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Raji Makes Case For Trgovac As Philly D-Coordinator Job Still Open

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Raji Makes Case For Trgovac As Philly D-Coordinator Job Still Open

The Denver Broncos announced that they're hiring former New Orleans Saints secondary coach Dennis Allen as their new defensive coordinator, which means they either weren't interested or couldn't wait any longer on Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac.

Trgovac had been a name of interest as the Broncos' defensive coordinator ever since John Fox was hired as head coach. Trgovac was Fox's defensive coordinator in Carolina for six seasons from 2003 to 2008.

There's reason to believe Trgovac is still in contention to become the new Philadelphia Eagles' defensive coordinator, however, as are assistant head coach and inside linebackers coach Winston Moss as well as outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene, according to Brad Biggs of the National Football Post.

B.J. Raji, one of the star's of Sunday's NFC Championship victory over the Chicago Bears, spoke highly of Trgovac and the job he's done helping the defensive tackle develop.

"He's been a life-changer for me," said Raji. "He's had so much experience with the young, high draft picks. He knows when to back off, he knows when to get on you. Versus last year, some of the conversations we've had this year, we would never discuss that last year.  He knew I wasn't ready last year for taking on the role of a starting nose tackle in a 3-4 defense and some of the things we're doing schematically.

"So I felt like he's kind of grown with me.  He's kind of laid off a little bit and let me grow.  But he's also a good coach, so he's going to get on me when he sees it's necessary."

Whether Trgovac is interested in Philadelphia's defensive coordinator position is another matter entirely. Green Bay's defensive line coach is on record as saying it would be tough to move his family, and his daughter, who's set to become a senior in high school next year.

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KCousineau09's picture

With all due respect to Mike Trgovac, I hope the 2 week wait til after the Super Bowl means the Eagles will hire someone else. I can't see the Packers allowing him to interview for any position in the time leading up to the Super Bowl. He has worked wonders with the d-line with the injuries they've had to deal with (Neal being out for the year and Jenkins being banged up) and I'd hate to lose him. With that being said, if he does get the job I'm sure he'll do a great job in Philly.

Jack's picture

That's the downside to making it to the Super Bowl; other teams with coaching vacancies swoop down out of the sky like a hawk to snatch up the the talented people who helped make a team like the Packers so successful. Trgovac would be a huge loss.

Oppy's picture

What kind of a pro organization would be interested in looking at Kevin Greene as an option as DC??

No offense, Coach Greene- I'm sure someday you may be qualified. But this is a guy who is in only his second year of his first full-time coaching gig- as a position coach, and a specialized postitional coach at that (Outside LB coach).

To say Kevin Greene is still Green would be an understatement. Don't get me wrong, he has done a phenomenal job with the likes of Brad Jones, Clay Matthews, Frank Zombo and Eric Walden.. But being a DC is a whole other beast than coaching up some OLB's

thepretzelhead on twitter's picture

I;ve read it's the worst time to move your family with a girl entering her senior year. And then for the following 10 years after that.

Jay's picture

On one hand, I'd certainly wish Trgovac success if he does take a DC job, but really I'd rather he stayed with the Pack.

Of course, as long as he stays with us, he's not going to really advance since Capers has quite solidified his position and I really REALLY don't want to lose Capers under any circumstances.

Jay's picture

All that said, I seriously doubt he'll be doing anything but his job with the Packers in the coming two weeks - after all, what could possibly look better on your resume than a Super Bowl win? That's going to be his goal right now, I'm sure.

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