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Is Trgovac an Eagles DC candidate?

With Jim Mora all but signed in Denver -- although you have to wonder what's taking so long -- and with Dick Jauron reportedly in Cleveland interviewing with the Browns, the pool of available defensive coordinators for the Eagles to snatch up seems to be dwindling.

Is Trgovac an Eagles DC candidate?

Mike Trgovac was the Eagles´ defensive line coach from 1995-98. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)
Mike Trgovac was the Eagles' defensive line coach from 1995-98. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

With Jim Mora all but signed in Denver -- although you have to wonder what's taking so long -- and with Dick Jauron reportedly in Cleveland interviewing with the Browns, the pool of available defensive coordinators for the Eagles to snatch up seems to be dwindling.

But one hot name keeps resurfacing, at least among reporters and fans: Mike Trgovac.

The Packers defensive line coach hasn't been mentioned as one of the Eagles' top candidates partly because they wouldn't be able to interview him at the earliest until Monday. If Green Bay beats Chicago in the NFC Championship, the Eagles would have to wait until after the Super Bowl to talk with Trgovac about their defensive coordinator opening.

If he is indeed their top choice then the Eagles-reading Nation is in store for a lot of filler stories about the search until Andy Reid and company can interview the former Carolina defensive coordinator.

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A league source with knowledge of the Eagles' thinking said that the team would likely see how things play out with their top three options -- Mora, Jauron and former Cardinals defensive coordinator Billy Davis -- before considering Trgovac.

The 51-year-old, on the surface, would appear to be a fit in Philadelphia. For one, he coached here before as the defensive line coach from 1995-98 under head coach Ray Rhodes. So owner Jeffrey Lurie and president Joe Banner are familiar with Trgovac.

He's also had success before as a coordinator. During his six-year stint in Carolina, the Panthers reached the playoffs three times and the Super Bowl once. Trgovac's game plan had a lot to do with Carolina stuffing the Eagles in a 2003 NFC championship victory. The Panthers went on to lose to the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

Trgovac also favors a 4-3 scheme, one that Reid is said to want to keep after he fired Sean McDermott last week.

There are a number of other coaches with defensive backgrounds still unemployed. Former Bears and Dolphins head coach Dave Wannstedt is among them. He is expected to also speak with the Browns about their opening.

But one thing is for sure: The choice isn't likely to be made any time soon. Reid is currently vacationing in the Caribbean (we think). A team spokesman could not confirm where the head coach had gone for his break. He isn't expected back until the end of the week.

Stay tuned.

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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