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Arizona Cardinals finalize partnership with Jonathan Gannon as new head coach

Former Eagles' defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon is slated to transfer to the Cardinals, the team announced on Tuesday.

PHOENIX — The Arizona Cardinals are getting a new head coach! The Cardinals and Jonathan Gannon have agreed on terms to hire him onto the team.

Gannon, 40, was previously the Philadelphia Eagles' defensive coordinator. He has also served as an assistant coach for the Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans, and Atlanta Falcons.

The team posted the announcement on Twitter just before 1 p.m. on Tuesday, welcoming Gannon to the Valley.

The announcement comes just over a month after the firing of former head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Kingsbury spent four seasons with the Cardinals, joining the team on Jan. 8, 2019.

However, after a nasty loss to the Rams in 2021, the Cardinals failed to return to the playoffs in 2022. When the team went 4-13 in the 2022 season, a change of leadership was all but guaranteed. 

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Kingsbury was fired on Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, and the team announced just a few days later that General Manager Steve Keim was stepping down from his position.

Since then the team has been casting a wide net to rehire for both positions.

Sports Illustrated reported that the decision was down to Gannon and Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo. Despite a push to retain Gannon by the Eagles, it seems the decision has been made.

Under Gannon's leadership, the Eagles boasted a top-10 defense in each of the past two seasons; ranked 2nd in total defense in 2022 and 10th in the NFL in 2021.

The Eagles also featured the NFL's top-ranked pass defense and the league's 8th ranked scoring defense this past season.

After taking the Philadelphia Eagles to Super Bowl LVII, Gannon's defense gave up 24 second-half points to the Chiefs, losing their 10-point halftime lead.

All the same, a strong showing during his two seasons with the Eagles made Gannon a prime choice for the position as he looks to inherit a team in need of some help.

This is a developing story. Stay with 12News as we continue to update this article with more information.

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