Interesting developments today that could affect the Eagles, none of them originating from One NovaCare Way.
The Falcons hired former 49ers head coach Mike Nolan as their defensive coordinator, eliminating them from the Steve Spagnuolo sweepstakes. So the Spagnuolo picture is clearer? Ahh - not so fast! Turns out Spagnuolo interviewed Monday in Indianapolis for the d-coordinator spot there, with new GM Ryan Grigson, who left the Eagles for that job last week. Today, Grigson and owner Jim Irsay fired their head coach, Jim Caldwell, who participated in the Spagnuolo interview, Grigson confirmed at a press conference announcing Caldwell's departure.
So, is Spagnulo still a candidate for D-coordinator in Indy, despite the fact that there is no head coach, and a head coach normally hires his coordinators? Or is he now a head-coaching candidate in Indy, given his connection with Grigson, and despite his 10-38 record in St. Louis? OR, could Grigson be looking at Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg as his head coach, who also has a deep connection with Spags, who then could become d-coordinator? Or could Mornhinweg be heading to the Oakland Raiders as their head coach. The NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora is reporting that Mornhinweg will be interviewed by the Raiders.
"As this thing moves along, the picture will become more clear," Grigson said, when asked to clear up whether he would hire a coordinator before hiring a coach.
Spagnuolo also has been reported to be a d-coordinator candidate in New Orleans, which might be the most attractive opening, despite many reports linking him to the Eagles, for whom he coached from 1999-2006.
As for Mornhinweg, the Raiders have been linked to a number of head coaching candidates, with Packers linebackers coach Winston Moss believed to the the favorite. They also have interviewed Dolphins interim head coach Todd Bowles and heve received permission to talk to Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen and Saints offensive coordunator Pete Carmichael Jr.