Report: Jim Herrmann a candidate for Eagles' DC vacancy


Giants linebackers coach Jim Herrmann is the latest to emerge as a candidate for the Eagles defensive coordinator vacancy, according to ESPNs Adam Schefter.

The Eagles would not comment on the report.

Herrmann, the Giants linebackers coach since 2008, played college football under Bo Schembechler at Michigan and coached in Ann Arbor for 21 years before Eric Mangini brought him to the Jets in 2006.

When Mangini and his staff were fired after the 2008 season, Tom Coughlin brought Herrmann across the hallway and onto his staff in the same role. Herrmann got a Super Bowl ring as part of the Giants staff last year.

"He was the defensive coordinator at the University of Michigan for a lot of years and did an outstanding job, Coughlin said of Herrmann. I was very impressed by not only the type of defense that they played but the aggressive style that they played. And he is a part of the Bo Schembechler tree. I have always been a great admirer of Bo Schembechler."

Although the Eagles arent commenting on any reports about coaches interviewing for jobs under new head coach Chip Kelly, Herrmann is the third known candidate to replace Todd Bowles as defensive coordinator.

Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart are also up for the defensive coordinator job.

Whoever the Eagles hire will become their fifth defensive coordinator in the last seven years. Sean McDermott took over in 2009 after the tragic death of legendary Jim Johnson but was fired after two years. Juan Castillo replaced McDermott but only lasted until midway through 2012 before being replaced by Bowles. McDermott is now the Panthers' defensive coordinator under Ron Rivera, and Castillo is a candidate to join Riveras staff as offensive line coach.

A league source also confirmed a report from two weeks ago that Duce Staley, who had been on Andy Reids staff the last two years, will be staying with the Eagles.

Staley, the fourth-leading rusher in franchise history, will coach running backs. He was technically a special teams quality control coach last year, although he worked a lot with the running backs.

The league source also confirmed a report that veteran coach Ted Williams will also remain with the team for a franchise-record 19th season.

Williams originally joined the Eagles in 1995 as part of Ray Rhodes original staff. He was one of three coaches Andy Reid kept when he replaced Rhodes, along with Castillo and John Harbaugh, now the Ravens head coach.

Williams will coach tight ends, which was his original job with Rhodes in 1995 and 1996. He coached running backs from 1997 through 2012.

Williams, like Kelly, spent time in the Pac-12 (then the Pac-10) before coming to the NFL. Williams was an assistant on both offense and defense at UCLA from 1980 through 1989.

Nobody in franchise history has spent as many years on the Eagles coaching staff as Williams, who never played football on any level.

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