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.