Eagles reportedly interested in possible reunion with former assistant Ron Rivera

Ron Rivera is a former Philly assistant, one from Andy Reid's Eagles coaching tree. It appears the Birds might be interested in a possible reunion.

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Sometimes rumors make no sense and aren't worth entertaining. Sometimes, we entertain them but with hesitancy. Every once in a while, we skim past some of the latest headlines, but every now in then, some stop us in our tracks. Say what you will about Ron Rivera. He's twice been fired as an NFL head coach, but he'd make a fantastic defensive coordinator, a position the Philadelphia Eagles are trying to fill following their decision to part ways with Sean Desai.

Speaking of headlines, here's another. Guess what? Philly appears to be interested in a possible reunion, one with Ron Rivera. Again, some headlines can't be ignored.

Per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the Eagles are interviewing Ron Rivera.

Much has been made of the failures of the Eagles 2023 coaching staff. Changes are coming. No that isn't correct. The winds of change are already sweeping.

The defensive coordinator's chair is open. As mentioned earlier, Desai is gone. It also appears that Matt Patricia's contract has ended. He will explore other options. Expect the search for replacements to be thorough.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Philly is interviewing Ron Rivera. It's a move that would make sense for both sides if it winds up leading to something.

Rivera just turned 62 earlier in January. He has coached at the professional level in some capacity since 1997. He was Philly's linebacker coach from 1999 until 2003 under then-head coach Andy Reid.

His failures as a head coach shouldn't lead anyone to doubt his defensive acumen. As Fowler states, the last time he was a DC was a three-tear stint with the then-San Diego Chargers from 2008 until 2010. They led the NFL in totl defense during his final season there.

One thing is certain. If hired, he eliminates the conversations about the recent lack of experience we have seen from Philly's coordinators as he' s forgotten more about the game than most of these young prospects have learned.

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