The Eagles have asked for and received permission to talk to Saints defensive backs coach Dennis Allen about their opening for a defensive coordinator, a source close to the situation has confirmed.
The request was first reported by Jay Glazer, of Fox Sports.
Allen, 38, just completed his fifth season with the Saints, his third with the defensive backs. The Saints had 26 interceptions in the regular season in 2009 on their way to a Super Bowl victory, but slipped to just nine this past season. He spent his first two seasons in New Orleans coaching the defensive line.
He was seen as a potential successor as defensive coordinator had Gregg Williams left for the Broncos' head coaching job. The Broncos were granted permission to talk to Williams, but he withdrew his name a day before his scheduled interview.
Allen spent four years with the Atlanta Falcons, two years as the defensive quality control coach and two year as as defensive assistant/quality control,
He also coached in college at Tulsa and as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M, after his four years as a defensive back for the Aggies.
Perhaps the lure of family was just too much for Jim Mora Jr.
The former Falcons and Seahawks head coach has withdrawn his name from consideration for both the Eagles and Broncos openings for a defensive coordinator, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer. Glazer said Mora called him to give him the news.
Mora does want to coach again, but has decided to take one more year off and is expected to remain in broadcasting.
Another factor could be that he still has money coming from his contract with the Seahawks. Mora was fired after one season.
A source close to the situation said no defensive-coordinator announcement was ever imminent here, regardless, so reports that Mora had offers from both Denver and the Eagles might not have been entirely accurate.
The question is where that leaves the Eagles, either with secondary coach Dick Jauron or perhaps a mystery candidate who has yet to be publicy identified. Jauron was said to be wrapping up the second day of his interview in Cleveland today.
The Plain Dealer reported that nothing was expected to happen immediately with Jauron. The Browns also are expected to interview Dave Wannstedt this week.
Indications are the Eagles hope to interview at least one coach still involved in the playoffs, which they cannot do until that candidate’s team is eliminated.
Elsewhere, the Carolina Panthers have finally made the hiring of Sean McDermott official, naming him their defensive coordinator.
"I have worked with Sean and know he is an intensely focused and very smart coach," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said. "He has a lot of versatility in his background that provides him with sound experience teaching defense. Sean is a highly regarded young coach, and we think he will make a strong contribution to the Carolina Panthers."
Rivera and McDermott spent five years together on the defensive staff of the Eagles under Jim Johnson.
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