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Eagles could be waiting for Darren Perry

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The Philadelphia Eagles don’t have a defensive coordinator.  And they haven’t had a defensive coordinator for several weeks.

And they may not have a defensive coordinator until the day after the Super Bowl, at the earliest.

Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com believes that the Eagles are waiting for a guy who’s still coaching — and that the guy for whom they’re waiting is Packers safeties coach Darren Perry.

In fact, Frank thinks the deal may already be done.

If Perry’s still under contract, the Packers could block the move.  But if the Packers are willing to let Perry leave — and if they’ve also permitted Perry to work out a deal with the Eagles while Green Bay’s season still was unfolding — then Perry could get the job quickly.

The Packers don’t have a defensive backs coach per se; Perry handles the safeties and Joe Whitt, Jr. coaches the cornerbacks.  It’s possible that Whitt will simply assume responsibility for both positions, if Perry goes.

Perry spent nine seasons in the NFL, seven of them with Green Bay’s opponent in the Super Bowl.  Perry started every game from 1992 through 1997, and 14 of 16 in 1998.  He was a member of Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl XXX team.

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25 Responses to “Eagles could be waiting for Darren Perry”
  1. realitypolice says: Jan 28, 2011 11:36 AM

    If Perry’s still under contract, the Packers could block the move.
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    Nope.

    Unless he has a special clause in his contract that designates him “defensive coordinator in waiting” in Green Bay, the Packers can’t block him from taking a position that would be a promotion.

    At least that’s my understanding of how it works.

  2. jc1958coo says: Jan 28, 2011 11:51 AM

    leave him alone! he doesn’t want to go to that rat town philly!

  3. smellsmalicious says: Jan 28, 2011 12:10 PM

    who dis?

  4. whynotusecommonsense says: Jan 28, 2011 12:13 PM

    realitypolice says:
    Jan 28, 2011 11:36 AM
    Nope.

    Unless he has a special clause in his contract that designates him “defensive coordinator in waiting” in Green Bay, the Packers can’t block him from taking a position that would be a promotion.

    At least that’s my understanding of how it works.
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    Your understanding is incorrect. A head coaching job is the only time a team can’t deny permission for a coach under contract. Even though it’s a promotion, it’s not an offer of head coach.

  5. laeaglefan says: Jan 28, 2011 12:15 PM

    Say what you want about Philly, but at least its not a hick town like Green Bay.

  6. myeaglescantwin says: Jan 28, 2011 12:32 PM

    Yeah,, who would want to go to a rat team that wins their division almost every year, that has made the playoffs 8 of the last 11 years, that has the most potent and dynamic offense in the league,
    A team that won the NFC east and earned a playoff spot in a ‘rebuilding year’

    With a defense that is wide open for the taking and has no where to go but up?? (cause they cant get worse)

    good statement. you’re a smart fella

  7. ohenry78 says: Jan 28, 2011 12:45 PM

    I’d be sad to see him go, he’s done a great job getting guys like Charlie Peprah to do well. Joe Whitt Jr is great as well, though, and I’d be OK with him taking over the safety duties in GB.

  8. bigfog says: Jan 28, 2011 12:56 PM

    Perry’s a great coach and would make a great defensive coordinator. Hate to see him go, but can’t blame him for taking on a defensive coordinator gig.

  9. stevo8drum says: Jan 28, 2011 1:04 PM

    ill take anyone that is tougher than McD…. we cant get worse.

  10. JimmySmith says: Jan 28, 2011 1:04 PM

    myeaglescantwin says:

    Yeah,, who would want to go to a rat team that wins their division almost every year, that has made the playoffs 8 of the last 11 years, that has the most potent and dynamic offense in the league

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    All true, but you forgot to mention being one and done in the last two playoff games and losing 4 out of the 5 NFC Championship games. That’s what potent and dynamic gets you these days.

  11. ncsteeler says: Jan 28, 2011 1:23 PM

    Perry played for Penn State and the Steelers and coached for the Steelers. A move to Philly may make a great deal of sense from a personal point of view. Maybe in 2020 when Tomlin and Paterno call it quits he’ll be up for one those gigs.

  12. bleedgreen80 says: Jan 28, 2011 1:30 PM

    bring on DP!!!

  13. arnoldziffel says: Jan 28, 2011 1:42 PM

    That’s the problem with success … you start losing your coaches to other, less fortunate organizations.

    Of course … we did it too.

    Go Pack Go!!

  14. jc1958coo says: Jan 28, 2011 1:58 PM

    green bay is hick town. oh it’s also titletown usa!
    sorry philly no super bowl wins for you!! lol

  15. dolphins4 says: Jan 28, 2011 2:16 PM

    I hope Ruben is wrong,the Eagles need to hire Trgovac someone who has experience running a 3-4 defense.

  16. rpiotr01 says: Jan 28, 2011 2:17 PM

    Perry is a former Steeler, he’s a 3-4 guy through and through.

    There was talk a couple weeks ago of the Eagles moving to a 3-4; this is just another sign.

    For the record, I think McCarthy would let him go. Sure the Eagles are conference rivals, but Whitt and Perry basically split coaching the secondary, and Whitt is a very capable and respected coach.

  17. rpiotr01 says: Jan 28, 2011 2:30 PM

    Also wanted to add to Philly fans – a new coordinator isn’t going to fix what ails them any time soon. Your defense simply needs better players. Most of the DL and LBs are small and some of them are soft. The Packer OL and James Starks ran roughshod over them, and they can’t run over ANYONE. Secondary is weak too. They need a nice draft class, and it may be worth it for them to go after someone like Champ Bailey if the opportunity presents itself.

  18. dabears2485 says: Jan 28, 2011 2:33 PM

    @realitypolice and whynotusecommonsense

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    “whynot” is correct. The Bears wanted to interview the Packers’ QB coach for their offensive coordinator position at the end of last season, but the Packers denied their request because he was still under contract.

  19. pfunk1 says: Jan 28, 2011 2:53 PM

    dolphins4 says:
    Jan 28, 2011 2:16 PM
    I hope Ruben is wrong,the Eagles need to hire Trgovac someone who has experience running a 3-4 defense

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    I was assuming that Philly was waiting on Trgovac until this article. Perry has done a great job, but with Whitt and everyone in our secondary returning, we would still be able to keep continuity. I think the D-line will undergo some changes next year and it will be important to have Trgovac to work through that. God I hope we can re-sign Jenkins….

  20. stavreafavre says: Jan 28, 2011 3:52 PM

    I just hope the Packers don’t lose Whitt. The job he has done with Sam Shields is nothing short of amazing.

  21. packerbacker12 says: Jan 28, 2011 4:23 PM

    Darren Perry has been a pretty damn good coach for the Packers this year. He got Nick Collins into another Pro Bowl and transformed Charlie Peprah from a undrafted journeyman to a permanent starter alongside Collins. Morgan Burnett wasn’t too bad either before he got hurt earlier in the year.

  22. packerbacker12 says: Jan 28, 2011 4:26 PM

    “God I hope we can re-sign Jenkins….”

    I really hope so too. Jenkins is a huge part of the defensive line and is one if not the most underrated player in the league. I mean sure Mike Neal was pretty good when he played but he had a pretty hard time staying healthy though.

  23. bleedgreen4life says: Jan 28, 2011 4:36 PM

    dolphins4 says:
    Jan 28, 2011 2:16 PM
    I hope Ruben is wrong,the Eagles need to hire Trgovac someone who has experience running a 3-4 defense

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    Eagles run a 4-3 scheme and chances are they won’t switch over to a 3-4 considering how small our d-line is.

  24. oldbyrd says: Jan 28, 2011 5:00 PM

    I can’t believe this… How could you pass on Trgovac? How does Perry come in here never being a def. coord.? Guys like him are a dime a dozen

  25. dolphins4 says: Jan 28, 2011 11:32 PM

    If Andy meant what he said when he fired McDermott,he said he was going to hire an experienced coach to coach this young defense because McDermott wasn’t experienced enough.If he meant it he”ll hire either Trgovac who knows all about the 4-3 defense and was a really good defensive coordinator at Carolina or someone like him.If he hires Perry that would be like hiring McDermott all over again who was an inexperienced coach to run the whole defense.

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