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Both Sean Desai, Matt Patricia won't return to Philadelphia Eagles' coaching staff: reports

Digital Brief: Jan. 21, 2024
Digital Brief: Jan. 21, 2024 02:15

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- The Philadelphia Eagles' defensive coaching staff will look a lot different in the 2024 season. The Eagles fired defensive coordinator Sean Desai, according to CBS Sports. Senior defensive assistant Matt Patricia will "explore other opportunities," NFL Network and Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Sunday. 

Desai lost defensive play-calling duties in the middle of the season to Patricia but remained on the job as the team's "defensive coordinator" by title.   

The Eagles were 10-3 before Sirianni made the switch to Patricia as the team's de facto defensive coordinator and stripped Desai of play-calling duties. 

The Eagles weren't anywhere near as good as their 2022 defense under Desai through the first 13 games, but they got worse with Patricia calling the defense. 

With Patricia as the defensive playcaller, the Eagles went 1-4, including the playoffs, with losses to backup quarterbacks Drew Lock and Tyrod Taylor. 

Desai, 40, was hired as the team's defensive coordinator after Jonathan Gannon left to become the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. He came to Philly after a season with the Seattle Seahawks as their associate head coach and defensive assistant and previously served as the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears in the 2021 season. 

Patricia arrived in Philly following a season where he called the offensive plays for the New England Patriots in 2022 and served as a senior football advisor and offensive line coach. 

NFL Network reports that Desai, a Temple University alumnus, and Patricia will be in the mix for other defensive coordinator jobs. 

The Athletic reports that Sirianni and general manager Howie Roseman have reached out to available coordinators for the opening at defensive coordinator, including former New York Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale and former Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen. 

Sirianni's job security was brought into question following the team's ugly end to the 2023 season, but all signs point to him returning for his fourth season as the Eagles' head coach, according to ESPN. 

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