By Justin Adkins:
Per Adam Caplan of foxsports.com, the Eagles have requested permission to interview Bears secondary coach John Hoke for their open defensive cooridinator position.
The rumor has since been confirmed by Howard Eskin, and with Eskin’s nose so far up Andy Reid’s posterior that Eskin can predict potential disturbances better than a Richter scale on the San Andreas fault, the interview should definitely be happening.
Hoke has spent the past two seasons coaching the Bears’ secondary. Prior to that he coached the Texans’ secondary for seven. He also previously served as defensive coordinator under Steve Spurrier at the University of Florida.
It’s been assumed that the delay in filling the vacancy was due to the team’s inability to interview coaches on the Super Bowl bound Packers and Steelers, with the name of Packers secondary coach Darren Perry getting mentioned often a a likely target.
However, the Bears coaches are eligible to be interviewed — assuming the team grants permission — so it looks like the Eagles have decided to make use of the time between now and Super Bowl Sunday. With Hoke’s contract set to expire soon, it’s unlikely the Bears would try to block the move.
And it can’t be a coincidence that so far that many of the names linked to interview are all defensive back coaches. With the way the Eagles cover, it’s not a surprise at all. And if one of them gets the job, hopefully he is given more than the likes of Dimitri Patterson to coach in the starting lineup.
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