Hoke surfaces as Eagles defensive coordinator candidate

FOX Sports’ Adam Caplan reports that the Eagles have interviewed Bears secondary coach Jon Hoke for their defensive coordinator vacancy. Hoke joins Packers safeties coach Darren Perry as known candidates for the Philly job.

Hoke may have a built-in edge over Perry because Chicago’s season is over. Perry’s Packers are still playing, and he can’t interview until after Super Bowl XLV.

Hoke’s interview took place on Monday. He is the second candidate to formally interview for the job previously held by Sean McDermott. Ex-Saints secondary coach Dennis Allen is the other, but he took the defensive coordinator position in Denver.

Hoke turned 56 last week. 2010 was his second season as the Bears’ defensive backs coach. He coached the Texans’ secondary from 2002 through 2008.

9 responses to “Hoke surfaces as Eagles defensive coordinator candidate

  1. The Eagles will only hire a former secondary/linebacker coach so anyone that was formerly a line coach is out the door. There’s no need with Washburn on board.

  2. Hoke is a fine coach and I would hate to see the Bears lose him. The Eagles lived to regret it the last time they hired a Bears defensive coach. However, I’m sure Hoke would be a better fit than Buddy Ryan was. Hoke has class to go along with his football smarts. Ryan had no class.

  3. I think Winston Moss is the guy. He has 4-3 and 3-4 experience. I’m sure the Eagles still want to run the 4-3 base D. They won’t want to adjust to a new 3-4 scheme, which will take another year until they even have the right personnel, but they could present some 3-4 looks. The Eagles ‘ season and offseason to this point has been a win now kind of approach. I think Reid senses that his window is closing and he wants to move quickly. By benching Kolb, Reid showed that he doesn’t necessarily want to deal with the growing pains that come with a young QB. My guess is that they sign a well respected position coach like Moss, and add at least one impact free agent, probably in the secondary or on the defensive line. They can’t allow their defense to fail again, because the Eagles could very well be looking for Reid’s replacement at this time next year. This could be a make or break year for Reid, so they will not hire a marginal assistant coach. I think this guy Hoke is just a smokescreen.

  4. I can’t believe that The Eagles will go with a risk secondary coach as their def. coord. Most people agree that Jeff is looking hard at Reid.. Why not pay Mr T @ Green Bay enought so that he can”t refuse. He has a great track record with a winning organization. What am I missing Trgovac and Washburn thats not Ideal? The rest of these guys are a dime a dozen.

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