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Could Steve Spagnuolo join Andy Reid in Philly?

Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:15 pm
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'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'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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Since: Dec 28, 2011
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Since: Aug 14, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:00 pm

Could Steve Spagnuolo join Andy Reid in Philly?

it would be a great belated christmas present if somehow we could get spags to come back to the giants, either as DC or head coach, howver i'd be shocked if coughlin is fired this year, the defense just has had the same ferocity since he left.

Since: Jul 10, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:35 pm

Could Steve Spagnuolo join Andy Reid in Philly?

To everyone who wants to see Reid gone, it will never happen. The Eagles will stick with Reid until he gets his Super Bowl win, like the Steelers did with Cowher. Reid is a coach of *almost* the same caliber, and I think he will still get his SB win with Vick, and then probably retire. This Eagle team will gel (as we are seeing with their play of late) and be scary good next year. First things first: get rid of Vince Young. Second, get someone like Spag to call the defense. Third, pay DeSean Jackson. They won't have to pay him as much as they would have had to before this season. The Eagles are my favorite team in the division and I expect them to crush Dallas and New York next season and win at least 13 games. You watch.

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:59 pm

Could Steve Spagnuolo join Andy Reid in Philly?

So?  Spags is a good coach, sure, but this defense is barren of good, young talent.  The past 5 drafts have been total busts on the defensive side of the ball.  Who was the last good draft pick on defense?  Trent Cole in 06?  The problem isn't the defensive coordinator, it's the head coach.  We couldn't win a Superbowl with Jim Johnson, a fantastic defensive coordinator - and now spags will solve the problem?  Please.  We all know what the issue is.  Until that is resolved nothing changes.  Maybe 10-6, maybe 8-8.  That's where we live now.  No chance of upward or downward movement, stuck in pergatory.

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:13 pm

Could Steve Spagnuolo join Andy Reid in Philly?

Planediddy [ great tag ] I feel your pain. Lovey is the most uninspiring field day coach I have ever seen. his heart rate must "30" !!! Meanwhile when you lose your starting QB and you lose a top 5 RB combined with an extremely weak WR core and no TE to speak get exactly what you have unfortunately experienced the last 5 weeks...Kalil Bell was right there ready to go. McNabb was sitting at home...........they could have plugged the holes way better than the Bears management did. Sucks as a fan as right now the season in Chicago and in my home city Philadelpia is over........Fantasy Football my friend is your answer !! Best wishes......

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:03 pm

Could Steve Spagnuolo join Andy Reid in Philly?

Why does nobody ever mention the Bears possibly needing a new coach??  They have the worst head coach in all of professional sports.  Lovie Smith continually gets outcoached on a weekly basis.  He is terrible at preparing his team for games.  He can not manage a clock.  He has zero emotion in a town that needs a coach with some passion!  He has allowed a 7-3 team to lose 5 games in a row to sub par teams (excluding the Packers) and he somehow allowed Caleb Hanie to be his backup quarterback.  Caleb who???  Exactly my point.  At least Josh McCown has some kind of clue how to manage a game as he proved in Green Bay Sunday night.  McCown (4 weeks after being plucked off of the street) was better than Hanie who is in his 4th year with the Bears.  Both Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith need to go now!!!!!!

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:40 pm

Could Steve Spagnuolo join Andy Reid in Philly?

Bleed - the D is in more of a crisis than the Offense.  The Offense has been quite good this year, except for the running game.  I think that has to do more with the multiple changes on the offensive line.  Another year for these guys to jell on the line with perhaps a key free agent line addition will help the running game, which will make the passing game much more potent.  Some of Gilbride's calls are indeed maddening - like the second down and 10 yards lame runs up the middle that get 3 yards max, but the D is more of a pressing issue.  They couldn't cover a team of girls.  Their linebackers and secondary are really lacking.  Charlie Whitehurst?  Rex Grossman twice?  Vince Young?  Forget about it when they play an excellent quarterback.

In my opinion, their offseason needs are as follows:

Defensive backs
Offensive lineman
Perhaps a young up and coming running back that could backup Bradshaw.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:33 pm

Could Steve Spagnuolo join Andy Reid in Philly?

Actually.....we'll throw in Kevin Gilbride into the's time to get rid of that bum also.....I could call a better game than him.....He's the biggest problem with the Giants "O"......any takers??????

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:30 pm

Could Steve Spagnuolo join Andy Reid in Philly?

I would really like to see Spag's return to the Giants. With Coughlin being 65 yrs old, he could slide into the Head Coache job eisier there than in Philly. I agree....Fewell stinks.....

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:25 pm

Could Steve Spagnuolo join Tom Coughlin in NY?

The Giants' D hasn't been the same since Spagnoulo left them for the Rams HC position.  Fewells' defenses have been awful.  I'd like to see Spags back on the Giants.

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