New York Giants linebacker coach Jim Herrmann has interviewed for the for the Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator position. Herrmann has been on Big Blue's staff for the past four seasons. Prior to his arrival to the Giants, Herrmann also served the same role for the New York Jets for three season. Furthermore, he coached his alma mater Michigan Wolverines for 20 seasons, nine of which were as the defensive coordinator.
The Giants linebackers were not exactly stellar in 2012. There was no presence in the middle, and several individuals had serious issues in pass coverage. However, it's very possible that Big Blue's shortcomings regarding their linebackers was due to lack of talent rather than coaching. Regardless, Herrmann has established a reputation that has allowed him to coach major college and professional football for nearly three decades.
Having Herrmann move to another NFC East team would be potentially harmful to the Giants game plan next season. Hermann knows Perry Fewell's system like the back of his hand; he knows the personnel, the signals and the whole nine-yards. The Giants would have dealt with this before, as they played against Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan this season. Evidently, neither were able to impact the game. However, If Herrmann gets the job, a large factor in the decision would be to acquire his intimate knowledge of the Giants scheme and personnel.
After the departure of Andy Reid, the Eagles are currently in the process of rebuilding their coaching staff. The team's previous defensive coordinator, Todd Bowles took over for Juan Castillo in the middle of last season. Despite the hope that Bowles would be able to get the defense to play to its potential, the unit performed even worse. If Herrmann is hired as the defensive coordinator in Philly, he has a significant mess to clean up before the start of the 2013 season.
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