December 18, 2023   3 MIN READ

Defensive Shuffling

ITB: Intel on Patricia Promotion, Desai Demotion


Plenty has transpired for the Philadelphia Eagles over the past 72 hours leading up to the Monday night matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.

On the latest episode of “Inside The Birds,” Adam Caplan and Geoff Mosher provided intel on the recent change within the Eagles coaching staff and injury updates.

Sean Desai

Eagles Defensive Coordinator Sean Desai will move to the booth and cede play calling duties to Matt Patricia

Matt Patricia

Geoff Mosher: “Matt Patricia will be calling the plays and be on the sideline. He is technically, without the title, the defensive coordinator…from how we understand it, this is a decision that both Nick Sirianni and Howie Roseman were involved in.”

Adam Caplan: “When the first practice came on Thursday, Patricia obviously had to be calling the plays. They didn’t decide this on Saturday…logically, it should have happened on Monday [after Dallas]. We checked into it and got conflicting information. I’m shocked that this didn’t get out.”

Sean Desai

Mosher: “I feel like you are embarrassing him and neutering him. If you have decided that Matt Patricia is better for what you have and you are naming him the playcaller, then why are you keeping Sean Desai?”

Caplan: “I am not saying this is not why they are not firing him, but he did sign a three-year deal. He is running his version of Fangio’s defense. Patricia’s background is in the Belichick defense. You can’t change the scheme [this season].”

Nick Sirianni

Mosher: “I don’t know what this means for Nick Sirianni’s reputation in the coaching fraternity, I’m a little surprised that he does not defend a guy that he hired a little better. If what we are hearing is true and him and Howie are in sync with this, that tells me that he is trying to cover his butt a little bit and believes he has to make this move out of desperation. It’s hard to convince me that this defense is going to be all of a sudden so much better when we all know it is a personnel driven issue.”

Jalen Hurts

Mosher: “It’s hard to imagine that you fly all the way out six and a half hours to Seattle by yourself to not play, but as I understand it, he was not feeling great. What helps this situation is that it is a Monday night game. If it was a Sunday game, I do not think he would have been able to play.”

Caplan: “The flu is going around, we don’t know exactly what he is dealing with. Hurts didn’t practice Saturday, so you worry about that.”

– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for

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