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January 21 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Incrementally, the Eagles are taking steps toward hiring a defensive coordinator.
This weekend, they will interview New Orleans Saints assistant Dennis Allen, a league source said.
The Eagles asked for and received permission to talk with the defensive backs coach on Wednesday, and apparently a just-back-from-vacation Andy Reid will be in attendance.
Allen is also scheduled to meet with the Denver Broncos first about their opening, according to FoxSports.com.
The 38-year-old Allen has suddenly become a hot commodity. He has no prior experience as a coordinator, but the Saints’ pass defense has been solid, if not spectacular, during his three years of direction.
“It’s a small league, and there aren’t many secrets,” Saints coach Sean Payton told the New Orleans Times Picayune. “His reputation has grown, and the word has gotten around. You can see it on film. He’s extremely talented, and another thing about him, he’s an extremely hardworking guy.”
Right now, Allen and Eagles senior assistant Dick Jauron are the only identified candidates for Sean McDermott’s old job. Former Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora took his name out of the running for both the Eagles‘ and Broncos’ openings. He was not considered a serious candidate for the Eagles‘ job, team sources said.
Jauron interviewed with the Cleveland Browns earlier this week and is said to be mulling over his options until Reid returns from Antigua on Friday. Former Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears head coach Dave Wannstedt and former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Billy Davis interviewed with Cleveland on Thursday, according to ESPN.”
January 20 Denver Post:
“After considering not one but two top assistant coach positions, Jim Mora may have ultimately decided he was better off not working at all.
The Broncos and the Philadelphia Eagles, meanwhile, may feel like they were taken for a ride.
Mora, a former Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks head coach, declined defensive coordinator offers Wednesday from the Broncos and the Eagles.
One factor in Mora’s change of heart, according to an NFL source, is that the Seahawks are still paying him a head coaching salary for one more season. He wouldn’t get that full payout from Seattle if he accepted another job.
The Broncos, who were the favorites to land Mora after he met with head coach John Fox this week, were offering the standard rate of a two-year contract, according to an NFL source.
Mora was the Seahawks’ head coach in 2009. He was fired after that season to make room for Pete Carroll. Apparently, neither the Eagles nor the Broncos provided the type of contract incentive to lure Mora back into coaching this year.
The Broncos have been paying considerable “dead money” to former head coaches Mike Shanahan and Josh McDaniels, as well as to several assistants, in recent years.
By passing up the Broncos’ offer, Mora passed up the chance to become the team’s sixth defensive coordinator in six years. The previous five: Larry Coyer (2006), Jim Bates (2007), Bob Slowik (2008), Mike Nolan (2009) and Don “Wink” Martindale (2010).”
January 21 Philadelphia Daily News:
“New Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn says he was looking for a change, and that is what led him to leave the Tennessee Titans after 12 seasons.
Washburn was not made available to the Philadelphia media Wednesday after his hiring was announced, at his request, the Eagles said. He reluctantly agreed to an interview with Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean in Nashville, yesterday.
Washburn wanted to make it clear that he left with no hard feelings or regrets, and that he was eager to get going with the Eagles.
“I need to get invigorated a little bit,” he said. “It wasn’t anything in particular, I just thought it was just about time. It is no reflection on the state of the Titans or anything. As a matter of fact, the Titans having the troubles is the one thing that made me want to stay. It almost kept me here. I’d like to be with them to fight their way back to the top. So I don’t want it to look like I am running out.”
An avid hunter and fisherman who loves to spend time with his grandchildren and wants to own a farm, Washburn, 61, also said he is not close to retirement.
“I want to have a life after I quit football, not just be known as Coach Wash,” he said. “But all that will come one day. Right now, I want to coach 5 or 6 more years, and I think I can coach as well as I’ve ever coached. I know I’m going to coach as hard as I can coach, I promise you that.””
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