A report over the weekend had the Philadelphia Eagles looking at New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo as a potential target for that same job on Doug Pederson’s staff, but it doesn’t look like Spagnuolo is going anywhere.
Spagnuolo is still under contract with the Giants, meaning the Eagles would have needed permission to interview him, and they weren’t going to get it. ESPN’s Adam Scheffer reported Monday that though the Eagles explored the option, Spagnuolo will stay in New York under new head coach, longtime offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.
Just last week Giants co-owner John Mara cited Spagnuolo as a great resource for a new head coach such as McAdoo.
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“I said you need to surround yourself with experienced people,” Mara said, per the New York Post. “I don’t think that you fully understand everything that you have to do as a head coach. It’s a lot more than just drawing up the offensive game plan. You have to be worried about the defensive side, you’re going to have to deal with the media, you’re going to have to deal with personnel issues that arise on a day-by-day basis, players’ off-the-field issues, a lot goes into that. He’s smart enough to understand, and I think he will surround himself with the right people. And he’s got a great resource in Steve Spagnuolo here who’s been a head coach. I’m sure Steve will help him a little bit.”