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Report: Spagnuolo to join Saints

Steve Spagnuolo has agreed to join the Saints as their new defensive coordinator, according to a report from FOX Sports' Jay Glazer.

Report: Spagnuolo to join Saints

Steve Spagnuolo will become the Saints defensive coordinator, according to a report. (Yong Kim/Staff File Photo)
Steve Spagnuolo will become the Saints defensive coordinator, according to a report. (Yong Kim/Staff File Photo)

Steve Spagnuolo has agreed to join the Saints as their new defensive coordinator, according to a report from FOX Sports' Jay Glazer.

Spagnuolo was high on the wish list of many Eagles fans hoping for a change to Andy Reid's defensive staff, but he has instead taken a job with a team that reached the NFC Divisional playoff round, but needs to improve on D.

It's unclear still if the Eagles ever reached out to Spagnuolo, a former Reid assistant. The team has not commented at all on potential coaching moves.

Whether they still try to make a change on defense is unclear. Owner Jeffrey Lurie has said any decisions on the coaching staff are up to Reid, who has not spoken to the media since the last game of the Eagles season.

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Lurie has made the only comments from management since the season ended, and he seemed to lay the groundwork for a defensive shake-up, dismissing the Eagles' improvement over their last four games and saying current defensive coordinator Juan Castillo was not the team's first choice. He would comment one way or the other on Castillo's fate, but the team's silence seems to indicate that they are exploring their options on defense. Lurie notably endorsed Joe Banner, Howie Roseman and Reid, but  not Castillo.

Reid was offered several chances to back Castillo as the season wound down, but never did so, even as rumors swirled about the coordinator's future. If the head coach was sure he wanted Castillo back, it would be hard to imagine why he would not have said so by now and ended speculation about Castillo's job.

The defense had a significant influx of talent but lost five fourth quarter leads and ranked 17th in yards allowed and 22nd in points through 12 games. After that they improved to 8th in yards and 10th in points, but against suspect competition.

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