After a disastrous end to the 2023 season, the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t waste any time finding a replacement for defensive coordinator Sean Desai.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday that former Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is traveling to Philadelphia to officially sign his contract as the Eagles' new defensive coordinator.
Schefter reported Wednesday that Fangio and the Dolphins mutually parted ways and a deal was expected with the Eagles. The 65-year-old Fangio worked with Philadelphia last season as a consultant in preparation for the Super Bowl.
After working with the Eagles, Fangio became the Dolphins' defensive coordinator this season and did a solid job despite being hit with a rash of injuries on the defensive line and secondary.
Miami was ranked third in sacks (56), seventh in rushing yards per game allowed (97.6), 11th in takeaways (27), 15th in passing yards per game allowed (221.2), and 22nd in scoring defense (23 points per game allowed).
Even though the Dolphins’ scoring defense left a lot to be desired, they still found a way to get to the quarterback and create turnovers, which the Eagles struggled mightily with this season.
Fangio has a tall task ahead of him as he takes over an Eagles’ defense that fell flat on its face with Sean Desai and Matt Patricia. Philly’s defense couldn’t get after the quarterback (43 sacks) despite having a loaded defensive line that featured Jalen Carter, Josh Sweat, Haason Reddick, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, and Jordan Davis.
Seeing what Fangio did this season with Bradley Chubb (11 sacks) and Zach Sieler (10 sacks), should excite Reddick and Carter, who have the skills to be stars in his defense.
Meanwhile, the Eagles’ pass defense got torched throughout this season as the linebacker play was suspect, and the secondary dealt with its bouts of injuries. However, if Howie Roseman can make the necessary additions/upgrades to the back seven, we could see a rejuvenated Eagles defense under Fangio.
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