Philadelphia Eagles: 3 Coaches Emerge as Candidates for Defensive Coordinator

Bryn Swartz@eaglescentralSenior Writer IIIJanuary 16, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 15: Head coach Dick Jauron of the Buffalo Bills reacts to his teams play against the Tennessee Titans in their NFL game at LP Field on November 15, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee.    (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)
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According to sources, the Philadelphia Eagles have three coaches who have emerged as candidates for the defensive coordinator position.

One is not in the NFL. One is currently with the Philadelphia Eagles. And one is a college football head coach.

They are, in no particular order…


1) Jim Mora Jr.

Mora’s resume includes head coaching positions with the Atlanta Falcons, (2004-2006), and the Seattle Seahawks, (2010).

He was the coach of the Falcons team which lost to the Eagles, 27-10, in the 2004 NFC Championship Game.

As the Seahawks coach, he was fired after a 5-11 season, despite signing a five-year contract before the season.

He has also served as the defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers, from 1999 to 2003.

My concern about him is that he has experience but never a lot of success.

He was 26-22 with the Atlanta Falcons, and 1-1 in the playoffs. Good but not great.

He lasted just one season with Seattle neither did he have much success with the San Francisco 49ers. His defenses allowed 453, 422, 282, 351, and 337 points.


2) Billy Davis.

Davis is the current defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals.

He has coached parts of the defense for the Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, and Pittsburgh Steelers.

He served as the 49ers' defensive coordinator from 2005 to 2006 but did absolutely nothing to help the defense.

He was the Cardinals' defensive coordinator from 2009 to 2010.

I would pick Mora over Davis.


3) Dick Jauron.

Jauron is currently the Eagles senior assistant/defensive backs coach.

After an eight-year career in the National Footbal League, he coached the defensive backfield of the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers for 10 seasons.

He served as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ defensive coordinator from 1995 to 1998.

He was the head coach of the Chicago Bears from 1999 to 2003. He won Coach of the Year honors in 2001 after leading the team to a 13-3 record.

He had a disappointing stint as the Detroit Lions defensive coordinator in 2004 and 2005 and coached the Buffalo Bills from 2006 to 2009.

He has been unsuccessful as a head coach throughout his career, winning 60 and losing 82.

I am surprised that Jauron is being considered for the defensive coordinator position.

The Eagles backfield was the team’s weak spot on defense this season. Asante Samuel, Quintin Mikell and Nate Allen had good seasons, but the combination of Dimitri Patterson and Ellis Hobbs and Joselio Hanson at cornerback was poor, and cost the team anywhere from one to three wins.

If I had to pick one of the three to become the Eagles defensive coordinator, I would pick Jauron. Mora would be my second choice. Davis would be third although none of three impresses me.