January 27, 2024   2 MIN READ

Eyes on Eagles

Desai Receiving Notice from Around the League; Tanney Exploring Other Opportunities


Sean Desai’s rocky tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles has not deterred the rest of the NFL from exploring taking a chance on him. 

Desai has already received multiple job interviews for teams’ vacant defensive coordinator spots, per NFL Network.

Sean Desai

GETTY IMAGES: Former Eagles DC Sean Desai is receiving other looks from around the NFL.

The 40-year-old Desai was defensive coordinator by name for the Birds after being hired in ‘23, but his time effectively ended after just 13 games by giving playcalling and control of the defense to Senior Defensive Assistant Matt Patricia. 

It was not an effective change as the 10-3 Eagles finished 11-6 with a Wild Card exit and were worse off in almost every defensive statistic. 

Both Atlanta and Buffalo fielded respectable defenses in 2023. The Falcons are looking for a coordinator under new head coach Raheem Morris, who ran a Fangio-style scheme as DC for the Los Angeles Rams. The Bills went this past season without a coordinator, putting head coach Sean McDermott completely in charge of the defensive unit.

Alex Tanney

A new coordinator will not be the only change to the Philadelphia Eagles offense.

Quarterbacks coach Alex Tanney has received permission to explore other opportunities, per ESPN.

Tanney joined Head Coach Nick Sirianni’s inaugural Eagles staff in 2021 as an offensive quality control coach before being promoted to assistant QBs coach in 2022 and finally QB coach in 2023. 

While Jalen Hurts had a solid showing for much of 2023, it did not reach the heights of his MVP-level 2022 as the entire offense entered a rut during the 1-6 finish to the season.

With a new offensive coordinator expected to have control of the scheme, Sirianni will likely follow the precedent he set with new DC Vic Fangio and allow him to have his pick of positional coaches, with exceptions such as the legendary offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland as well as Sirianni’s right-hand man Kevin Patullo.

– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.

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