Cardinals hire Eagles LBs coach Nick Rallis as defensive coordinator

Feb 18, 2023, 8:47 PM | Updated: Feb 21, 2023, 2:41 pm
Philadelphia Eagles linebackers coach Nick Rallis gestures during a preseason NFL football game aga...

Philadelphia Eagles linebackers coach Nick Rallis gestures during a preseason NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, in Philadelphia. It's a big weekend for Nick Rallis and big brother Mike. Mike Rallis, better known as WWE star Madcap Moss, is in the mix for Saturday's Royal Rumble. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz, File)

(AP Photo/Rich Schultz, File)

The Arizona Cardinals are hiring 29-year-old Philadelphia Eagles linebackers coach Nick Rallis as their defensive coordinator, the team announced Tuesday.

The NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero first reported the news.

Rallis, 29, was the defensive quality control and assistant linebackers coach with the Minnesota Vikings from 2018-2020 before spending two seasons with Philadelphia and new Arizona head coach Jonathan Gannon, who served as Eagles DC from 2021-22.

During the 2020 season, the Vikings were the only team in the league with two linebackers to amass 100-plus tackles on the year (Eric Wilson and Eric Kendricks). Kendricks had a career year, being named to his first career Pro Bowl.

In his first season with Philadelphia, the defense allowed the fifth-fewest explosive plays (117), ninth-fewest rushing yards per game (107.9) and 10th-fewest total yards per game (328.8) in the league, according to the Eagles.

Prior to his time in Minnesota, Rallis spent one season with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons as a quality control coach.

The new Cardinals DC played linebacker at the University of Minnesota from 2012-16 and appeared in 26 games.

Rallis is already familiar with one former Cardinal, as free agent tight end Maxx Williams has shown his support of the hire. Williams and Rallis played together with the Golden Gophers from 2013-14.

The Rallis family has an athletic history, as his brother Mike also played football at Minnesota and is currently a WWE wrestler that fights under the name Madcap Moss.

Rallis will assume the defensive coordinator position despite Chicago Bears LBs coach Dave Borgonzi and New England Patriots DL coach DeMarcus Covington being reportedly linked to the job.

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