Browns Interviews Eagles’ Dennard Wilson for DC Position; report

The Cleveland Browns will reportedly interview Eagles defensive backs coach and defensive game coordinator Dennard Wilson on Saturday for their vacant position as defensive coordinator.

That would be a big loss for the Eagles.

News of the Browns’ plan to interview Wilson was initially reported by CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones, while Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot reported that the interview is scheduled for Saturday.

The Eagles have to hope the Browns drag this process out. Because Jonathan Gannon is once again a contender for the Houston head coaching gig and the most likely internal replacement for him is Wilson, who can’t get promoted if he’s already in Cleveland.

Wilson, 40, has been with the Eagles since 2021 and has been their defensive backs coach since 2021, joining the staff led by Nick Sirianni and Gannon. For the past season he was promoted and the title of coordinator of the defensive passing game was added next to his name.

Wilson has coached defensive backs in the NFL for many years. Before coming to Philly he was with the Jets and before that with the Rams. He also had a cup of coffee in the NFL as a player after leaving Maryland in 2004.

When Gannon started applying for head coaching jobs last year, Wilson naturally thought about how he would handle things when he lands in the D.C. chairmanship.

“Look, I’ve been doing this for a long time and I’ve had great defensive coordinators around me in my opinion,” Wilson said this summer. “I’ve been looked after by Gregg Williams, I’ve been looked after by Todd Bowles, who are very good at this competition and are very thorough. So I was guided by them.

“I know how to operate a ship, I know the responsibilities. If the opportunity arises, I’m more than ready. But I’m here where my feet are and I’m just trying to be the best defensive back coach I can be.

The Eagles finished the season with the #1 passing defense in the NFL, giving up just 179.8 yards per game through the air.

Sure, the Eagles have one of the best groups of cornerbacks in the NFL, but they’ve also had to put together some secondary due to injuries and Wilson has gotten some good play from UDFA Reed Blankenship and backup K’Von Wallace, among others.

Wilson’s players also seem to like him very much. They praise him every chance they get.

Last year, after his incredible 2021 season, Darius Slay wondered aloud why Wilson had not yet been named defensive coordinator.

“He’s never steered me wrong, not once,” Slay said. “Like I said, I’m just surprised he’s been in the game for 15 years and hasn’t had a DC job because he’s a smart guy. And he’s played in this league before, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets one of those jobs sooner or later.”

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