Former Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon said the first time he was told about his interview to be the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals was in the after Super Bowl LVII.
General Manager Howie Roseman informed him he wouldn’t be boarding the team plane back to Philadelphia. Roseman was told that Gannon would be staying behind in Phoenix.
All of this may be true, but the first time he had heard about the Cardinals interest wasn’t true. It was an obvious lie by Gannon.
Right before the start of the 2023 NFL Draft, news broke that the Cardinals and Eagles had reached a settlement in a tampering case that surprised everybody.
The wording wasn’t tampering, but “an instance of impermissible contact” by Arizona during its head coaching search this past January. Teams aren’t allowed to talk to other head coaches during that week.
The Cardinals and Gannon talked via Zoom in the days following the Eagles NFC Championship win over the San Francisco 49ers.
The Cardinals self-reported the violation, probably because Gannon came out and said during an interview earlier in the week that he talked to the Cardinals via Zoom before the Super Bowl.
Gannon is a weasel. Last week, he went after the Philadelphia media for no apparent reason. He seems ill prepared and overmatched for the position of Head Coach.
Gannon did not have his defense prepared for what the Chiefs did to them in the second half of the Super Bowl, when Kansas City overcame a 24-14 deficit to win the championship, 38-35. The Eagles couldn’t make a stop.
Two of the Chiefs touchdowns were too easy, wide-open throws to Kadarius Toney from 5 yards and Skyy Moore from 4 that gave Kansas City a 35-27 lead with just over nine minutes to play.
Gannon got caught with his pants down on those plays. Was he too busy thinking about the Arizona Cardinals job?
It’s safe to say Philadelphia Eagles fans will not miss Jonathan Gannon.
Arizona Cardinals HC Jonathan Gannon. Photo courtsey of Chris Coduto/Getty Images