Darren Perry: 'I'm ready' to be a coordinator

Darren Perry, left, said that he is ready to be a defensive coordinator in the NFL. (Eric Risberg/AP file photo)

A few things have to happen before the Eagles can interview Packers assistant Darren Perry about their defensive coordinator opening.

First, Perry and the Packers have to play in the Super Bowl. Then, the Eagles have to formally request permission and the Packers have to grant permission. Perry has a year left on his contract.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel first reported Friday that Perry was among the candidates the Eagles are hoping to talk to after the Super Bowl. The Eagles are prohibited from commenting because of league tampering rules.

Perry, the Packers' safeties coach, also was not in a position to say much, but conceded that he was flattered that his name has surfaced.

“I have not interviewed for a defensive coordinator position in the past, but I think I’m ready, I’ve done my apprenticeship,” Perry, 42, told the Virginian Pilot in his home area of  Chesapeake, Va. “I’ve been around some great football minds. I’m patiently waiting for my opportunity, knowing that eventually something will come up.”

Perry is a Dick LeBeau disciple, who played for LeBeau in Pittsburgh and coached for him there and in Cincinnati, where LeBeau spent three seasons as a head coach. Perry played alongside Rod Woodson, and can claim tutelage of Troy Polamalu and Nnamdi Asomugha, as well as Nick Collins, the Packers safety who earned a Pro Bowl berth this season.

Perry has played and coached in the Super Bowl previously, and said he recognizes he will be asked about his future in the prelude to the game.

“I’m not gonna spend a whole lot of time talking about it, because my focus right now is on the Pittsburgh Steelers," he said. "It’s great to be recognized, but really right now, that’ll be something to talk about once we get through this game right here.” 

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