defensive backs coach.

Under his tutelage, Asante Samuel earned a Pro Bowl selection, Quintin Mikell turned in a solid season and Nate Allen emerged as a future playmaker at free safety. But the combination of Ellis Hobbs, Dimitri Patterson and Joselio Hanson struggled at right cornerback this season.

Struggled is actually a polite term, as in many experts’ opinions, the right cornerback position was the weakest on the team.

I would be perfectly fine with letting Jauron walk. And I have a perfect replacement.

It’s current defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.

McDermott’s defense struggled in 2009, but many thought that the poor play was a result of the loss of All-Pro middle linebacker Stewart Bradley to a knee injury.

But in 2010, the Eagles defense was even worse.

The team lacked consistency at virtually every position: defensive end, linebacker, cornerback, even safety (after Nate Allen’s injury).

McDermott’s defense turned in the single worst performance by a defense in the red zone since 1988, allowing touchdowns on 33 of the 43 red-zone opportunities, and field goals on nine of the other 10.

They allowed 377 points for the season, including 24 or more in 11 games.

Speculation surfaced numerous times this season about McDermott losing his job, but head coach Andy Reid has denied any and all claims that McDermott might leave.

Then again, Reid said that Kevin Kolb, and not Michael Vick, was his quarterback for the 2010 season. He even said it after the Detroit game, and then changed his mind the next day.

He’s definitely made some strange coaching decisions in the past few years, and getting rid of McDermott wouldn’t be one of the strangest at all.

But I think the Eagles should keep McDermott. They should just demote him to defensive backs coach, where he served earlier in his career.

Let McDermott work on the most glaring weakness on the team: the defensive backfield. If he can shore up the team’s struggling defensive backfield, the Eagles will likely become Super Bowl contenders again.

As for defensive coordinator, I think the Eagles should bring in a new face.

Mike Singletary, the former San Francisco 49ers head coach who is a defensive wizard.

Can you think of a better guy to lead the defense?

Singletary was a Hall of Fame linebacker in the 1980s. He coached Ray Lewis for two seasons, the first of which Lewis won Defensive Player of the Year.

He coached Patrick Willis and developed him into one of the best young defensive playmakers in the league.

I can only imagine what he could do with young players like Jamar Chaney, Ernie Sims, Keenan Clayton, and Moise Fokou, as well as Brandon Graham, Nate Allen and Stewart Bradley.

This should no longer be McDermott’s defense. He’s had his chance to fix the defense and it didn’t happen.

Let’s bring in somebody who can actually do the job.


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