Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon could only last one season in Philadelphia.
The Denver Broncos have asked the Eagles for permission to interview Gannon for their vacant head coach position, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The Broncos fired head coach Vic Fangio after three seasons on Sunday.
Gannon is part of a large network of candidates presented by the Broncos on Monday. The team reportedly interviewed Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and New England Patriots assistant coach. Jerod Mayo.
Gannon, 39, joined the staff of first-year head coach Nick Sirianni in January. Gannon and Sirianni worked together for three years in Indianapolis, while Sirianni served as the offensive coordinator, while Gannon coached the cornerbacks.
Prior to joining the Colts, Gannon spent time with the Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans, and Atlanta Falcons. Prior to coaching, Gannon was a scout for three years with the St. Louis Rams.
Here are three thoughts on Gannon’s interview with the Broncos:
Interest in Gannon shouldn’t come as a surprise
Despite his inexperience as a coordinator, Gannon is viewed in NFL circles as a promising youngster in the coaching ranks. He was in high demand after this offseason but chose to join Sirianni due to their working relationship.
Gannon has a “Sean McVay defensive” vibe and while his defense has been largely inconsistent this year, he clearly has a strong presence and is admired by those who matter in the league.
Is this the right job?
It’s easy to see why the Broncos would be interested in Gannon. He’s young, bright, expresses himself well, and fits the defensive coaching mold that the Broncos seemingly like. In fact, he looks a lot like Vance Joseph, who replaced Fangio in his work. Since John Elway became an executive for the team, the Broncos have hired four head coaches, and three of them have been defensive (John Fox, Joseph and Fangio), so maybe Gannon has a length of. advance in research.
That said, there might be gigs that are more appealing to Gannon. The Vikings have adopted a similar defensive style for years, and Gannon is a disciple of former head coach Mike Zimmer. This would facilitate the transition. The Miami Dolphins could also be attractive because of their versatile staff and stellar high school.
If Gannon bolts, the Eagles will have some pretty solid replacement options
The threat of Gannon’s departure isn’t all that frightening. Though his unit have beaten unimpressive quarterbacks, it’s hard to forget the streak of games with an 80% completion percentage his squad dropped in the first half of the season. If Gannon were to leave, the Eagles would have great options to replace him as well.
The Broncos sacking Fangio and the Vikings sacking Zimmer put two tried and tested defensive minds on the unemployment line. Sirianni could sue either of the former head coach as the defensive coordinator if Gannon runs away. Former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores could also be an attractive option. When it comes to internal options, defensive back coach Dennard Wilson could be a legitimate candidate.
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