With reports that former Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo has accepted an offer to revamp an inconsistent Saints’ defense, further uncertainty now surrounds the Eagles’ plans on the defensive side of the ball.
While many (myself included) wanted to see Spagnuolo land in Philly, he is also not the Eagles’ only option. They could bring in a guy like former Jags head coach Jack Del Rio, or interview other teams’ defensive assistants. Remember, Steve Spagnuolo wasn’t always the well-known defensive mastermind who drew up a perfect gameplan to shut down Tom Brady and the Patriots in Super Bowl . Guys like Spagnuolo have to get a shot–and maybe that next guy is out there.
They could stick with current defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. And I’m getting the hunch that’s precisely what the Eagles intend to do. As Andy Reid continues his offseason silence, it’s beginning to look more and more likely that the team simply believes the continuity of Castillo’s system gives the Eagles the best chance to win.
While I absolutely don’t agree with that assessment, one can’t fault the Eagles for wanting to limit offseason turnover–in their post-season evaluations, such drastic turnover is one of key areas they believe led to their downfall last season.
I’m not particularly excited about the prospect of status quo in Philadelphia, but the Eagles aren’t going to make a change just for hell of it or just because fans want it, so I’m willing to wager status quo is exactly what we’re going to get.