Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Rams owner Stan Kroenke plans to fire head coach Steve Spagnuolo after the season. According to Union-Tribune, it is “all but certain” that Spagnuolo will join Andy Reid’s staff as the Eagles’ defensive coordinator.
There has been and will be much speculation regarding the future of Juan Castillo. The first-year coordinator's season was fraught with early struggles, but his defense has played well of late, allowing just 12 points per game during a three-game winning streak.
Spagnuolo served as an Eagles assistant from 1999-2006, working with the linebackers and defensive backs, before taking a job as defensive coordinator with the New York Giants.
In Spagnuolo’s first season on the job in New York, his defensive scheme helped beat Tom Brady and the then 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. After his second season with the Giants, Spagnuolo filled the Rams’ head coaching vacancy but has gone just 10-37 at the helm.
Acee writes that Kroenke plans to bring in Chargers’ current GM A.J. Smith, who is likely to be fired by San Diego after another underachieving season. Smith is then expected to hire Jon Gruden as his head coach in St. Louis. Acee’s sources said that Gruden plans to return to coaching in 2012 and ESPN – Gruden’s current employer – is aware of and prepared for the move.