Philadelphia Eagles Fire Defensive Coordinator Sean Desai
India-West News Desk
PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on the night of January 21 that the Eagles have dismissed defensive coordinator Sean Desai. Coach Nick Sirianni was identified by NFL sources as the one who made the decision.
Desai, 40, had been in his inaugural year with the Eagles and his second season as an NFL defensive coordinator. He spent the 2022 season with the Seattle Seahawks as an associate head coach on defense.
During Desai’s tenure, the Eagles achieved a 10-3 record, but they faced setbacks with consecutive losses to the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys. Notably, the team struggled situationally, boasting the league’s poorest third-down defense with a 48.1% conversion rate. They also ranked 19th in fourth-down defense (51.9% conversion) and 30th in red-zone defense (70.5), according to the Inquirer.
Desai, originally from Connecticut, commenced his coaching career at Temple University, where he started as a graduate assistant and eventually rose to the position of outside linebackers coach. He earned a doctorate in educational administration from Temple.
In the NFL, Desai began with the Chicago Bears as a defensive quality control coach. He served as the Bears’ safeties coach from 2019-20 and was later promoted to defensive coordinator in 2021 before departing for the Seahawks.