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Eagles defensive coordinator search: Ted Monachino is ready according to Dean Pees

There has been very little news about the Eagles search for a defensive coordinator in recent weeks. It's been oddly quiet in fact, especially given that they've moved relatively fast on other hires (even if they won't officially tell us).

The speculation that has resulted is that the team was waiting until the after the Super Bowl because they had their sights set on one of the 49ers or Ravens assistants. For the champs, the name most mentioned is LB coach Ted Monachino.

The Eagles have not yet approached him or the Ravens, because they couldn't anyway, but he says that if he was offered the Eagles job he'd be interested and that the Raven would not block him from taking it.

His boss, Baltimore defensive coordinator, Dean Pees says Monachino is ready for the step up to coordinator.

"Absolutely, his attention to detail, he's extremely serious," Pees said of Monachino, who coached Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs at Arizona State and since joining the Ravens' staff. "He knows the scheme from front to back and knows a lot of the game, not just his position. He knows the entire front and how the coverage's coordinate with the front. Tremendous coach."

Monachino, with his shiny new Super Bowl ring, would certainly be a popular hire and his resume reads as a guy perfectly qualified to make the jump.

He's been a coach for 20 years, with the last 6 years in the NFL. He's been in a very good system in Baltimore that's not only had success on the field, but has also produced a lot of good defensive coaches. We should find out very soon if he's going to get an interview.

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