Obvious positives, reasonable concerns stemming from the Eagles' Vic Fangio hire

Time will tell if Vic Fangio was the right hire for the Eagles defensive coordinator role, but in the meantime, we can discuss the pros and cons.

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Whether we want to admit this or not, there are a few negatives that stem from hiring Fangio

Fangio's short tenure as Miami's defensive coordinator was a concern for some as he and the Dolphins parted ways after only one season. The Fins will enter next season with a new DC for a third straight year under their head coach, Mike McDaniel.

Could Fangio be the wrong fit? Anything is possible. There are rumors that he rubs players the wrong way and alienates other coaches. Perhaps you have heard. These new-school players tend to rebel at the idea of being held accountable.

Can the seasoned and gruff veteran coach connect well enough with the Eagles' young defensive players? How will they respond to his criticism and accountability style if his unit isn't playing well? Was it his style that didn't fit with Miami? He was, however, again a consultant with Philadelphia in 2022, so it stands to reason he has already connected with many of the guys on the roster.

Here's another concern. The Dolphins' defense was only marginally better than the one we saw in Philadelphia. They ranked 15th in passing yards allowed this past season (4,132). They also surrendered 27 passing touchdowns. That tied them for 25th in that category in 2023.

They tied for 14th in interceptions (15) and finished third in sacks (56). They finished seventh in rushing yards allowed (1,650) but also gave up 15 touchdowns. That tied them as a middle-of-the-pack team with seven other teams in that category.

So, here's the verdict. Fangio appears to have some obvious strengths that we love to see in a defensive coordinator's makeup. He also brings some baggage, even if it is minimal.

His teams are great against the run. That's a good thing, but there are also Overall, though, there are some concerns about whether or not he can gain the trust of his players.

Was he simply a tough fit with Miami? We will have to wait until next season to see if that is the case. If it isn't, you'll hear the complaints. After all, this is Philly. Let's hope the Birds benefit from the Dolphins' decision to cut ties.

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