Are the Eagles looking at a version of the Tampa Two?
Maybe it’s nothing more than some coaches playing connect-the-dots when it comes to the Philadelphia Eagles and their search for a defensive coordinator because frankly we’d be surprised if Monte Kiffin chose to no longer coach with his son Lane at USC.
But a rumor making the rounds is that Kiffin’s name has been discussed in Philadelphia where the Eagles are closing in on the four-week mark in their search to replace fired coordinator Sean McDermott.
There is no disputing that Kiffin is the coordinator with the best resume currently not working in the NFL. Popular thinking is the Eagles have been waiting to meet with assistants on the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers after Super Bowl XLV, but they interviewed Chicago Bears defensive backs coach Jon Hoke Monday and Minnesota Vikings defensive backs coach Joe Woods on Tuesday.
What do Hoke and Woods have in common? Both work for teams that run offshoots of the Tampa Two defense that Kiffin ran so well for the Buccaneers for 13 seasons. If Andy Reid is considering moving to a base defense with a foundation in the Cover-2, why not at least think about the man with the most experience running the scheme? Yes, it seems like a longshot that Kiffin, who turns 71 later this month, would want to leave L.A. for Philadelphia.
Perhaps it’s more likely Reid and the Eagles are looking for someone who can implement much of what Kiffin has taught in the past. Philadelphia’s roster could more easily transition to a Tampa Two scheme than it could to a 3-4, that much is certain. Woods previously coached under Kiffin in Tampa Bay.
The only other known candidate to interview for the job in Philadelphia was New Orleans Saints defensive backs coach Dennis Allen. He was hired to run the defense for the Denver Broncos. So, that’s another theme – Reid clearly wants someone with an expertise in straightening out secondaries.
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