The Eagles have requested to interview San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh for their now vacant head coaching job, according to an ESPN report.
Saleh, 41-years old, has coached in the NFL since 2005 and has spent the last four seasons as the 49ers defensive coordinator. The 49ers defense was 25th and 28th in his first two seasons as coordinator, before jumping to 8th in 2019 when the 49ers went to the Super Bowl.
Saleh has been getting interest from other teams around the league as well, interviewing with the New York Jets.
Saleh would be interesting hire for the Eagles. Saleh would presumably fix their defense, although his defenses have not faired well in San Francisco when the offense hasn't helped it.
Saleh would need to be paired with a strong offensive coordinator. Owner Jeffrey Lurie made it clear on Monday that he believes you win in the NFL with an elite offense, and Saleh wouldn't help the team accomplish that. The issue with hiring Saleh would be even if the Eagles did find an elite-level offensive coordinator, that coordinator would immediately find himself at the top of the next batch of head coaching candidates -- and the Eagles would he helpless to stop him.
Still, as much as Lurie says he prefers offense, he did almost hire Gus Bradley -- a defensive coordinator -- as his head coach in 2013 before Chip Kelly took the job.
So far the rumored Eagles’ list of potential candidates is at three — Saleh, Lincoln Riley and Mike Kafka.
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