Jan 9, 2012, 2:19 AM EST
Whenever a team comes up far short of expectations, there’s gonna be a fall guy, and for the Eagles, it’s not Juan Castillo — at least not yet.
Over the weekend, the team announced it has parted ways with cornerbacks coach Johnnie Lynn, who joined the staff this past offseason. When you think about it, it was a predictable outcome given that the defense often failed to get the most out of its three Pro Bowl corners.
Cue speculation that more moves could be on the way, such as hiring Steve Spagnuolo to reprise one of his original roles on the staff.
You read that right. While most outlets are dead set on the potential demotion or removal of Castillo from his defensive coordinator post in favor of Spags, the more logical move might be Spags to coach the DB’s, as he did between 2001-03 in Philadelphia, part of his eight-year stint with the club.
Despite the issues with personnel and their five blown fourth-quarter leads, the Eagles’ defense ranked eighth in the NFL and tenth in points allowed in Castillo’s first season. Spagnuolo’s Rams were 22nd and 26th in those respective categories.
And if you think Spags would be adverse to stepping all the way back to position coach, think again. He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that all options are on the table.
“No one has asked me to be a head coach yet and I’m not saying that is going to happen. But everything in between — like being a coordinator again, or maybe a position coach — yeah, those are both realistic possibilities.”
He also said he hasn’t made any decisions at all though, even as far as taking a break from coaching in 2012.
Of course, it is plausible Spagnuolo could take over for Castillo as well. One reason Andy Reid claimed he relieved Sean McDermott of his duties a year ago was due to intense scrutiny. There’s certainly been plenty of that in Juan’s case.
But as we’ll be delving into this week, that may not be on Reid’s mind this time around. Despite conventional thinking, Castillo actually did a reasonably good job, particularly for his first year after the insane transition from offensive line coach. If Spags is coming back, he may have to settle for more of a support role.
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