Philadelphia Eagles: Dream Team Is Desperate as They Fail to Hire Eric Mangini

Alex KayCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2011

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 19:  Head coach Eric Mangini of the Cleveland Browns on the sidelines while playing the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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You know your season is in trouble when beleaguered former head coach Eric Mangini turns down your job offer to be a defensive consultant.

That’s exactly what is reporting this morning.

"ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio reported Wednesday morning that Eric Mangini was the team’s first choice for the gig, but he turned down the offer. Mangini is now working at ESPN."

The news comes after the 1-4 Eagles denied an earlier report that they were set to hire a defensive consultant to try to turn their defense around.

"Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported Monday that Eagles coach Andy Reid and the team's front office had discussed the premise of hiring a veteran coach during the bye week to help with the struggling defense.

"An Eagles spokesman said Tuesday that the team was not hiring one."

It makes sense that they definitely considered the notion, since Juan Castillo is a first-year defensive coordinator and could definitely use a helping hand to get his unit turned in the right direction.

That being the case, I don’t understand why the team didn’t hire someone. There are a ton of willing coaches out there who are more than capable, besides Eric Mangini, to help turn a team around.

The Eagles could have looked at bringing in someone like Herm Edwards out of their analyst position and putting them back on the field and in the locker room.

Herm has strong ties to the Eagles and I imagine he would be honored to help turn the "Dream Team" around.

The bottom line is that the team needs help on both sides of the ball. If they could at least get someone to assist with the defense, Reid and the rest of the staff could focus more on righting the ship for the offense.

Not hiring anyone was a bad mistake by the Eagles and one that will cost them this season.