Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid says he offered Steve Spagnuolo a coaching position with the club before he decided to become the new defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints, according to NFL.com.
The 52-year-old former head coach previously served as a defensive coach for the Eagles from 1999-2006 under Reid. Spagnuolo was fired this offseason after an unsuccessful three-year stint as the head coach of the St. Louis Rams. Despite a 7-9 finish in 2010, his overall 11-38 record with the Rams forced the club to re-evaluate their future.
Spagnuolo chose to replace departing defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in New Orleans. Williams left the Saints to become the defensive coordinator under Jeff Fisher in St. Louis.
Prior to joining the Rams, Spagnuolo was considered the architect of the 2007 New York Giants defense that defeated the seemingly invincible New England Patriots in Super bowl XLII.