May 16, 2015 |
Steve Spagnuolo was Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford's first NFL coach with the St. Louis Rams, and he told 97.5 The Fanatic that his former top pick is "going to do great things" in Philadelphia. "Trust me when I tell you he's got all the skills, and I keep going back to the fierce competitor because I believe elite quarterbacks in this league have that," Spagnuolo, now the New York Giants defensive coordinator, said in an interview with the radio station on Wednesday. "You think of them all, the Aaron Rodgers, the Tom Bradys, the Peyton Mannings, Eli Mannings, they're all very fierce competitors.
February 4, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - John Harbaugh learned how to charm the media in Philadelphia. Of all the things he took with him from his 10 seasons with the Eagles, it was probably his interaction with the media that prepared him best for becoming an NFL head coach. During one of his many required news conferences as he prepared his Baltimore Ravens to face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday (6:30 p.m., CBS3), Harbaugh joked that he never wanted the Eagles' top job because he was "afraid of the media there.
January 27, 2013 |
Since Steve Spagnuolo was fired Thursday by the Saints, the prospect of the Eagles hiring the former Eagles linebackers coach, Giants defensive coordinator, Rams head coach, and Saints defensive coordinator has become a hot topic. Of course, the Eagles defensive coordinator job might not be as available as it appears if the job is simply waiting on ice for 49ers defensive backs coach Ed Donatell to play the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, or on another name that has not yet surfaced. But any potential marriage between Spagnuolo and the Eagles might also be complicated by the Eagles' potential defensive scheme.
January 25, 2013
The New Orleans Saints have fired defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo after one season - a record-setting year in the wrong way. New Orleans ranked last in the NFL in total defense and run defense, yielding the most yards (7,042) ever in a single season. The Saints went 7-9 this season and allowed 454 points; only Tennessee gave up more. Coach Sean Payton, who returned to work this week after a season-long suspension, announced Thursday that Spagnuolo, a former Eagles assistant and Rams head coach, was being released.
January 2, 2013 |
OK, QUICK: Who replaced Vince Lombardi when he left the Packers? Chuck Noll when he retired from the Steelers? Don Shula when he stepped down as Dolphins coach? Tom Landry after he was fired? Marv Levy when he left the Bills? Bill Walsh? Joe Gibbs? Marty Schottenheimer? If you can answer even half of these, you are indeed a football fanatic worthy of a free Super Bowl ticket. Not that I have one to give, but if I did, you'd be at or near the top of my list. It's an interesting list, filled with some notable hits and some grandiose misses.
September 17, 2012
Antoine Winfield struggled to come up with the words to describe what it's been like in the nine days since his younger brother was murdered. The Minnesota Vikings cornerback played in the season opener last weekend, four days after learning of the death of 30-year-old Anthony Travis. And when the Vikings take the field against the Colts in Indianapolis on Sunday, he will be playing just three days after attending his brother's funeral. Winfield returned to practice Friday, one day after flying to his hometown of Akron, Ohio, for the services for Travis, who had two daughters.
September 10, 2012 |
Andy Reid tried to hire Todd Bowles a year before he actually added him to his coaching staff. The then-Miami assistant wasn't high on the coach's list, but he was on it. Who knows how Bowles would have done in an interview had the Dolphins allowed him to talk with Reid, who was searching for a defensive coordinator in January 2011. Perhaps Bowles would have wowed Reid. He did enough to land the job coaching defensive backs with the Eagles this past offseason. He is talented enough, according to Reid, to someday be a head coach in the NFL. In all likelihood, though, Bowles wouldn't have gotten the job. Reid had his man in mind from the outset - a move so bold and shocking that he couldn't have seriously been considering any other candidate because each one would have been more qualified.
August 8, 2012 |
Mike Holmgren had dinner at the Reid household one night in the early 1990s. He was recruiting Andy Reid to coach with him. Dinner had been prepared, and the entire Reid family sat down at the table with Holmgren. Garrett Reid was just a boy at the time. Around the table, they said a prayer and gave thanks for the food in front of them. Then the madness of young children at the dinner table ensued. "It was like Star Wars," Holmgren said. Holmgren was one of many current and former NFL players, coaches and officials who made the trip to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Broomall Tuesday morning to show support to the Reid family at Garrett Reid's funeral.
March 29, 2012
SO, LET'S GET this straight: The New Orleans Saints run a bounty scheme for the past 3 years, win a Super Bowl with it, get caught, their excellent head coach gets suspended . . . And they wind up with a better head coach? This is justice? Somehow, it doesn't seem likely that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell expected the Saints to become a more respected team when he played hangin' judge last week. Goodell suspended Sean Payton for 10 months, beginning April 1, unless Payton appeals.
February 5, 2012
I'm finished whining about Andy Reid's still being here as coach of the Eagles. Whether we like it or not, Reid is here for at least one more year - his 14th season as the Birds' head man, if you're counting. And we all are. So long as we don't have a choice, I'd like to get behind Reid and hope he can finally spin off an appearance in the Super Bowl. I'm not mad at him. And you'd have to be a cretin to root against the Eagles next season to assure that Reid gets fired. But after listening to Reid's first news conference since the Eagles season ended, I've got to wonder whether the man has any idea what he's doing.