Cardinals hire Eagles' Jonathan Gannon as new head coach

Jonathan Gannon, the defensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles, was named the new head coach of the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday,

according to the team. Gannon was given a five-year deal. The decision was made two days after the Eagles' 38-35 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII,

during which Gannon's defense allowed 24 second-half points and allowed a 10-point halftime lead to evaporate.

Lou Anarumo, the defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals, and Mike Kafka, the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants,

were the other two candidates for the position. Gannon, 40, made an immediate effect during his two seasons as the Eagles' defensive coordinator.

In his first season, he made Philadelphia's defense a top-10 unit, and this season, the Eagles finished second in the league with two Pro Bowlers on the team.

Philadelphia's scoring defense improved from allowing 26.1 points per game in 2020—the year before Gannon was hired—to 22.7 in 2021—which

ranked 18th—and 20.2 in 2022. (eighth). With playoffs included, the Eagles' 78 sacks in 2022 ranked third in the NFL's all-time list of seasons.

As the Cardinals' fourth head coach in seven years, Gannon replaces Kliff Kingsbury, who was fired in January after finishing 28-37-1 with one postseason

appearance in four seasons. 31 players are anticipated to become unrestricted free agents, leaving him with a team that is about to undergo an overhaul.

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