After the Eagles reportedly hired Nick Sirianni as their new head coach, the team is looking to fill the rest of the coaching staff.
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According to NFL network insider Ian Rapoport, the Eagles will be interviewing Washington Football Team’s defender coach Chris Harris about her position as defensive coordinator.
Harris, who has been training in the NFL as a defensive quality control coach since 2013, helped the soccer team win the NFC East that season.
Here are three thoughts on the news that Harris is being invited for an interview:
Harris can help a junior high school
Harris helped Washington allow the second smallest number of overtaking maneuvers in the past season (191.8). Harris spent eight seasons as a defensive player in the league. His knowledge of the game, coupled with his coaching skills, can help an Eagles secondary who struggled at times last season.
The Eagles currently have a lot of young songs. Safety K’Von Wallace and cornerback Avonte Maddox are some of the younger players in secondary school. If the Eagles decide to create a cornerback in the first round of this year’s draft, Harris can help develop that cornerback.
Harris would most likely keep a 4-3 defense
With the team in place right now, the Eagles should remain a 4-3 defense. The Eagles already have the pass rushers they need to stay in a 4-3. If the Eagles were to switch to a 3-4 defense, it would require more draft picks and free hand spending, resources that are currently not available to the Eagles.
It would also help the Eagles from what Harris learned from Ron Rivera, the head coach of the Washington Football Team. Rivera is one of the better defenders currently training in the game. Washington’s line of defense is one of the team’s strengths, just like the Eagles. If Harris takes any concepts with him from Washington, it could work in the long run.
Harris as the defensive coordinator means the Eagles should turn to an experienced offensive coordinator
Harris previously worked with the Eagles’ new head coach, Nick Sirianni, when the two were with the San Diego / Los Angeles Chargers. Harris was an assistant to the defensive coach when Sirianni was the team’s wide receiver coach. Sirianni could bring Harris in because he would be comfortable being on his staff.
Harris has never held a coordinator position. However, if he is chosen as the defensive coordinator, the Eagles should find an experienced offensive coordinator, preferably a former head coach, to help Sirianni. Since this is Sirianni’s first job as a head coach, a seasoned candidate like a head coach could take him through the early part of his career as a head coach.
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