Philadelphia Eagles Roster
- NFC East
- Lincoln Financial Field
- Head Coach
- Nick Sirianni
- Offensive Coordinator
- Press Taylor & Jeff Stoutland
- Defensive Coordinator
- Jonathan Gannon
- Special Teams Coach
- Dave Fipp
- Defensive Scheme
The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms with Indianapolis Colts defensive backs coach Jonathan Gannon to be their next defensive coordinator, according to sources. Gannon worked with new Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni in Indianapolis. Gannon was with the Colts as their defensive backs coach since 2018, so he worked with Sirianni for the last three seasons. Under Gannon's help in 2020, Indianapolis' defense had the No. 8 defense in the NFL, and he played a huge role in developing young defensive backs such as Xavier Rhodes, Rock Ya-Sin, Kenny Moore, Khari Willis and Julian Blackmon. Gannon was an assistant defensive backs coach for the Vikings for four seasons prior to joining the Colts. His first job in the NFL was in 2007 as a defensive assistant with the Falcons.
The Philadelphia Eagles are hiring Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni as their next head coach on Thursday, according to sources. Sirianni spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Kansas City Chiefs, five seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers and the past three years with the Colts. The Colts went 4-12 and ranked 30th in the league in points and 31st in yards in 2017, the year before Sirianni joined Indy. In the last three years, the Colts ranked fifth, 16th and ninth in scoring under the 39-year-old and made the playoffs twice. Sirianni becomes the Eagles second-youngest head coach and the fourth straight offensive-minded head coach under owner Jeffrey Lurie. He's also the team's seventh straight head coach with no previous head-coaching experience, and one of his primary jobs will be to see if the team can salvage their relationship with quarterback Carson Wentz and turn him around after the worst season of his career.
The Philadelphia Eagles have added two new candidates to their list for potential head coach, as Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was brought in for an interview Sunday, while a request has been made to speak with Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. McDaniels has been through the rigor of interviewing for multiple franchises' head coach gigs since returning as New England's OC back in 2012. With Bieniemy also on the Eagles' list, it would appear that a move of officially having a new HC is at least a few days off. One of the biggest factors is likely how prospective coaches would handle the Carson Wentz/Jalen Hurts situation at QB, as the Philadelphia brass appears to be leaning toward keeping Wentz in the mix come '21.
There remains uncertainty about the future of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, and whoever the team hires to be the next head coach will have some input on that front, but the Eagles are telling head-coaching candidates that they want to bring Wentz back in 2021. General manager Howie Roseman and owner Jeffrey Lurie gave up a lot to draft Wentz at No. 2 overall in 2016, and they've given him a ton of influence in the draft, free agency and coaching decisions. But injuries have limited him to six playoff snaps in five years. After drafting rookie Jalen Hurts in the second round in 2020, Wentz had the worst season of his career and one of the worst declines for an under-30 starting QB in the last 70 years. The 28-year-old has struggled with accountability, rebuffed advice and clashed with former head coach Doug Pederson. "Every great quarterback wants to be coached and they want to be coached hard and by the best, and it doesn't seem like [Wentz] wants that," one source said. "It's kind of like whoever's coaching him is working for him. But it can't be that way." Injuries to the team's offensive line and receiving corps also didn't work in Wentz's favor in 2020. The front office remains committed to Wentz, at least because of his big contract, but there's no guarantee that he'll win the starting job if he sticks around heading into the 2021 season. Hurts wasn't perfect in his debut late in the year, but he certainly gave Philly's offense a spark that was missing when Wentz was on the field.
With the Philadelphia Eagles decision to fire head coach Doug Pederson on Monday, quarterback Carson Wentz's chances of staying with the team significantly increased, according to a source. Wentz planned to ask for a trade in the offseason because his relationship with Pederson was fractured beyond repair. Wentz was benched for rookie Jalen Hurts for the final quarter of the season. Sources described an Eagles offense that lacked an identity, in part because of a sizable and mismatched group of assistants. Wentz had the worst season of his career with a career-low 57.4 completion percentage, 16 touchdowns and a league-leading 15 interceptions in 12 starts. He was also sacked a league-high 50 times and lost six fumbles. He won't be guaranteed to be the starter in 2021, but Pederson's firing at least means the Eagles could salvage things with the former second overall pick in 2016.