Steve Spagnuolo will be the Saints' defensive coordinator in 2012.
According to Jay Glazer, the New Orleans Saints have come to terms with Steve Spagnuolo to become their new defensive coordinator. Gregg Williams, the former coordinator, chose to join Jeff Fisher and the St. Louis Rams, and the Saints moved swiftly to replace him.
The Philadelphia Eagles were reported to be interested in Spagnuolo after Juan Castillo’s work had been seriously questioned for the biggest part of the year. Various debates have been held in the previous days as to whether Castillo or Spagnuolo is the best option for the Eagles, but this latest development has taken the former Rams head coach out of the talk.
Juan Castillo is now likely to remain at his position, although nothing has been announced. Andy Reid remains silent, while no rumors escape the NovaCare Complex. There are still decisions to be taken and Castillo’s future lies among them.
It remains a mystery whether the Eagles contacted Spagnuolo. Some days ago, Spagnuolo was supposed to take his time and explore all his options. I guess that he either had a small number of options or the Saints’ offer was by far the most advantageous—or challenging.
Personally, I like the idea of Castillo staying for another year. It’s better to expand from where you are than start all over again. Castillo has not been great, but he and his squad showed improvement, and I believe that they can keep making progress in 2012.
Of course, not signing Spagnuolo does not mean that Castillo will stay. The Eagles want to be sure they made the right choice in every vital matter before making any official announcements. My guess is that in the next couple of weeks, Andy Reid will unveil his plans for the upcoming season.