The Philadelphia Eagles’ coaching staff could look at lot different following Sunday’s Super Bowl clash against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The most likely departure from Nick Sirianni’s staff is offensive coordinator Shane Steichen, who’s viewed as a strong candidate for the Colts job. Steichen is one of three finalists, including Rams DC Raheem Mooris, Packers special teams coach Rich Bisasscia, and interim coach Jeff Saturday, per reports.
As of Sunday morning, you can add Jonathan Gannon to the list after he oversaw one of the league’s most vaunted defenses in 2022.
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Cardinals will request permission to interview Gannon for their head coaching job. NFL Network has reported Gannon will stay in Arizona following the Super Bowl no matter the result.
Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon to interview for the Cardinals head coaching job. after the Super Bowl.
The silver lining for the Eagles is how late Gannon has joined the mix. Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka and defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo are considered the favorites after they secured a second round of virtual interviews this week.
Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill revealed a decision will be made early next week, “perhaps as soon as Monday,” as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport put it. That would make Gannon a long shot to get the job, but who’s to say the decision doesn’t get delayed if Gannon impresses in his first interview?
Gannon has run the Eagles defense for the last two seasons, and has done incredible work by all accounts. In 2022, Philly allowed the fewest passing yards and fewest yards per pass attempt while leading the NFL with 70 sacks (15 more than the second-place Chiefs). They weren’t nearly as dominant against the run, but still finished second in yards allowed per game, and eighth in points per game.
While a great opportunity for Gannon, Eagles fans everywhere are hoping as much of Sirianni’s staff remains intact post Super Bowl.