Report: Steve Spagnuolo Returning To Philly As Defensive CoordinatorBREAKING NEWS, Coaching Staff, Eagles, News Tuesday, December 27th, 2011
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported last night that former Eagles linebacker coach Steve Spagnuolo will be fired by Rams owner Stan Kroenke and return to the Eagles as their defensive coordinator.
Acee said Spags returning to the Eagles is “all but certain”. Of course, were Spagnuolo to return to Philadelphia as the defensive coordinator, it would mean current defensive coordinator Juan Castillo would have to be fired or moved back to his offensive line spot. Who knows what would happen to defensive line coach Jim Washburn and his “Wide Nine” alignment?
During his news conference yesterday, Eagles head coach Andy Reid refused to comment about himself or Castillo returning to coach here again next season. He said that he hasn’t spoken to team owner Jeffrey Lurie about his future with the ball club. Reid said he was focused on beating the Redskins in the Birds final regular season game next Sunday.
Personally, I believe this could happen. I’ve heard Anthony Gargano, who is a good friend of Spagnuolo’s, say on 94WIP numerous times that he didn’t think Spags would be fired this season. Sometimes a coach has a great feel for job status other times the coach is the last one to know.
According to Acee, league sources close to San Diego team president Dean Spanos say that the Chargers will fire their head coach Norv Turner. And chances are that Spanos will also fire GM Smith. but he won’t decide that until the middle of the week.
Acee says Rams owner Kranke will hire Smith as his GM when and if he becomes available while bringing in Jon Gruden as his new head coach. Acee reports that sources have told him that ESPN is already aware of Gruden’s desire to get back into coaching by taking this job with the Rams.
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