A familiar face could be returning to the Eagles.
According to a report by the NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora (and then reported by Philly.com), former defensive assistant Steve Spagnuolo is expected to be back with the team before the end of the week.
La Canfora reported that Spagnuolo will replace defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, perhaps not in title, but as the leader of the Eagles defense.
The Eagles had no comment. Eagles head coach Andy Reid is on vacation and various reporters (including Geoff Mosher and Jeff McLane) who cover the team say no announcement will be made before he returns.
Spagnuolo, fired as head coach of the St. Louis Rams last week after three seasons at the helm, spent eight seasons with the Eagles before leaving in 2007 to become the New York Giants’ defensive coordinator. He guided the Giants to their Super Bowl upset over the previously unbeaten Patriots.
If Spagnuolo does not replace Castillo as coordinator he could be named an assistant head coach along with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, says Philly.com. If Castillo is out in his current position, he could fill the vacancy at secondary coach after Johnnie Lynn was fired last week.
More on this developing story from John Clark on NBC10 News at 5 p.m. Tuesday.