Report: Birds Bring Desai To Philly For Second Interview
Search For DC Nearing Closure
As the NFL Combine begins this week, and the Philadelphia Eagles facing several questions about the future of their defense, the search for their next defensive coordinator appears to be nearing its end.
The team reportedly brought candidate Sean Desai into the NovaCare Complex on Monday for another interview, per NFL Network. As we’ve reported on Inside The Birds, Desai was one of several candidates to have his first interview with the Eagles via Zoom.
#Seahawks associate head coach and defensive assistant Sean Desai is in the building in Philly today, doing a second interview for the #Eagles vacant DC job, per me and @MikeGarafolo. Desai, a Vic Fangio disciple, is a finalist for the post previously held by Jonathan Gannon.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 27, 2023
Desai spent the 2022 season as an associate head coach/defensive assistant under Pete Carroll for the Seahawks, but Desai more of a branch off the Vic Fangio tree, having spent four season in Fangio’s staff with the Chicago Bears, where Fangio was defensive coordinator from 2015-2018.
Desai was promoted to Bears’ defensive coordinator by then-head coach Matt Nagy in 2021 and his defense finished that season ranked sixth in total defense and third in pass defense.
The Bears cleaned house after their 6-11 season, and Desai was hired by the Seahawks last year. His defense in Chicago featured multiple fronts and employed similar concepts that were set in place from Fangio’s time there.
Others who have interviewed for the Eagles’ defensive coordinator job are Vance Joseph, who has since become Denver Broncos defensive coordinator; University of Georgia co-defensive coordinator Glenn Schumann, who ITB reported on Monday was impressive in his interview; Eagles defensive backs coach and pass defense coordinator Dennard Wilson, who’ll be strongly considered for the job; and former University of Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard, who has since pulled out of the running to undergo hip surgery.
– Geoff Mosher (@geoffmoshernfl) is co-host of the “Inside the Birds” podcast and staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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