Last winter Andy Reid thought he had revolutionized the coaching world. Reid had hired his offensive line coach to be his defensive coordinator. Who better to understand how to get after a quarterback then the guy who draws up the protections schemes.
Fast forward to the end of the 2011 season and Andy Reid has revolutionized nothing. Actually Reid is fighting for his job. Most fans are calling for his head after his most talented team in recent memory has fell to 4-8 following a blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks on national television.
Juan Castillo will be fired eventually, and Andy Reid will be given more year to prove he win a Super Bowl. They key to Andy Reid's future success in Philadelphia will be the move that nearly cost him his job this season, defensive coordinator.
It will be a great year to need a defensive coordinator. Several former head coaches with a defensive background will be unemployed and looking at defensive coordinator job opening, including one with a Super Bowl ring as a defensive play caller.
2012 has a chance to be a truly special year for the Eagles but Andy Reid has to get has defense in order. These five candidates are more than capable of doing just that.