Report: Eagles targeting someone other than Darren Perry

The name “Darren Perry” became publicly linked to the still-vacant defensive coordinator position in Philadelphia, thanks in large part to Reuben Frank of, who as of Thursday night was “convinced” that Perry is the guy for whom the Eagles are waiting.

Now, Frank throws water on the theory he kick-started, reporting that Perry isn’t the Eagles’ top choice to replace Sean McDermott, who was fired earlier this month.

Citing an unnamed, high-ranking NFL official, Frank reports that Perry is not the mystery candidate whom Eagles coach Andy Reid and G.M. Howie Roseman covet.

The top target isn’t known.  Frank has compiled a list of potential candidates from the two teams whose seasons have not yet ended:  Packers inside linebackers coach Winston Moss (pictured), Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler, Packers’ outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene, Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton, and Packers cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr.

Some would add Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau to that mix, even though LeBeau has said he plans to return in 2011, barring an unlikely but not impossible retirement.

29 responses to “Report: Eagles targeting someone other than Darren Perry

  1. better not be joe whitt!!! as a packer fan i’ll be p#ssed, look wha he’s done with sam shields! it’s a business but take winston moss he’s the best!!!!
    wink wink

  2. I would love to see LeBeau take over The Eagles D, but I can’t imagine that it would ever happen. The Birds would be playing next week if they had a real DC.

  3. Keith Butler isnt going anywhere. He’s the DC in waiting and Dick LeBeau contract is over after The Super Bowl. I see LeBeau being a Consultant and Butler being the DC.
    As for The Eagles I see Ray Horton Jr or inston Moss.

  4. Reuben should start calling his column a blog becuase it has that much credibility and rampant speculation.

  5. So all you are basically saying is that Reuben Frank, whose job it is 24/7 to follow the Eagles, could not find his backside with a map and both hands. I imagine that Peter King @SI does not wake up in cold sweats about Mr. Frank as his competition. It appears that Mr. frank aspires to be the next Howard Eskin, the shill for the drivel the team wants you to espouse. They will be making a movie of Reuben Franks and Jeff McLane of the Inquirer titled “Clueless and Cluelesser”. Sure wish I knew who these two had naked pictures of to stay employed.

  6. Butler is the d coordinator in waiting in Pittsburgh, no way he wants to stand in the huge shadow Reid casts.

  7. Ill throw 15 names out there too and if I hit on one, ill look like I know what the Hell I’m talking about too

  8. Moss seems to get mentioned every year but Perry is apparently quite well liked. My only question for the eagles is, why are you chasing unknown quantities in position coaches? If they feel like they have this offense that can score points and you just need better D, why not at least try to find a coach who has had success. In 2009 the packers got capers and the saints got greg williams. We know how it worked out for the both of them. I know guys with their resumes aren’t always available but still.

  9. Wait, can someone explain to me why the Eagles DC search is limited almost exclusively to guys who have all or the vast majority of their experience in the 3-4 defense?

    As far as I know, the only guys on either staff that aren’t 3-4 guys are Trgovac (who’s not leaving Green Bay) and Winston Moss (whose official title is “Assistant Head Coach/Inside Linebackers”, so taking a DC job would actually a demotion).

  10. Mike Trgovac – Defensive Line Coach for the Packers is their target.

    He already said that he’s not going anywhere. His daughter is a high school senior this year in Green Bay.

  11. Iv got it Pete Moris the just laid off Director of Public Relations for the Kanas City Chiefs. Thats the new Def Coord for the Phila. Eagles. They plan to talk the players into playing better. I knew Andy had a method behind his madness!!

  12. The Packers defensive coaches all signed contracts of 3 years in 2009. They can deny permission to speak with their coaches if they feel it’s someone irreplacable or if it’s a rival come a calling. As they did last year, when the Bears wanted to speak to QB coach Tom Clements.

    Not Greene. Not enough coaching exp. and I don’t see him as ever being anything more than the outstanding OLB he is. Amazing work. Has the best OLB in the league as his protege’ and gets to work for his former coordinator.

    Not Trgovac. Reasons have been stated in other comments. He’s quoted as saying he’s staying. Also has the best 3-4 NT in the league and studs in Pickett and Jenkins. Gets some nice toys back with Jolly and Neal next year as well.

    It’s gotta be Whitt if it’s a Packer coach. I think the Packers could absorb the hit. Woodson is a good player/coach as has credited to him by Williams and Shields. I’d hate to see him go however.

  13. Jesus…give up on Lebeau leaving Pittsburgh already!! NOT HAPPENING. I don’t see Butler leaving either. He knows in a year or two the DC position for the best defense in football will be his.

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