The buzz in Indy, at least among those who ordinarily cover the Eagles but who are covering the Super Bowl instead this week, is that coach Andy Reid deliberately waited for the cats to be away until holding a press conference.
Though some of the regulars weren’t there to pepper him with questions, Reid said plenty.
One of the most significant nuggets came from his admission that he offered former Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo a job.
“If you can have two great coaches on defense, that’s even better than having one,” Reid said, via Andy Schwartz of CSNPhilly.com. “That’s about as far as it went there. We didn’t talk about titles. We didn’t go into any of that. . . . He ended up going to New Orleans.”
They didn’t talk about titles perhaps because they didn’t need to talk about titles. What other title would Spagnuolo have than defensive coordinator?
While Reid predictably claims both Spagnuolo and Castillo would have remained on the staff, it’s the clearest piece of evidence that, unlike last year, Reid wanted to explore his alternatives before firing his defensive coordinator. Since Reid ultimately could find no one better than Castillo — whose prospects were buoyed by the late-season performance of the defense — Castillo stays.
But if things don’t improve dramatically in 2012, Spagnuolo could be offered another job with the Eagles next year. The title next time around could be “head coach.”