Former St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo could soon...

Former St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo could soon be a part of Philadelphia's defensive staff. (Dec. 24, 2011) Credit: AP

Steve Spagnuolo may be coming back to the NFC East.

The NFL Network is reporting that the former Giants defensive coordinator, who helped win Super Bowl XLII, will meet with the Eagles by the end of the week and could wind up on their defensive staff, perhaps even as the coordinator. Spagnuolo left the Giants after the 2008 season to become Rams coach but was fired recently.

Eagles coach Andy Reid and Spagnuolo are reportedly on vacation, but Spagnuolo is expected back soon. He apparently will make Philadelphia his first stop on the re-employment trail. Spagnuolo was a defensive assistant for eight seasons on Reid's staff before joining the Giants in 2007.

It's unclear if Spagnuolo will replace Juan Castillo as the Eagles' defensive coordinator, but if he's hired he'll become a key decision-maker and perhaps even the play-caller if he's not given the title.

There was speculation that Spagnuolo could rejoin the Giants next season if they decided to part with coordinator Perry Fewell. The Giants' defense has rounded into form in the last month, however, and it was learned that Fewell signed an extension through the 2012 season last January.

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