The Philadelphia Eagles have made their decision on a new defensive coordinator for the 2024 NFL season. Longtime defensive coordinator and former NFL head coach, Vic Fangio, will now get an opportunity to turn around Philly's defense after an extremely disappointing season. The hiring of Fangio goes against the trend of head coach Nick Sirianni hiring younger and less experienced coordinators.
The Eagles Defense Needed A Revamp
The Eagles went with two defensive play callers this past season in Sean Desai and Matt Patricia, but neither got the unit playing at a high level. In 2023, the Eagles finished 26th in total defense, 31st in pass defense, and 30th in scoring defense.
Fangio replaces Desai who was a disciple of him, both of them working together in Chicago from 2015 to 2018. However, he failed to replicate Fangio's success in Philadelphia, where the defense collapsed in the final stretch of the season, allowing 30.4 points per game in the last seven games.
Fangio should bring in a more exciting and hopefully successful scheme. He is known for his defenses being aggressive and versatile, which relies on a strong front four, versatile linebackers, and physical cornerbacks. He has coached some of the best defenses in the league, including the San Francisco 49ers from 2011 to 2014, the Chicago Bears from 2015 to 2018, and the Denver Broncos from 2019 to 2022. He was also the head coach of the Broncos for three seasons, posting a 19-30 record.
Fangio will inherit a talented but underperforming defense in Philadelphia, which features many former Pro Bowlers such as defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, defensive ends Josh Sweat and Brandon Graham, as well as cornerbacks Darius Slay and James Bradberry. He will also have the opportunity to add more pieces in the upcoming draft.
Fangio will face some challenges in his new role, such as adapting to the NFC East, which features dynamic quarterbacks like Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys as well as possibly ascending New York Giants and Washington Commanders teams. He will also have to work with head coach Nick Sirianni, who is entering his fourth season with the Eagles and has faced some criticism for his play-calling and decision-making.
However, Fangio brings a wealth of experience and credibility to the Eagles, who are looking to bounce back from an underperforming season that ended with a blowout loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the wild-card round. Fangio's hiring could be the spark that the Eagles need to revitalize their defense and compete for a playoff spot in 2024.
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