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January 23 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Despite going more than a week without filling their defensive coordinator vacancy, the Eagles have compiled a detailed list of candidates from which to make a hire, according to a league source close to the team.
The Eagles do not have a leading candidate, the source said, and won’t make a hire until Monday at the earliest. From that, the following conclusions can be drawn:
The Eagles are waiting to interview at least one coach from one of the four remaining teams playing in Sunday’s conference championships.
Saints assistant Dennis Allen, who is meeting with the Eagles this weekend, won’t be hired on the spot even though he remains a plausible contender for the job.
And that Jim Mora and Dick Jauron, rumored to be credible candidates for the opening, were never seriously considered by the Eagles.
Because of the time that has lapsed since the Eagles fired Sean McDermott and because head coach Andy Reid was on vacation during much of that period, the perception has been that the Eagles were taking a lackadaisical approach to the search and missing out on their targets.
If 12 seasons with Reid in charge of the Eagles have shown anything, it is that he is deliberate. So while there is a certain rush to hire a new coordinator, the Eagles are more concerned with making the right decision, the source said.
Allen, 38, has a resume that resembles that of the 36-year-old McDermott when he was promoted into the position two seasons ago. Both are young. Both had never been coordinators before at any level. And when both were secondary coaches their respective pass defenses weren’t especially dominating.
But to compare the two based on their similarities and say Allen would be a bust because McDermott was would be like saying McDermott was going to be a success because Steve Spagnuolo went from linebackers coach to Super Bowl-winning defensive coordinator in his first season.”
January 23 Camden Courier-Post columnist Geoff Mosher:
“Andy Reid was looking for some new blood with a veteran’s resume when the Eagles coach — quite possibly from a cabana in Antigua — pried Titans defensive line coach Jim Washburn away and gave him the same job in Philadelphia.
But in adding Washburn to resurrect his defensive linemen into some quarterback-sacking titans, he might also have made the Eagles an attractive landing spot for free agents or players seeking a new locale.
The hiring of Washburn, who spent 12 years in Tennessee, has already fueled speculation that two Pro Bowl lineman who flourished under Washburn’s tutelage are seeking a reunion with their mentor.
One is Albert Haynesworth, the Redskins’ $100 million dollar defensive tackle whose second season in the nation’s capital was doomed from the start.
Haynesworth protested the new coaching staff’s scheme change from a 4-3 to a 3-4, showed up to training camp out of shape and then found his role reduced to part-time player.
He managed just 2 1/2 sacks and, despite the five years left on his deal, seems destined to play anywhere but in Washington beyond 2010.
Haynesworth, according to NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora, has said he’d be willing to give back some of that hefty paycheck for another chance to work with Washburn, his position coach from 2002-2008 in Tennessee.
Of course, the only way Haynesworth could accept less money to play for the Eagles would be if the Redskins outright released him or traded him to Philadelphia, and really, haven’t the Redskins helped the Eagles enough lately?”
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