Philadelphia Eagles To Interview Dennis Allen for Defensive Coordinator Position

Dan PennwynCorrespondent IJanuary 20, 2011

Photo taken in 2009
Photo taken in 2009NFL Photos/Getty Images

There is a new name in the search for the Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator and that name is Dennis Allen.

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports initially reported that the Eagles have received permission to interview New Orleans Saints defensive backs coach Dennis Allen.

Allen, who is 38 years of age, has spent the last five seasons with the Saints, coaching both the defensive line and defensive backs positions. He has experience teaching two areas of need for the Philadelphia Eagles, and if the Andy Reid can figure out a way to keep his current defensive backs coach Dick Jauron on the payroll, things could be very interesting.

He and Jauron could improve the caliber of the Eagles secondary to heights not yet seen by Philadelphia fans.

Add to the mix the fact that the Eagles just announced yesterday that former Tennessee Titans defensive line coach Jim Washburn is the Eagles' new D-line coach. Washburn comes with a platinum reputation for turning no-name defensive lines into a powerhouse unit.

Around the league, the signing of Washburn was highly regarded, as analysts like Adam Schefter commented, “Great hire.

Jason La Canfora remarked of the move on his Twitter saying: “May be the best in the biz. Worked wonders in Tenn”.  ”Few have developed young, raw draft picks into elite talents like Washburn.

A frequent guest on Eagles Live and Fox Sports analyst Adam Caplan also offered his opinion saying, ”In two seasons, the Eagles have hired the two top coaches at their position: DL, special teams.”

Combine Washburn’s talents with players like defensive ends Trent Cole, Brandon Graham and Juqua Parker, defensive tackles like Brodrick Bunkley, Mike Patterson, Antonio Dixon and even Jeff Owens and I am already anticipating a top-five defensive line in 2011.

Going back to Dennis Allen who might very well be the best option for Philadelphia, even if Jauron would decide to go, if the Eagles can reel him to Philadelphia, fans should expect an entirely different feel to the 2011 Eagles defense.

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