By Sam Bush
So, as far as we can tell the Eagles still need a head coach to replace the fired Chip Kelly.
And as far as we can discern, former Birds defensive coordinator Sean McDermott would give his left ball to get the job.
On Tuesday, former Eagles defensive star Brian Dawkins, who played for McDermott — who is now the D-boss with the Carolina Panthers, who are still alive in the playoffs — when he was the team’s defensive backs coach, couldn’t understand why the team wouldn’t be interested in interviewing him.
“I’m a little surprised that they haven’t at least had a conversation with [McDermott] to see what his plans would be going forward,” Dawkins told Mike Missanelli on 97.5 the Fanatic.
NFL Network’s Albert Breer suggested that McDermott needed to mend some fences with the Eagles’ front office before being considered for the head coaching job.
Mend some fences?
With Howie Boy Roseman?
Dawkins, who went to three Pro Bowls under the coaching of McDermott and defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, said McDermott was initially strict but learned with experience to deal with players better.
“He was a a young guy, and sometimes when you’re younger and have people in your locker room a little older that you, you might do a little more than you need to as far as demanding and being overly critical on some guys to set the tone of ‘you will respect me,’” Dawkins said.
Dawkins also suggested McDermott never really got a fair shot a taking control of the defense before being fired in 2011.
“Sean coming in right after [Johnson’s death] and had so much thrust at him right away,” Dawkins said, noting Andy Reid never gave McDermott complete control of the defense. “In my opinion he wasn’t given the keys to be the coordinator.
“Can he be a coach that can stand in front of a Philadelphia Eagles team and grab that respect?” Dawkins asked rhetorically. “I’m talking about the lack of accountability that has been lacking in that locker room. That’s a question mark.”