|Spags was a defensive assistant under Reid from 1999-2003. (Getty Images/US PRESSWIRE)|
By Ryan Wilson
Come Monday, there will be plenty of teams looking for head coaches. The Dolphins, Chiefs and Jaguars have already parted ways with Tony Sparano, Todd Haley and Jack Del Rio, and the Rams, Colts, Chargers and Buccaneers could pink-slip their respective coaches by next week.
So it won't come as a surprise if St. Louis decides to move on from Steve Spagnuolo. In three seasons, Spags has gone 1-15, 7-9 and is 2-13 as the Rams enter Week 17. In fact, there's the distinct possibility that St. Louis could have the first overall pick for the second time in three years.
On Monday night, the San Diego Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee reported that Jon Gruden might be tabbed to replace Spagnuolo in St. Louis, and CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman confirmed through two sources and Gruden indeed was looking to get back into the NFL.
Overlooked in Acee's story: Spagnuolo could be reunited with Andy Reid in Philadelphia.
"League sources also said this week that it is all but certain that Spagnuolo will join Andy Reid’s staff in Philadelphia as the Eagles’ defensive coordinator."
That means curtains for Juan Castillo, the longtime offensive assistant hired as the defensive coordinator prior to the season. There were reports earlier this month that Reid's future in Philly was contingent on parting ways with Castillo. (Reid later denied it.) Of course, Castillo could return to coaching the offensive line, a position he held from 1998-2010 in Philly. As for Spags' imminent arrival, there are some logistics to take care of first.
He's certainly qualified for the job -- Spagnuolo was the Giants' defensive coordinator when they beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl four years ago -- but the Eagles also have Jim Washburn as their defensive line coach. Washburn came to Philly from Tennessee and he brought the "wide nine" with him. It's a scheme built on getting pressure from the front four and involves little blitzing. Spags was a zone-blitzing maniac during his DC days.
As Philly.com's Sheil Kapadia points out, there's also the matter of Spags being available (likely), the Eagles willing to move on from Castillo (also likely), and Spags' interest in the defensive coordinator's gig in light of other potential offers. And then we can begin the Dream Team talk in earnest (that's a joke).
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