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Eagles To Place Franchise Tag On Michael Vick, Transition Tag On David Akers

It’s been rumored for the past month and today it will become official. Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network is reporting that the Eagles reportedly will place the franchise tag on Michael Vick today, all but guaranteeing the Pro Bowl QB will be back in Eagles green next season. In 12 appearances last season Vick set career highs in passing TDs, rushing TDs, passing yards, completion percentage and QB rating. He started for the NFC in the Pro Bowl, was runner-up to Tom Brady in the MVP voting, and won the NFL’s comeback player of the year award.

Last year, the exclusive franchise tag for a QB costs teams about $16.4 million for a year. The team could still opt to work out a long term deal with Vick, but like everything contract related this offseason that will have to wait until the new CBA is done.

In addition, the Eagles will also reportedly place the transition tag on David Akers which would give them right of first refusal on any offer sheet the kicker might sign this offseason. Unlike the franchise tag however, the Eagles would receive no compensation should they decide to decline to match an offer for Akers. The tag guarantees Akers the average of the top 10 salaries for players at his position next year, which is probably no less than they’d be paying him anyway…


Philadelphia Eagles Promote Juan Castillo To Defensive Coordinator

The Philadelphia Eagles announced today that they've promoted longtime offensive line coach Juan Castillo to defensive coordinator. To replace Castillo on the offensive line, they've coaxed the legendary Howard Mudd out of retirement. In his time with the Colts, Mudd was generally regarded as one of the leagues' best offensive line coaches. That said, the Mudd hire isn't what's going to be making headlines. The Eagles promotion of a guy that has coached offense for the past 21 years to run their defense is a bit of a head scratched.

Castillo has been coaching the Eagles offensive line for the past 14 years. He did play LB in college and in the USFL and has a few years coaching on the defensive at the college and high school level. Yes... high school. As Les Bowen pointed out, what makes this move really odd is that it wasn't made out of desperation. They brought in qualified candidates for interviews this week, there's a number of assistants in the Superbowl that have expressed interest in the job who would be more than qualified. This is a move they wanted to make. At 6:30 Andy Reid and Juan Castillo will hold a press conference and presumably Andy will explain why this is something he chose to do.

While everyone was scratching their heads, a few of Castillo's former co-workers and current head coaches Leslie Frasier & Ron Rivera spoke out in support of his promotion.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier: "I can remember Jim Johnson & our defensive staff putting our game plans together. We’d always get together with Juan just to make sure they were sound in terms of pressures and blitzes. Sometimes, I felt like he was on our defensive staff.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera: "I’m really excited about this news and very proud of Juan being named defensive coordinator of the Eagles. First of all, Juan is one of the smartest and most dynamic coaches in the NFL," Rivera said. "If anyone could cross over to the dark side (of defense), he’s the guy. Seriously, if anyone can do it, Juan Castillo is able to do it. I don’t know if I have seen anyone any more committed as a coach in this league than him. I was able to call on him so many times to understand how certain offenses worked and attacked.


Eagles Interview Bears DB Coach Jon Hoke For Defensive Coordinator Job

The Eagles announced today that they’ve interviewed Chicago Bears secondary coach Jon Hoke for their vacant defensive coordinator position. Hoke has been a coach at the college level since the early 80s and moved to the NFL in 2002 to become secondary coach for the Houston Texans. He held that position until 2008 when he moved to Chicago to take the job with the Bears. Under Hoke, the Bears allowed the second lowest amount of TD passes in the league this season, in contrast the Eagles set a franchise record for passing TDs allowed in 2010.

Hoke also had a short career as a player with Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears. While he has never been a defensive coordinator at the pro level, but has seven seasons of experience leading a defense at the college level. He’s also the brother of new Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke.

Hoke does fit the mold of a decent coordinator candidate. He brings many years of experience and comes from a very good defensive team in Chicago. He also has spent his whole career in a 4-3 scheme, which is what the Eagles employ. He might not be a sexy candidate, but he would likely be considered a safe one.


Eagles Denied Permission To Interview Two Coaches For Defensive Coordinator Job

The Eagles requested permission to interview Miami Dolphins secondary coach Todd Bowles and Bengals defensive backs coach Kevin Coyle, but were denied permission according to a report from NFL Network. They were however, allowed to interview Chicago Bears secondary coach Jon Hoke.

The news that the Eagles sought to interview at least three candidates this week does throw into doubt the earlier speculation that the team had their eye on one of the Super Bowl assistants and were simply waiting for the conclusion of the game to make their move. It may still be the case that they’ll look to interview a Packers or Steelers coach as has been rumored, but they certainly don’t seem to be zeroed in on one.

The Eagles were allowed to speak with Bears secondary coach Jon Hoke and the team announced that interview took place today. As secondary coach in Chicago, Hoke’s unit allowed the second lowest amount of TD passes in the league this past year. The Eagles, on the other hand, set a franchise record for passing TDs allowed.

There may be a bit of a pattern emerging with the type of guys that the Eagles are targeting as nearly all have been secondary coaches. The two official interviews they’ve conducted have been with secondary coaches as were the two they were denied permission to speak with. There have also been reports that the Eagles are interested in Packers secondary coach Darren Perry.

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