Eagles line up candidates to coach D

Updated: January 16, 2011, 12:39 PM ET
By Chris Mortensen | ESPN

As recently fired defensive coordinator Sean McDermott has emerged as a candidate for the same position with the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers, the Eagles are in discussions with a number of candidates, including former Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons coach Jim L. Mora as McDermott's replacement, a source said.

The Eagles also discussed Rob Ryan as a potential defensive coordinator but he is set to join the Dallas Cowboys.

Aside from Mora, current Eagles assistant Dick Jauron is a candidate to replace McDermott. Jauron was given permission by the Eagles to interview for the Cleveland Browns' defensive coordinator vacancy, which was held by Ryan. Former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Billy Davis, who was recently let go, also is on the Eagles' list of candidates.

When McDermott was informed of his surprising dismissal just days after getting a vote of confidence, coach Andy Reid told the 36-year-old that the specter of filling the legendary shoes of Jim Johnson in a sports-heavy city such as Philadelphia was a contributing factor.

Chris Mortensen is ESPN's Senior NFL Analyst.

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