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Reid admits he offered Spagnuolo a job

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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.”

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40 Responses to “Reid admits he offered Spagnuolo a job”
  1. billinva says: Feb 1, 2012 8:05 AM

    Dream Team 2012!!!

  2. hashsview says: Feb 1, 2012 8:17 AM

    Glad Castillo is still the D coordinator. Its about time they defensive side of the ball doesn’t have to learn a new sceme every damn year. And Spag? I don’t see the big deal about the buzz cut dude. Last time I checked he kepted the Rams on pace for the crappiest team of the last 10 years.

  3. wawa33 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:17 AM

    Then fat, arrogant Andy withdrew the offer to hurry to Golden Corral’s buffet and their chocolate fountain.

  4. cleverbob says: Feb 1, 2012 8:19 AM

    As if Spags would take a role as a position coach in Philly when all the other teams are throwing their figurative panties at him…

  5. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Feb 1, 2012 8:21 AM

    Andy Reid is such a fat mess. The entire NFC East, with the exception of the Giants obviously, is a complete dysfunctional mess.

  6. east96st says: Feb 1, 2012 8:21 AM

    1960

  7. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Feb 1, 2012 8:23 AM

    Trying to give the defensive coordinator job to a defensive coach?

    INSANITY.

  8. jackntorres says: Feb 1, 2012 8:27 AM

    Yeah, Saints or Eagles is a tough choice.

  9. eddiemeredith says: Feb 1, 2012 8:27 AM

    Juan Castillo is a specialized talent… not a good DC, but he does know how to pressure the QB. With a DC like Spags they could have really had something.

  10. millch12 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:29 AM

    The actual quote was “If you can have two great coaches on defense, that’s even better than having just Juan.”

  11. wicky888 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:29 AM

    I guess Spags wanted to go to a contender

  12. mikea311 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:30 AM

    Bowles was hired to be the next head coach.

  13. jagerbmb says: Feb 1, 2012 8:30 AM

    Who would want to have their staff dictated to them. Hiring the DL coach before the DC. Juan must stay. I bet Spags ran the other way…

  14. AlanSaysYo says: Feb 1, 2012 8:31 AM

    In Reid’s defense, Spags was his second choice. He’s always had his eye on the pastrami sub for that position.

  15. eagleempire says: Feb 1, 2012 8:37 AM

    Spags, head coach in Philly….I dont think so! It’s bad enough we have to put up with another year of “uuuggh ummm, I gotta do a better job….I take full responsibility….garbage from Andy. if they bring in a head coach who won 10 games in three season’s….we’ll be jumping off the Ben Franklin Bridge

  16. 44mpo says: Feb 1, 2012 8:39 AM

    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.”

    Cute concluding paragraph Mike, but really?? Head coach again??
    I think not!

  17. jjrs89 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:44 AM

    I heard they are making Vince Young their defensive coordinator. That guy knows how to read a defense!

    Who am I kidding, he probably cant even actually read.

  18. glennfs says: Feb 1, 2012 8:49 AM

    “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?”

    Teams frequently make up titles to either appease the coach hired, or to avoid offending coaches already on staff. Assistant HC/Defensive Consultant is a position. Is it made up? Sure. But it would have come with a salary, benefits, and had an impact on the team.

  19. gavriloprincip33 says: Feb 1, 2012 9:14 AM

    jjrs89 says:Feb 1, 2012 8:44 AM

    I heard they are making Vince Young their defensive coordinator. That guy knows how to read a defense!

    Who am I kidding, he probably cant even actually read.

    ———————-

    Surely you jest; he went to that bastion of academic intregry known as T Sip U!

  20. clavette says: Feb 1, 2012 9:19 AM

    Can’t blame the guy for taking the saints over the eagles. Saints are a super bowl contender already. He wins a super bowl with them and he’s right back to getting a shot as a head coach.

    Philly is a mess and vick can’t stay healthy enough to make them a legitimate contender. Plus their defense is awful. Overpaid db’s that cry because none of them can play the slot, one can only play one side of the field, can only play man coverage yet get embarrassed by victor cruz, and one that gets 1int per 4 touchdowns he gets burned on. There’s not 1 good linebacker and their best DE couldn’t stop a run if his entire paycheck depended on it

  21. moochzilla says: Feb 1, 2012 9:45 AM

    Seriously, this guy is the 4th best pro coach we have in this city right now.

    No plan. Lame duck status. Maintaining a DC he has zero confidence in.

    But he seems to be nicer now.

  22. phillysuxbigd says: Feb 1, 2012 10:17 AM

    “two” great coaches on defense????? so Reid’s implying that they already have one great coach on defense on that staff……wow. the ego on that guy

  23. deathmonkey41 says: Feb 1, 2012 10:19 AM

    You really can’t blame Reid for waiting until most of the reporters were in Indy for the Superbowl though- long press conferences tend to cut into his pre-First Lunch snack.

  24. cleverbob says: Feb 1, 2012 10:38 AM

    phillysuxbigd says:
    Feb 1, 2012 10:17 AM

    “two” great coaches on defense????? so Reid’s implying that they already have one great coach on defense on that staff……wow. the ego on that guy
    =====================================

    I’m guessing he was referring to Washburn or Bowles.

  25. drexelvol says: Feb 1, 2012 10:54 AM

    “If you can have two great coaches on defense, that’s even better than having one,”

    Erm, who is the “one?”

  26. deathmonkey41 says: Feb 1, 2012 11:04 AM

    eddiemeredith says:
    Feb 1, 2012 8:27 AM
    With a DC like Spags they could have really had something.

    You mean like the 32nd ranked run defense in the league like he had with the Rams? Yeah, he’s awesome. Eventually he’s not going to be able to live off that Superbowl against the Patriots anymore, but I guess not yet.

  27. n0hopeleft says: Feb 1, 2012 11:12 AM

    The EMPTY TROPHY CASE CLAN at its finest right here.

    All you losers talking about the Giants being a joke, and you “owning us”..

    I’d rather the Eagles “own” the Giants – while we keep collecting Lombardi’s.

    Losers.

  28. tdurk34 says: Feb 1, 2012 11:17 AM

    Have you ever met some of the Philadelphia regulars that cover the Eagles? They couldn’t come up with a good question collectively.

  29. tdurk34 says: Feb 1, 2012 11:20 AM

    What other title would Spagnuolo have than defensive coordinator?
    Hmmm…I don’t know, maybe Asst Head Coach defense? Or how about this one Special Consultant Defense? You know the same title Marty had when he was offered a “landing spot” here in Philly.

    But of course saying that wouldn’t make as big a shock for your story.

  30. snowpea84 says: Feb 1, 2012 11:20 AM

    None of it matters. Vick is still under center, and that means the Eagles won’t be good enough.

  31. goawayeverybody says: Feb 1, 2012 11:28 AM

    I hate to admit it, but I think the Eagles could be scary good next year. The last four weeks of the regular season, they probably played better football than anyone.

  32. moochzilla says: Feb 1, 2012 11:34 AM

    An idiot could take the Eagles to 10-6, but we chose to make an OL coach the DC and gave away a game to teach DeSean Jackson a lesson.

  33. phillysuxbigd says: Feb 1, 2012 12:25 PM

    @ cleverbob

    yeah…..im sure that’s what what he meant. washburn and the newly acquired bowles are sooooo great

  34. eaglesfanalways says: Feb 1, 2012 12:29 PM

    Right…titles weren’t discussed. He would have come in as Defensive Coordinator – anything less would have been insane! He just didn’t want to throw Juan under the bus…he was looking to replace him because he is NOT a DC! Even though he was fired from his last job, Spagnuolo has enough pride to not come into a situation where he’s second banana to an offensive line coach!

  35. greymares says: Feb 1, 2012 12:42 PM

    Juan Castillo had the 8th or 10th defense in the N.F.L. (depending on which report you read) now thats pretty darn good. where was Spags gonna help, the only place was linebacker coach. now with the putred defense he has in N.O. he will be able to earn those big bucks.

  36. bonato55 says: Feb 1, 2012 4:04 PM

    Here we go let me sum this up…

    Why would spags come here to share a Def when he just left a team as a head coach ( bad season or not)….

    Why did Andy keep J.C ?? Because if he got rid of him then it goes down as a horrible decision… Now he has one more year to try again and add some help with Todd Bowles …

    I dont hate Reid but i can say i hope he makes the right moves in free agencey and drafting people this year, because hes no longer picking poeple for the future its now his job and this up coming yeae!!

  37. nodak2de says: Feb 1, 2012 5:21 PM

    Yeah, Saints or Eagles is a tough choice

    Yeah, because other than your one good year your history is littered with all kinds of success. I would be interested to know what the Saints lifetime winning pct is

  38. domehead says: Feb 1, 2012 8:34 PM

    Well…Maybe you SHOULD have talked titles. Though I’m pretty happy how it worked out.

  39. domehead says: Feb 1, 2012 9:07 PM

    “nodak2de says: I would be interested to know what the Saints lifetime winning pct is”

    Well…The NFL is a ‘what have you done for me lately’ league. So in the last 3 years, the Saints are 37-11 (.703 win pct).
    They are 5-3 in the playoffs with a Super Bowl trophy in ’09.
    Sean Payton’s Saints are 3-1 against the Eagles in addition to knocking them out of the playoffs in his first year in N.O. (’06)
    That sums it up for you?

  40. 06jonjon says: Feb 1, 2012 11:24 PM

    All you people that keep saying theyll be better with a full training camp and all, you do realize no one else had one either correct??? I dont hear any other teams fans using that as an excuse. And im from south jersey so i know what im talking about. I hear fans call in all the time using that excuse. Its pathetic

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