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 ProFootballTalk.com 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."
"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.