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Eagles defensive coordinator search rumors: Mike Pettine not a candidate

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It's time to scratch another name off the Philadelphia Eagles' list of defensive coordinator candidates. According to Nick Fierro of The Morning Call, former Browns head coach Mike Pettine is out of the mix. The Bucks County native was fired by Cleveland after the 2015 season ended in early January.

Doug Pederson reportedly targeted Steve Spagnuolo as his top choice for defensive coordinator but it appears that won't be happening. The Eagles requested permission to talk to Spags but the Giants denied them and now he's staying with New York. Spags probably wasn't a good choice anyway considering how bad his defenses have been so the Giants saved the Eagles from themselves in this situation. How nice of Ben McAdoo.

With Pettine and Spags out of the mix, the Eagles will have to look elsewhere. Jim Schwartz has reportedly been in contact with the Eagles. The former Detroit Lions head coach is reportedly interviewing with the Jacksonville Jaguars for their vacancy.