Sometimes, we chase smoke and it doesn't lead us toward any fires. Sometimes, though there's no official announcement made by our Philadelphia Eagles, we gather something noteworthy because we know for a fact that we can trust the source. The Birds continue to turn over their coaching staff, and the latest name we're hearing is an intriguing one.
According to ESPN Insider Dan Graziano, sources told him on Monday that the Denver Broncos defensive backs coach of the past three seasons, Christian Parker, is expected to leave the Mile High City and travel east to join the Eagles.
Don't take our word for it. Take a look for yourself.
Buckle up friends. We're excited about this one, and you should be as well.
Here are three fun facts about new Eagles defensive backs coach Christian Parker.
The news of Parker's addition comes on the heels of the announcement that the Eagles are adding Doug Nussmeier. The new QB coach has ties to the new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. Parker has ties to the new defensive coordinator, Vic Fangio.
How about some fun facts?
Christian Parker, if and when he joins the Eagles, does so with just under a dozen years of coaching experience.
Before joining Philadelphia and spending three seasons with the Broncos (2021-2023), he racked up quite an impressive coaching resume:
- Virginia State, defensive backs coach (2013-2014)
- Norfolk State, defensive backs coach (2015-2016)
- Notre Dame, defensive analyst (2017)
- Texas A&M, defensive analyst (2018)
- Green Bay Packers, defensive quality control coach (2019–2020)
The 2024 NFL season will be Parker's 12th in coaching and his sixth at the professional level.
Christian Parker and Vic Fangio did some great work together during their lone season as part of the same staff.
Parker's first year with the Broncos came in 2021 as a member of Denver's defensive coaching staff under Fangio. Vic was in his final season as the Broncos’ head coach at the time. They finished with the third best scoring defense in the NFL and were also ranked eighth in yards surrendered.
Worth mentioning: As of right now, it doesn't appear he'll bring Patrick Surtain with him.
Two known assistants from the Vic Fangio coaching tree have made their way to Philly (defensive line coach Clint Hurtt and safeties coach Joe Kasper). Some have asked if they'd bring great players who know the system well with them, guys like Patrick Surtain and/or Justin Simmons.
So far, there has been no mention of that happening, but we can dream, can't we? Parker tutored a younger Surtain during his rookie season. Simmons made one of his two Pro Bowls with Parker as his position coach and has recently offered some glowing praise for Fangio. Stay tuned. Maybe we can offer some smoke that leads us to a flame.