Last month, former Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo accepted a job with the New Orleans Saints to become their new defensive coordinator. Much was made of the decision, and the story generally wgoes that Spagnuolo wanted a change of scenery and the opportuntiy to work alongside Sean Payton’s high-powered offense in order to parlay probably success into another head coaching gig.
Conventional wisdom suggests the Saints will be slightly better position to make a Super Bowl in in 2012 than the Eagles (despite Trent Cole’s recent insistence to the contrary).
But now comes this little tidbit from former Eagles safety Quintin Mikell, who played under Spagnuolo in St. Louis last season.
As Mikell suggests in a recent Tweet from NBC10’s John Clark, it appears the Eagles were unwilling to give Spagnuolo full control over the defense, instead preferring that he split duties and titles with current defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. Something tells me Spags wasn’t particularly interested in those conditions.
Mikell seems to imply that Spagnuolo wanted to return to the NFC East and get a shot to be the much needed savior the Eagles defense is looking for. So then what the hell happened?
Now, to be fair, we don’t know how much Mikell really knows. But if the Eagles had the opportunity to bring in Spagnuolo, but couldn’t seal the deal because they didn’t want to strip power away from Castillo, then Jesus H.
I’d love to know what really went down in this spot and hear from Spagnuolo on the topic, but something tells me that won’t be the case.
Then again, if Andy Reid’s team crashes and burns in year 14, maybe Spagnuolo will make his long awaited return to Philly–as the team’s head coach.