June 23, 2024

It looks like Wink Martindale’s next job may be opening up.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Eagles dismissed defensive coordinator Sean Desai on Sunday night, and they have already begun reaching out to possible successors.

According to The Athletic’s Dianna Russini, general manager Howie Roseman and head coach Nick Sirianni have already made contact with the former defensive coordinator of the Giants.

Over the previous week, the source said, the Eagles had also reached out to former Falcons defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen, among others.

Martindale would provide Philadelphia with an intriguing alternative and undoubtedly give a fresh perspective to the rivalry between the Giants and Eagles.

Football-wise, the Eagles may use his blitz-happy approach after their pass rush struggled in 2023. Additionally, Philadelphia’s defence boasts a number of Pro Bowl-caliber players in the secondary and on the line, which is an improvement over Martindale’s tenure with the Giants.

When about Martindale on locker clean-out day, inside linebacker Bobby Okereke remarked, “It’s a resilient group, and it starts at the top, it starts with Wink.” “He really steers the ship with the way he coaches and leads, not to mention the energy, fire, and passion he instills in us.”

The relationship between defensive coordinator Brian Daboll and head coach Martindale had been worsening for some time, but it erupted when Daboll got go of two close confidants of Martindale after the season finished, marking the harsh end to Martindale’s stint with the Giants.

Paul Schwartz of The Post said that after hearing the news, Martindale yelled obscenities at Daboll and stormed out of his office.

Later on January 8, it was claimed that Martindale had resigned; however, he never submitted an official resignation, which fueled further rumours until January 10, when the parties “mutually agreed to part ways.”

Attorneys for the Giants and Martindale worked out a deal that would allow Martindale to accept a job offer from any other team and spare the franchise from having to pay him the $3 million he was due in 2024.

As a result, getting rid of a potential obstacle to obtaining a new employment for the 2024 season and creating the chance to work in Philadelphia or somewhere else

Given that Sirianni removed Desai from his defensive playcalling responsibilities in the last month of the season, the Eagles’ decision to relieve him of his responsibilities is not shocking.

In Desai’s final six games as defensive playcaller, the Eagles finished 32nd in the league in both red-zone and third-down defence. It was Desai’s first season in that role.

 

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