Ryan Kerrigan on why he signed with the Eagles
On Monday, Ryan Kerrigan shockingly made the jump from the Washington Football Team to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles. Kerrigan provides depth at both outside linebacker and defensive end, filling a significant hole for the Eagles this offseason. Earlier today, Ryan sat down with John Clark to discuss his move to Philadelphia.
It is unknown what defense the Eagles will be running under their new defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon. For the last several years, the Eagles have run a 4-3 defense, but there is reason to believe they could be switching to a 3-4 next season. Whatever it is they will be running, Kerrigan is a big fan of it.
“I just felt like this was the scheme defensively that I fit in the best of the teams that I was looking at. And Coach Gannon, I think, is a really bright young mind as a defensive coordinator, and he’s a guy that I feel like I’m going to be able to learn a lot of ball from. I know he’s going to put myself and all the other guys in positions that we can be successful.”
Following his signing, Kerrigan has felt at home in Philly. Several members of the coaching staff have kept in constant contact while some of his teammates have made him feel welcome here too.
“I’ve been talking to Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham a good amount. They were really gracious and reached out to me, even when I was just visiting the team, and were encouraging me to come on board. That really meant a lot. That was honestly one of the big factors in coming to Philly, along with the defensive scheme, was just guys reaching out. The coaches were reaching out constantly and that really felt good. I really feel wanted there and I’m happy to be a part of it.”
Numerous power rankings have the Eagles as a bottom-five team currently due to it being seen as a rebuilding year by many. Despite that, Ryan Kerrigan has a lot of confidence in the team this upcoming season and believes they could make a push for the playoffs this season.
“I think people are pretty quick to forget that the Eagles made the playoffs in three of the past four seasons and just won the Super Bowl a couple years back,” he said. “I don’t think anybody knows that better than me having played the Eagles all those times. People that want to write off the Eagles, I don’t think they’re on top of it like that should be.”
Even though Ryan Kerrigan has been seen as an enemy to Eagles fans for several years, it looks like he’s won the fanbase over pretty quickly. Currently, the Eagles are already getting back to work. They are already going through voluntary workouts after agreeing to a modified offseason schedule earlier this week.
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