They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
The Arizona Cardinals are hoping that hypothesis proves to be correct with the hire of former Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles to run their defense.
Bowles, who came to the Eagles last season to coach the secondary, was thrust into the defensive coordinator position after six games when his former boss Juan Castillo was fired. Despite starting the season on solid footing the Eagles defense tanked under Bowles. The team was 1-9 with him calling the defense and allowed a historically bad 31 points per game.
Bowles is a respected coach who was put into a near impossible situation by the team a year ago. One bad season (or part of a season) is no reason to give up on a guy. And so Arians has turned to his Temple roots to make the first major hire of his coaching staff.
Meanwhile, the Eagles have apparently dialed in on University of Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.
Grantham, who will watch a number of his defensive standouts go in April’s NFL Draft, may be looking to follow his talented to group to the next level.
Grantham coached under Saban at Michigan State from 1996-1998. It’s there where he first began to learn the craft of the 3-4 defense–the front that he will almost certainly bring to Philadelphia if he’s hired.
He has previously served as defensive coordinator with the Browns (2005-2007) and as a defensive line coach in Houston, Indianapolis, and Dallas.