Eagles coordinator options if Desai, Patricia are dismissed, three Philly will ignore but shouldn't

We thought we might offer some unsolicited advice on where the Eagles should begin their search for a new defensive coordinator. We even included a couple of wildcards.

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The coach with prior experience: Mike Pettine, assistant HC, Minnesota Vikings

The Eagles seemingly despise the idea of hiring retread coaches. They just don't do it, always electing to find the untapped talent. Sometimes, that works (Doug Pederson and Shane Steichen). Sometimes, you end up with Chip Kelly and Sean Desai.

Mike Pettine doesn't possess the qualities to be a great head coach. He is, however, a great DC. His experience includes stops with the Baltimore Ravens as their outside linebacker coach (2005-2008). He has also been a defensive coordinator three times: New York Jets (2009-2012), Buffalo Bills (2013), and Green Bay Packers (2018-2020). He was the Cleveland Browns head coach from 2014 to 2015.

The familiar face: Dennard Wilson

Let's settle this now. Dennard Wilson should have never gotten out of the building in the first place. He was Philly's defensive backs coach in 2021 before adding the title of passing game coordinator a year later. He already has the respect of so many guys on the roster and would cure any respect/communication issues.

He's currently the Baltimore Ravens defensive backs coach and has a phenomenal job in that role. As Philly's DBs coach in 2022, C.J. Gardner-Johnson shared the league lead in interceptions. Darius Slay was named to a Pro Bowl. James Bradberry was a second-team All-Pro.

Wilson also helped two undrafted rookies make the roster (Reed Blankenship and Josh Jobe). Seriously, what is there to be confused about?