Andy Reid tried to bring Steve Spagnuolo on board

Andy Reid has spoken for the first time since the Dream Team finished the 2011 season with an 8-8 record.

The Philadelphia Eagles coach was candid, admitting that he did try to bring Steve Spagnuolo back to Philadelphia. He offered the former Eagles assistant a job but Spagnuolo chose to become the defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints.

Reid, according to Jonathan Tamari of the Philadelphia Inquirer, remains confident in Juan Castillo, who went through a rocky first season as the coordinator.

"If you could have two great coaches on defense that's better than one," Reid said. “I saw progress (in the defense under Castillo).”

The Eagles, who bottomed out at 4-8 in early December, won their final four games and statistically the defense wasn’t a disaster. It was a combination of factors that turned the season into a failure.

"If as a coach you had gotten stale, you would never win the last four games," Reid said. "But you also have to analyze the first five.
“You can take all the stats you want, but the bottom line is we weren't good enough."

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