Report: Giants linebacker coach Jim Herrmann to interview for Eagles defensive coordinator job
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Eagles will interview Giants linebackers coach Jim Herrmann for their open defensive coordinator spot under new head coach Chip Kelly. The New York Daily News has also confirmed the report.
Herrmann, a Univeristy of Michigan graduate, has a history of winning. He spent 20 years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, including 9 as defensive coordinator, before moving up to the NFL in 2006. He served as the defensive coordinator on Michigan's 1997 National Championship team and in return received the Frank Broyles Award as the top assistant coach in the nation.
In 2006 he began working as the Jets linebacker coach and held the position for three seasons before a coaching change (Eric Mangini to Rex Ryan) cost him his job.
The following season, he joined Tom Coughlin's staff, taking the same position with the New York Giants.. Herrmann has held the positon since, and now has a Super Bowl ring thanks to the Giants 2011 title.
Herrmann is a new name to be surfaced in the Eagles search for a defensive coordinator, as previous speculation has surrounded Georgia's Tod Grantham and Alabama's Kirby Smart, both of whom run a 3-4 defense.
Grantham has the most professional experience of the three, spending 11 years with the Colts, Texans and Cowboys, mostly as a defensive line coach.
Smart has just one year of NFL experience, as the Dolphins' secondary coach under Nick Saban.