Eagles mailbag: Will the pitchfork-toting angry mob coming for Jonathan Gannon get their way?

In our Eagles chat on Wednesday, there were a lot of questions that we could not get to in time or other questions we did answer but could use more color. And so, let’s do a mailbag post to answer some of the overflow, as well as some commonly asked questions on Twitter and via email. Actually, there were so many good enough questions that this will be Part I of II.

Question from Joe: Could you give me some background on DB coach Dennard Wilson? I’m not saying I’m sharpening a pitchfork for Jonathan Gannon just yet, buuuut….

Let’s first note that the Eagles are 1-0, and they are very clear favorites in the NFC East this season. Let’s not get crazy.

With that disclaimer in place, there precedent for an in-season defensive coordinator firing with this team. In 2012, Andy Reid fired Juan Castillo after the team got out to a 3-3 start. Like Gannon, Castillo was in his second season with the team. The circumstances were a different that year, of course. Andy Reid was on the hot seat himself that season, while Nick Sirianni certainly is not, and Castillo’s firing could be looked at as a move by a head coach feeling the pressure of needing to win immediately.

The Eagles aren’t remotely close to firing Gannon, nor should they be, but if the defense underperforms and the team loses games to less talented opponents as a result, it will be interesting to see what kind of patience Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, and Sirianni have with Gannon.

As for Dennard Wilson, he made it know