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Rumor Mill: Teryl Austin


Rumor Mill is an aggregation of Eagles-related reports, rumors and wild speculation. The team does not endorse these items.

On Sunday night, FOX Sports' Alex Marvez reported that Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin is "among the candidates the Eagles will consider pursuing" to replace Chip Kelly.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen fortified that report on Monday by stating that the Eagles will interview Austin.

Austin just wrapped up his second season as the Lions' defensive coordinator. Prior to joining Detroit, Austin spent 10 seasons as a defensive backs coach for the Seahawks, Cardinals and Ravens and went to the Super Bowl with each of those squads, winning the championship in 2012 with Baltimore.

In his first year with Detroit, the Lions had the No. 2 ranking in total defense, the team's best finish since 1970. The Lions allowed just over 300 yards per game that season, the fewest in over 20 years. Detroit held opponents to 17 or fewer points in 11 games, just one shy of the team record set back in 1934.

Austin has been able to cultivate talent up front and in the secondary. Former first-round pick Ezekiel Ansah earned his first Pro Bowl bid this past season, while safety Glover Quin was invited to the all-star game last year.

Coaching the Ravens' secondary from 2011-13, Baltimore ranked first in the NFL in pass defense during that span. While in Arizona, he helped three defensive backs earn Pro Bowl honors in the 2009 season. In 2007, the Cardinals led the league in interceptions returned for touchdowns.

Before entering the professional ranks, Austin was an assistant coach at Penn State, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Michigan and Florida.

This article will be updated with all of the latest rumors involving Austin.

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