When it finally happened, it wasn't a big surprise. Fox's Jay Glazer reported this evening that Steve Spagnuolo is going to be the new defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints.
It was apparent several days ago that Spagnuolo was in no hurry to return to the Eagles, for whom he was a defensive assistant from 1999-2006. The Eagles have never disclosed whether they wanted Spagnuolo back or not -- and now that he has signed somewhere else, expect word to filter out that they really didn't, regardless of whether that is the truth.
Apparently, Juan Castillo will go to Mobile for Senior Biowl practices next week as the Eagles' defensive coordinator. Will that be the case for the 2012 season? We don't know. We do know Eagles coach Andy Reid STILL hasn't done his season wrapup news conference. Reid might or might not go to Mobile, an Eagles source said today.
New Orleans might offer Spagnuolo less overall defensive talent than the Eagles, but there's no question that improving the Saints' leaky defense is a high-profile job that could get Spagnuolo back into the head coaching mix very quickly. As long as Sean Payton is the head coach and Drew Brees is the quarterback, the Saints will be prominent NFC contenders.