Earlier we we found that the Eagles received permission to interview Saints secondary coach Dennis Allen for their vacant defensive coordinator position. While considered an up and coming young coach, Allen has no experience as a defensive coordinator and is relatively early on in his coaching career. The general thought was that after firing Sean McDermott, the team would be looking for someone more experienced... Enter Dean Pees.
Adam Schefter is reporting that the Eagles have requested permission to interview former Patriots defensive coordinator and current Ravens LB coach Dean Pees, who has 37 years of coaching experience. As defensive coordinator of the Patriots, his defenses averaged less than 20 points allowed all three years that he held the job. He's also been a head coach at the college level at Kent State.
The interesting thing about Pees is that he's only worked in 3-4 defenses in the NFL. He has 4-3 experience at the college level, so his hiring wouldn't necessarily mean a change of philosophy for the Eagles defense.
The Eagles clearly aren't limiting themselves to any one type of candidate for their defensive coordinator job. The young, up an comer Allen is in stark contrast to the older veteran Pees.
[Note by JasonB, 01/20/11 12:03 PM EST ] The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane has retracted his earlier report that the Eagles have requested permission to interview Pees. So far, Adam Schefter has not retracted his report... So we'll see. McLane does note that a team source denied the interest in Pees.