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What national experts are saying about new Lions DC Cory Undlin

Here’s what some national pundits are saying about the Lions’ newest defensive coordinator.

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Early Monday morning, word got out that the next Detroit Lions defensive coordinator will be Eagles defensive backs coach Cory Undlin. Like many, I didn’t know too much about Undlin, so I went scrambling for information on the guy.

Thankfully, there are a lot of people in Philadelphia that know things about him and offered their thoughts on the work he’s done over his two decades worth of coaching.

My first reaction, admittedly, was a bit put off by the news. The Eagles secondary was awful in 2019, and it’s never good optics to hire a coach from a bad unit. But Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer believes Undlin was a well-respected coach in Philly and personnel issues were the team’s undoing this year:

And Dave Birkett with the good catch here. Lions head coach Matt Patricia, who worked alongside Undlin in 2004 with the Patriots, actually mentioned Undlin earlier in the 2019 season, before Lions vs. Eagles:

The Eagles players are apparently big fans of him, too, according to Giants beat reporter Matt Lombardo:

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo concurs:

Garafolo also offered up this great moment for Undlin moments after winning Super Bowl 52.

Of course, there are plenty of doubters, too. Many are understandably skeptical of the Lions hiring a coach that is already friends with head coach Matt Patricia:

Also, as cruel irony would have it, our friends at Bleeding Green Nation published an article entitled, “Eagles are the only team that hasn’t drafted a Pro Bowl defensive back since 2003” just an hour before the news broke.

For the most part—whatever it’s worth—Eagles fans are happy Undlin is gone, which is no surprise considering how poor the secondary has played over the past couple years. The debate remains whether it was Undlin’s coaching or poor personnel that was the root of the problem.

Bonus: Want to hear what Undlin sounds like as a coach? The Philadelphia Eagles had him mic’d up during training camp last year.

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