Browns will interview Dennard Wilson of the Eagles for the DC position;  report

Browns will interview Dennard Wilson of the Eagles for the DC position; report

The Cleveland Browns reportedly interviewed Eagles defensive backs coach and defensive passing game coordinator Dennard Wilson on Saturday for their defensive coordinator vacancy.

It would be a big loss for the Eagles.

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

The Eagles have to hope the Browns drag this process out. Because Jonathan Gannon is up for head coaching again in Houston, and the most obvious inside replacement for him is Wilson, who won’t be eligible for promotion if he’s already in Cleveland.

Wilson, 40, has been with the Eagles and their defensive backs coach since 2021, joining the staff under Nick Sirianni and Gannon. For this last season, he was promoted and the title of Defensive Passing Game Coordinator was added next to his name.

Wilson has coached defensive backs in the NFL for years. Before coming to Philadelphia, 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 being drafted from Maryland in 2004.

When Gannon started interviewing for head coaching jobs last year, Wilson was of course thinking about how he would handle things whenever he found himself in the DC chair.

“Look, I’ve been doing this for a long time and I’ve been around some great defensive coordinators in my opinion,” Wilson said this summer. “I was groomed by Gregg Williams, I was groomed by Todd Bowles, who are very good in this league and very thorough. So I was framed by them.

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

The Eagles finished this season with the No. 1 pass defense in the NFL, giving up just 179.8 yards per game through the air.

Sure, the Eagles have one of the best cornerback groups in the NFL, but they’ve also had to rebuild part of the secondary due to injuries and Wilson got a good play from UDFA Reed Blankenship and backup K’ Von Wallace, among others.

Wilson’s players also seem to think a lot about him. They praise it whenever they get the chance.

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

“He never cheated on me, not once again,” Slay said. “Like I said, I’m just surprised he’s been in the game for 15 years and he hasn’t had a job at DC because he’s a smart dude. And he’s already starred in this league, so I wouldn’t be surprised if sooner or later he had one of them.

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