do that two teams that are potentially interested in hiring Jonathan Gannon as their next head coach.
The Minnesota Vikings have joined the Denver Broncos requesting an interview with the Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive coordinator, according to a report from NFL Insider Tom Pelissero.
Gannon has obvious ties to both of these job openings. Denver general manager George Paton overlapped with Gannon in Minnesota from 2014 to 2017. Vikings ownership is obviously familiar with Gannon from those years as well.
Other connection to consider is that the Vikings are reportedly interviewing Eagles VP of football operations Catherine Raîche and Eagles director of player personnel Brandon Brown for their general manager vacancy. They could speak well of Gannon… and vice versa.
We’ve previously downplayed the likelihood of Gannon being hired in the off-season.. It seems that he has more to prove before he deserves such an opportunity. Sunday’s wild-card game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be a very interesting test of how far their defense has really come since struggling earlier this season. If the Eagles can shut down Tom Brady, well, you’d think Gannon’s stock would go up. Of course, the expectation is that the opposite will happen and the Eagles’ defense will struggle once again.
Gannon’s ability to lead a good defense is not the only quality that your potential employers will evaluate. But it is part of the equation.
As it currently stands, there has been no indication that Gannon is the favorite to land in Denver or Minnesota. Those two teams are reportedly interviewing various candidates, including former Eagles head coach Doug Pederson. (And former Eagles linebacker/current 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans!) Dougie P is sure to get a job before Gannon…right?
We’ll have to wait and see.