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.
Jim Mora and Dick Jauron, rumored to be credible candidates for the opening, were never seriously considered by the Eagles.
Because it has been more than a week 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 resumé 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 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.
The Eagles, in fact, may be on the prowl for a success story like Spagnuolo, who seamlessly went from Eagles linebackers coach to Giants defensive coordinator. Spagnuolo is now with the Rams as their head coach.
This was the front office, after all, that plucked Reid out of Green Bay as a quarterbacks coach when many predicted they would hire either a former head coach or a coordinator.
Mora and Jauron were familiar names with extensive resumés that included head coaching experience. But neither, for the most part, was ever in charge of top-ranked defenses as head coaches or coordinators.
In 14 seasons as head coach or coordinator, Jauron had only two defenses ranked in the top 10 in either points or yards allowed. Mora, in nine seasons, had one defense finish ninth in yards.
Jauron, who coached the Eagles' defensive backs this past season, was hired as the Browns' defensive coordinator on Friday. Mora withdrew his name from consideration, although the interest appeared to be more one-sided than mutual.
So if Jauron and Mora were never serious candidates, it is fair to assume that their relatively pedestrian defenses affected their candidacies. And likewise, it would be fair to assume the Eagles are looking for a coordinator who has coached a top-ranked defense (not an easy find) or an up-and-coming assistant who has coached in a system that routinely churns out solid defenses (a risk).
The Eagles are also committed to staying with a 4-3 defensive scheme, team sources said. That would also seem to narrow the possibilities, but it certainly does not exclude coaches who are working with 3-4 defenses.
Mike Trgovac, for instance, works in Green Bay's 3-4 scheme as its defensive line coach, but as a coordinator with Carolina he ran a 4-3. Even if the Eagles wanted him, he may not be the solution. The 51-year-old told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Friday that he may not be interested in becoming a coordinator at this time.
Packers inside linebackers coach Winston Moss, who has been with Green Bay since 2006 and also does not have coordinator experience, worked with the 4-3 in New Orleans and Seattle. The well-respected 45-year-old is also an assistant head coach to Green Bay boss Mike McCarthy and a former NFL linebacker.
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