NFL Rumors: Steve Spagnuolo Will Be the Answer to the Philadelphia Eagles Woes

Michael Mill@@MikeMill23Senior Analyst IIIJanuary 6, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 24:  Head coach Steve Spagnuolo of St. Louis Rams watches his team play against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the Christmas Eve game on December 24, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie was right about one thing in his season ending press conference...

This season was unacceptable and changes will have to be made going forward.

Later in that press conference, we learned one change that will not be made will be at the head coaching position.

Andy Reid, at least for one more season, is here to stay.

That's about it. Nobody else is safe.

This is likely going to be the most interesting offseason since Andy Reid became head coach in Philadelphia.

It'll be more interesting than trading McNabb.

It'll be more interesting than saying goodbye to Brian Dawkins and Brian Westbrook.

It'll be more interesting than the acquisitions made last season to compile the "Dream Team."

This is it for Reid, and it's safe to venture a guess he realizes that.

Changes need to be made if this team is going to win.

There are a lot of things that need to change in Philadelphia...

The offense needs to figure out the issues with ball security. 

The ball needs to be put in the hands of LeSean McCoy more often.

DeSean Jackson and Asante Samuel need to figure out if they want to play or go.

Most importantly, the team needs to get a defensive coordinator who isn't an offensive line coach.

Right now, the guy on everybody's radar is Steve Spagnuolo, who was fired from his head coaching job in St. Louis following another disappointing season.

He may have struggled as a head coach, but Spagnuolo is one of the best defensive coaches in the league.

It was his work in New York as a defensive coordinator that allowed the Giants to win Super Bowl XLII over the undefeated Patriots.

Prior to that, Spagnuolo was a defensive coach in Philadelphia under the late Jim Johnson.

The Eagles need a lot of things, but a competent defensive coordinator needs to be at the top of the list.

I'm not attacking Juan Castillo. I think he is a great guy and a great coach. However, he was way in over his head taking over as defensive coordinator this season.

People may want to point at the final four games of the season as proof that Castillo deserves another year.

That just isn't the case.

A win against teams led by Chad Henne, Mark Sanchez, Stephen McGee and Rex Grossman isn't enough to convince me.

There is no reason to run Castillo out of town. If he would accept a role as a position coach or assistant defensive coach, then he should stick around.

The opportunity to learn from an experienced play-caller like Spagnuolo could help Castillo spark his career as a defensive coach.

There are many different situations that could unfold, but bringing back a stud defensive coach that learned from Jim Johnson is the ideal situation in the eyes of most Eagles fans.

No matter what does happen, things can't stay the same.


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