Do this of them teams potentially interested in hiring Jonathan Gannon as their next head coach.
The Minnesota Vikings have joined the Denver Broncos requesting an interview with the defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles, according to a report by NFL Insider Tom Pelissero.
Gannon has obvious ties to both of these job postings. Denver general manager George Paton rode Gannon to Minnesota from 2014-2017. Vikings ownership has obviously known Gannon from those years as well.
Another one connection to consider is that the Vikings have reportedly interviewed Eagles vice president of football operations Catherine Raiche and Eagles director of player personnel Brandon Brown for their general manager positions. They could put a good word for Gannon… and vice versa.
We previously downplayed the likelihood of Gannon being hired this offseason. He feels like 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 his defense has come since the struggles of the start of this season. If the Eagles are able to close Tom Brady, well, you’d think Gannon’s stock would go up. Of course, the opposite is expected to happen and the Eagles defense will still struggle.
Gannon’s ability to lead a good defense is not the alone quality that his future employers will value. But that’s part of the equation.
As it stands, there’s no indication that Gannon is the favorite to land in Denver or Minnesota. These two teams would have interviewed a number of candidates, including former Eagles head coach Doug Pederson. (And former Eagles linebacker/current 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans!) Surely Dougie P will get a job before Gannon… right?
We’ll just have to wait and see.