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Green Bay Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac
Now that the Eagles have announced highly regarded Jim Washburn is the new defensive line coach in Philly, it's time to turn the focus over to the next Defensive Coordinator.
Mike Singletary is off the market as he signed with the Minnesota Vikings and other from fans I've talked to, he never really was a front runner for the position.
Jim Mora Jr. has apparently taken himself out of the running with both the Eagles and Denver as he wants to return to the NFL as a head coach. He interviewed with the Broncos and was expected to do so with Andy Reid as soon as he returned from vacation.
I sure hope Mora didn't want an answer from Reid immediately but the fact that he took himself out of the running speaks volumes itself.
That leaves just three available individuals to resume McDermott's role.
Dick Jauron: Jauron is already the Eagles defensive backs coach so he will most likely get the position offered to him due to his familiarity with the personnel already in Philly.
However there are some concerns with hiring Jauron for the position.
Clearly Andy Reid is looking for something completely fresh from him defense, or else he wouldn't have rid of Sean McDermott or Rory Segrest and I'd like to know just what type of defense he is looking to employ before they just hand him the position.
If he hadn't already, Jauron is also scheduled to interview with the Cleveland Browns for their Defensive Coordinator position. Will he wait for Reid's return or will he sign the dotted line with Tom Heckert?
Bill Davis: Davis replaced Jim Mora Jr. as the San Fransisco 49ers defensive coordinator back in the 2005-06' season when he received his first D.C. award. He again received the honor in the 2009-10' season when he was with the Arizona Cardinals.
Is Davis the answer? It sure looks like he would fit the part with his honors, and him also being the linebackers coach for the Cardinals. Absolutely Davis could find a home in Philly right, eh, not so fast doc!
In 2006 he was criticised by Monte Poole of the Oakland Tribune for his defensive methods, appearing to employ a hybrid 4-3 and 3-4 defense.
"The defensive coordinator Billy Davis, who drifts between the 4-3 scheme and the 3-4 scheme, not only has been incapable of masking these deficiencies but also seems to find ways to accentuate them."
Is a hybrid defense something Andy Reid is looking for? We'll have to wait and see.
Mike Trgovac: Currently the Green Bay Packers defensive line coach Trgovac is an interesting prospect for the Eagles defensive coordinator position.
Being a former coach in Philadelphia he already knows of the fierce mentality Eagles fans expect from its defense.
He knows what it takes to create a demoralizing defense as he's done in Green Bay for some time, but also being a defensive line coach he and Jim Washburn could form an extremely ferocious Eagles defensive line with the current members on the roster.
In 1998 his defensive line ranked third in the NFL in sack percentage and first against the pass. Was it his ability to be an outstanding coach or was it simply the level of talent along the front four?
In 1995 his defensive line produced a league high 42.5 sacks proving to be a dominating force, something that has been lost for some time!
This is the next big move for the Eagles. Who do they sign, what kind of defense will the individual employ, the list goes on and on.
I'm sure that if required, Reid would either return early from his vacation or be in extremely close contact with GM Howie Roseman.